Acta Medica Medianae
Kućno lečenje i medicinska nega Doma zdravlja
18000 Niš, Srbija
Tel.: 018/ 213 756
SOCIAL AND HEALTH PROBLEMS OF THE ELDERLY
Home Treatment and Care Department, Health Care Centre Nis
Gerontology, the study of ageing and the elderly, deals not only with the physical process of ageing, but also with the related social and cultural factors. There are two contradictory processes we are concerned with. Elderly people in modern societies are of lower social status and with less power than in sub-modern societies, but are less prone to accept ageing as an unavoidable process of decay of the human body. Advancements made in the fields of medicine and nutrition demonstrate that what once was unavoidable, when ageing is concerned, can now be prevented or delayed. Acta Medica Medianae 2007;46(2):45-48.
Key words: social problem, health problem, the elderly