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Social inclusion of the ageing population in Turkey

16/10/2020
by Yasin ÖZARSLAN
Language: EN

The amount of old age population will undoubtedly mean considerable pressure on the social and economic services provided to this
group of the population. Due to reasons such as growing urbanization, migration, poverty and to some extent changes in the cultural structure of families, the need for social services and social assistance are increasing substantially.

Turkey’s population age 65 or older will more than triple by 2050, aging at the second-fastest pace among OECD countries, and is projected to become an “aged” society within two decades.

Turkey tries to use the advantage of observing the policies of aged countries. The Turkish government has acknowledged the social and economic impact of the aging population, and it has strived to improve the social safety net and to increase community support for aging in place. Having achieved universal healthcare coverage over the past decade, the government is increasingly focused
on the quality of care services. 

Turkey like other aged countries will anyway have to face some financial burdens and problems to offset the ageing problem. For this reason, Turkey that is a country not under big pressure of ageing problem has to take necessary steps in advance to make easier the ageing problem in near future and to be ready to handle ageing. 

Turkey is a society that looks after their elderly with their traditions and customs. The big majority of the elderly live with their children, the ones who live apart are in close contact. Because of this culture of harmony of family life helps to solve most
of the problems of the elderly but there is a need for institutional care. This culture includes as if it is for that the old person can continue his/her house and family life's duty and responsibility as in the past, too, it is for all the individuals of the family to be educated, informed, and to be made conscious. 

While the government is seeking to rely on family-centered care to meet with rising needs for care services for older people, the growing unmet need from the older middle-class population remains an issue. 

The government intends to use public education and information centers to deliver digital training, few training programs are specifically designed for older people that, based on best practices from other countries in this study, yield better results. In fact, older adults are underrepresented among those who attend and benefit from public training programs, and some experts believe that making older adults realize the benefit of technology will help prompt their participation.

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