The purpose of this study is to examine the current state of Korea’s senior welfare programs and the policy tasks the Korean government should fulfill in preparation for the establishment of senior welfare policies as Korean society is increasingly aging and, consequently, elderly welfare is becoming a serious social problem facing Koreans.
This study is divided into seven categories. The first is seniors’ medical security. It analyzes demands for senior health services and increases in medical expenses, and problems in the medical supply system for seniors, and suggests ways to secure medical costs for seniors based a decrease in seniors with physical disabilities, adjustment of the medical supply system for seniors, and the principle of equal burden sharing as the basic goals of senior welfare policy. The second is measures for the improvement of in-home medical and welfare services for seniors, including various services for senior health, welfare, and in-home medical and welfare services. To that end, the study suggests the improvement of in-home medical and welfare services, sharing of roles and expenses for service supply between the central and local governments as policy tasks. The third category is senior poverty, and the present policy for the security of senior income. It suggests the implementation of a policy that secures senior citizens’ income by analyzing senior citizens’ basic desires, the economic power of the nation, generational equality, and social change. The fourth category is the stimulation of senior citizens’ employment, which analyzes senior citizens with jobs, senior citizens’ desire to work and their economic peculiarities, income, and retirement system, and suggests measures for a flexible response to senior citizens, job increases for seniors, competitiveness of businesses, and elderly citizens’ employment.
The fifth is senior housing, which examines the increase of seniors living alone, seniors living with chronic diseases, their weakness in living a daily life, and needs for housing, and suggests measures for improvement in terms of eligibility, types, and levels of wages for seniors, suppliers, and procurement of financial resources. The last, is senior citizens’ social participation, focusing on the stimulation of senior citizens community centers and senior volunteer activities. This study suggests the government’s support and diversification of its support systems, development of various senior volunteer activities, and fund raising activities for the establishment of a senior volunteer activity system to lay the foundation for senior volunteer activities.
- 노인복지의 현황과 정책과제(Senior welfare programs in Korea and policy tasks)
- 김수춘; 임종권; 서미경; 오경석; 한달선; 최성재; 현외성
노인복지의 현황과 정책과제(Senior welfare programs in Korea and policy tasks)
|Series Title; No||연구 / 1995-22|
|Subject Country||South Korea(Asia and Pacific)|
|Subject||Social Development < Social Welfare|