International Day of Older Persons

Average older persons' income lower than the cost of living and most demanding care in a home for the elderly

On 1 January 2017, 16,784 persons in Slovenia aged 65 or more resided in homes for the elderly. According to the data from 2015, older persons’ income was not enough for paying the cost of living and most demanding care in a home for the elderly.

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International Day of Older Persons is celebrated on October 1 each year. An older person is usually defined as a person aged 65 or more. There were 390,426 older persons in Slovenia on 1 January 2017, 58% of them women. 221 persons were aged 100 or more. The share of the older persons in Slovenia is increasing. In 2010 it was 16.5%; in 2017 it was 19.1%. The theme of the International Day of Older Persons 2017 is Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society.


Older persons in Slovenia participate in cultural or sport activities more than their European peers

Older persons in Slovenia participated in cultural or sport activities more than their European peers. According to the data from 2015, 66% of Slovenian residents aged 65–74 participated in any cultural or sport activities (cinema, theatre, concert, museum, sport event) at least once in the last 12 months before the survey. Among European older persons the share was 57%.

Older persons in Slovenia participated more in formal voluntary activities (22%) than European older persons (20%). The same applied for informal voluntary activities (Slovenia: 39%; EU-28: 23%). On the other hand, European older persons were politically more active than older persons in Slovenia (Slovenia: 8%; EU-28: 12%).

The Internet was used more by European older persons than by older persons in Slovenia. According to the data from 2016, the share of regular Internet users among persons aged 65–74 in Slovenia was 29%, which is below the European average of 49%. On the other hand, the share of older persons in Slovenia who used the Internet regularly was higher than the European share for sending/receiving e-mails, reading online news sites/newspapers/news magazines, seeking health information and listening to music (e.g. web radio, music streaming).


Average monthly income of an older person is approximately EUR 280 too low for paying living costs and most demanding nursing care in a home for the elderly

Although older persons in Slovenia participated more than their European peers in some levels of society, for some of them health problems were the reason for non-participation. Approximately a quarter of the population aged 65 or more in 2016 assessed their general health as bad or very bad. According to data of the Association of Social Institutions of Slovenia, illness was the most important reason (in 2015: 62%) to move to a nursing home, followed by serious mental illness (13%). On 1 January 2017, 4% of persons aged 65 or more were residing in homes for the elderly.

The infographic below shows annual costs of living of older people (65+) in Slovenia in 2015. There were 370,000 older persons in Slovenia in 2015, 16,000 persons resided in homes for the elderly. At that time the average annual income of an older person who resided in one-person household was EUR 9,443. This figure does not include persons in collective households (e.g. homes for the elderly), but we anticipated that the income of persons in homes for the elderly was similar. Average living and nursing costs in a home for the elderly in 2015 were between EUR 7,187 and EUR 12,213. We found out that a person who needs most demanding care in 2015 did not have enough income to pay living and nursing costs in a home for the elderly.

When making use of the data and information of the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, always add: "Source: SURS". More: Copyright.