ERIC Number: ED318845
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Support Services for the Aged in Switzerland.
Nussbaum, Leo L.
Like most Western countries, Switzerland experienced an increased birth rate following World War II, followed by decades of slower growth. However, the number of those over 65 will have increased five-fold during the 20th century, and the number of those over 80 will have increased ten-fold. Thus, there is a smaller number of young people to support an aging population. With a growing number of elderly persons, Switzerland has striven to establish sound policies and practices at all levels. A comprehensive old-age policy began in 1947, with adoption of Old Age Insurance. However, the Swiss have realized that providing for old age involves more than money. It involves making life attractive to the elderly and necessitates providing services during health as well as during illness. It involves society's attitude toward the elderly and their integration in the population. A comprehensive approach was begun in 1966 through the publication of the report "Old Age in Switzerland." This document expressed the needs for more than pensions for older persons. It recognized the need for improved social services, more retirement and nursing homes, and additional geriatric medical services. With the population of the aged increasing rapidly, however, the magnitude of the challenge is formidable even for the frugal Swiss. It will require cooperation at all levels of government, the family, and the private sector to meet the growing needs of the elderly. (KC)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Older Adults, Personnel Policy, Public Policy, Retirement, Retirement Benefits, Social Responsibility, Social Services, Social Support Groups
International Exchange Center for Gerontology, University of South Florida, Box 3208, Tampa, FL 33620 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Exchange Center on Gerontology, Tampa, FL.
Identifiers - Location: Switzerland