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Working and social life of the elderly in Zadar
Zadar is the fifth largest city in Croatia. Like many Croatian cities, Zadar is struggling with the "white plague". This is a term that indicates demographic picture decline, there are more deaths than births. The number of older people is increasing. Zadar has about 80000 inhabitants, of which about 17000 are over 60. When it comes to the labor market, people over 50 are considered seniors. In December 2019, 1354 people over 50 were unemployed in Zadar County. Are older people competitive in the labor market at the time when supply is higher than labor demand? Do they want to work at all? Does their health condition allow them to work? There are stereotypical perceptions of older people. It is most commonly mentioned that such persons are physically and intellectually inferior to younger persons, that they are feisty and stubborn. Much less often it is said that this group of people is wise and experienced. Such stereotypes affect the confidence of older people, loneliness and depression occur. Older age is a part of life that cannot be avoided. When it comes to the quality of social and social life of older people, we need to ask ourselves if we as a society have done enough to prevent these people from feeling threatened. We all need to be aware that one day we will grow older. There is a need to take good care of our elderly fellow citizens, so that our children can also learn from us what dignified aging is. What is the quality of life for seniors of different social statuses, in the city of Zadar? Do we care for our senior citizens?