2011 | 38 | special issue: MEDICAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL, SOCIOLOGICAL AND ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF AGEING IN POLAND. POLSENIOR | 30-35
The Economic Situation and the Care Needs of Older Persons in Poland
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The analysis of the answers provided by 60% of the surveyed population to the questions about the economic situation of their households shows that the income received by women is generally lower. The same applies to the earnings of the households where the respondents lived. 27.6% of the men and twice as many women (55,1%) received a revenue of up to 1000 PLN a month. Monthly revenue of more than a half of the respondents did not exceed 1250 PLN. Despite this fact, 2/3 of the respondents rated their revenue management capabilities as good, indicating that they live sparingly and can afford to make all the necessary purchases. However, this assessment does not seem to reflect the objective state and is rather over-optimistic. Overall, 18.6% of older people claim that they definitely need help of another person in their daily life. Although over 90% of them receives such assistance, it is in 80% of cases granted solely by the family. The study showed for the first time in Poland how as we age increases the level of the demand for care, from 5.5% in the age group 60–64 years to even 50.3% among those aged 90 years and over. Slightly more often men require repeated assistance during the day (69.3% of all in need of assistance) than women (65.4%).
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