2011 | 38 | special issue: MEDICAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL, SOCIOLOGICAL AND ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF AGEING IN POLAND. POLSENIOR | 17-22
Polish Senior Citizens’ Opinion Concerning Old Age and Preparing For It
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The article presents the results of the PolSenior national survey on how elderly people perceive old age and how they prepare for it. According to the respondents old age usually starts when one’s health deteriorates (55,9%), when one becomes dependent on other people (49,5%) and also when a person loses his/her strength and becomes less active (46,2%). The major problems related to old age, identified by the subjects, are the following: illnesses, suffering (66,9%), disability and dependence on other people (63,2%) and loneliness (30,9%). The respondents identified the following actions they used to take or are taking now bearing in mind the time when they grow older: regular medical checkups (34,7%), building and maintaining good family relationships (32,8%), as well as leading a healthy lifestyle (30,6%). Such factors as gender, age and environment account for striking differences in opinions.
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