“Social inclusion of older persons (65+) in Serbia“, the research study was done within the framework of the three year regional project “Taking Action on Social Inclusion of Older People”. The project is coordinated by the Red Cross of Serbia and supported by European Union, Austrian Development Agency and Austrian Red Cross, implemented through cooperation of civil society networks of five Western Balkans countries (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Albania). The objective of the project is strengthening the capacities of civil society organisations and motivating older people for greater inclusion in all activities of the society.
The research on social inclusion of older people was based on statistical data from public sources as well as other available data, looking at financial means, access to resources and services, social participation and social networks, leisure, life styles, culture and communication, quality of life and subjective perception of satisfaction. The research activities were performed by SeCons Group for Development Initiatives. The available data shows that Serbian population is among the eldest in the world, with the trend of intensive population ageing continuing due to low natality and fertility rates and migration of younger population. Looking at the way older women and men live in Serbia, it can be said that their general status is unfavourable in comparison with the status of older persons in European Union.