The Slovenian society is, even within the frame of Europe, the continent with the oldest population, an example of a fast-aging society. The delightful increase of births in last years will most likely decrease in the future since the number of girls is low for a continuous higher birth rate in coming decades. In addition, the age of women bearing their first child, is increasing. An immigration balance cannot be expected, if it remains on the existent level. The high average of educational level reduces the number of children in families as well. In such circumstances demographic change will be more intensive and number of the elderly in Slovenian urban and country surroundings will be even higher.
The position of the elderly in the Slovenian society is important not only because of their growing number, but also from the social and political influence’s point of view. They own majority of flats, houses and other real estates. Voices of older voters surpass a quarter of the whole voting body. Considering all such conditions the future influence of the elderly in the Slovenian society will be even stronger and country might as such be a possible future picture of European countries in which longevity is progressing with a low birth rate.
Slovenian society has been traditionally socially oriented with a high level of health and social security, which influences values and behavioral patterns of their citizens. As in most European developed societies, the elderly of Slovenia have been included in numerous forms of voluntary activities, family guardianship’s and informal care. Many associations of the elderly are combined with sport, entertainment and other forms of social inclusion. The increase of CNCD is accompanied by numerous associations of patients with chronic conditions; there is almost no chronic condition without organized patients. All mentioned reflects high level of health and social culture as well as high life potential of the slovenian elderly and represents a good basis for new strategic approaches in regard to their healthy and active lifestyle. A dense network of social institutions in the country has a huge infrastructural, professional, organizational and experiential potential, which is however predominantly concentrated within institutions themselves. The possibility to mediate their knowledge and experiences to the elderly in surrounding areas would be a decisive step forward in regard to their healthier and active life; e.g. health literacy, get ready for the old age, falls prevention, healthy feeding habits, up-keeping of strength, mobility etc.
As a member country of the European Union is Slovenia following its strategic orientations in regard to age and aging, which should be an active and healthy period of life. According to the WHO it is not limited to the old age only, which extends the meaning of longevity to all periods of life. Healthy longevity is an enormous cultural and historical achievement with great potentials. Its existence has to be supported by good functioning of all public systems, political culture, social tolerance and peace. In accordance with demographic changes new political approaches are necessary, together with redefinitions of ethical values in our everyday lives. On a personal level longevity has to be completed with richer life contents and new realizable opportunities. Active and healthy aging cannot be the highest goal by itself. Life is also an opportunity for personal development, which is not only professional or material self-realization, but also a spiritual maturing tolerance, solidarity and understanding of others. Spirituality in us does not age and the longer we live, the more opportunity we have for its understanding.