Policies for senior citizens and care

Much like the rest of Europe, the German population is ageing. Dealing with demographic change therefore presents major challenges for all European member states: ageing populations mean changes in the organisation of society, in the economy, and in policy-making.

In an effort to find positive responses to demographic change in Europe, the member states of the European Union have been developing new socio-political concepts and strategies, for instance in the area of policies for the elderly and care. Some examples of this are the development of national dementia strategies, innovative approaches to demographic change at local and regional levels, and the provision of support services (personal and household-related) for families and the elderly. Measures to improve the reconciliation of work and family life also include the aspect of care provision for dependent relatives. In many European member states family members take a large part of care responsibilities and will increasingly do so as the European societies continue to age. Policy measures to improve the reconciliation of work and care include various forms of care leave models (see Family and Reconciliation).