Cover Osteuropa 5/2010

In Osteuropa 5/2010

The Torn Generation
Profil of Old Age in Poland

Barbara Szatur-Jaworska

Deutsche Fassung


In Poland, there are more and more old people. Above all in the cities, the share of the elderly has increased in recent years. Although many old people in Poland had to leave their homeland in the course of their life, the family plays the biggest role in providing for old people. Financially, the senior citizens are comparably well off. With increasing life expectancy, the number of those needing care will increase. The social engagement of the elderly is slight. Their social status depends on their origins, education, and the generation to which they belong: that of the interwar era, the wartime and postwar era, or the most recent one, which could still become the winners of the transformation.

(Osteuropa 5/2010, pp. 239–252)