Cover Osteuropa 5/2010

In Osteuropa 5/2010

Welfare State, My Foot!
On the Situation of Older People in Ukraine

Semen Gluzman

Deutsche Fassung


In contrast to official pronouncements, the situation for older people in Ukraine is precarious. Social organisations that look after the elderly are state-run and function poorly. Non-governmental organisations are most rare in this field. Assistance programmes practically ignore the needs of the population in the countryside. The Ukrainian state is not prepared to solve the demographic problems facing the country. There is no senior citizen and welfare policy worthy of the name.

(Osteuropa 5/2010, pp. 281–284)