Bútorová Zora , Filadelfiová Jarmila, Bodnárová Bernardína, Guráň Peter, Šumšalová Sylvia
Inštitút pre verejné otázky, Bratislava, 2013
Similarly to the other EU member states, Slovakia is experiencing intensive population ageing. At the same time the country lags behind in using the potential of the older population. According to the Active Ageing Index 2012 Slovakia ranked 24th out of the 27 countries within the European Union.
The authors of the publication Štvrtý rozmer tretieho veku. Desať kapitol o aktívnom starnutí (The Fourth Dimension of the Third Age. Ten Chapters on Active Ageing) offer a sociological perspective to help better understanding of the importance of active ageing in Slovakia. They pay special attention to the life situation of people aged 45-64, who are either approaching the threshold of the third age or have already passed this important milestone.
The book provides a wealth of facts and information to shed light on why the country lags behind in using the untapped potential of older people and on the possibilities of positive change. Hard data include demographic and economic statistics; soft data draw from local and international sociological studies.
The authors offer their findings to a wide range of readers – politicians, employers, trade unions, media, social workers, educators and students, nongovernmental organizations, researchers, as well as general public – to all those individuals and institutions who care about the quality and dignity of life of Slovakia’s people in every phase of their life. They believe that their book could contribute to enhancing the quality of public discourse about the rights of older people and to promoting the concept of active ageing in Slovakia.
The book cover features the painting Pedestrians by a leading Slovak artist Ester Šimerová-Martinčeková (1976). The publication closes with a short essay about the painter by art historian Zuzana Bartošová.
The book was introduced on December 5th, 2013 at a press conference in Bratislava.
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Štvrtý rozmer tretieho veku. Desať kapitol o aktívnom starnutí [pdf]
The Fourth Dimension of the Third Age. Ten Chapters on Active Ageing – SUMMARY [pdf]
The publication completes two projects by the Institute for Public Affairs that had been supported by the Office of the Government of the Slovak Republic within the grant scheme Support to and Protection of Human Rights and Freedoms (2011 – 2013). The first project, Older Age and Human Rights: More Participation, Less Discrimination collected empirical sociological data of both qualitative and quantitative character. The second project, Enhancing the Rights of Older People and Utilizing Their Potential through Active Ageing updated the available data and laid foundations for the present publication.
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