Cover Osteuropa 5/2010

In Osteuropa 5/2010

Old Age Policy as Cross-Sectional Task
German and International Perspectives

Andreas Kruse

Deutsche Fassung


A modern senior citizen policy must open up to older people the prospect of leading an autonomous and active life within and on behalf of society. It must create the framework for assisting those requiring care and those who are sick. However, senior citizen policy must also be measured by how it deals with the prospects of younger people and future generations. Senior citizen policy is more than a state task. It requires individual and social engagement as well as international cooperation. For society is growing old around the world. Early on, the United Nations recognised the demographic change and issues of old age and gave these issues essential impetus. But UN member states have neglected to pursue a collective strategy in senior citizen policy.

(Osteuropa 5/2010, pp. 97–116)