UNECE has created a research publication to analyze the ageing situation in Eastern European countries, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Among these is the June 2012 release of the Roadmap for Mainstreaming Ageing in Moldova, produced in conjunction with the Republic of Moldova.

The first of such reports was on Armenia in 2011.

These reports are based on available publications, documents and data. The hope of this and future Roadmaps is to improve the integration of older persons in society, social, cultural and political life and promote their well being.  It is also anticipated that these projects will help change the image of ageing.

The report focus areas include:

  • Integration and participation of older persons
  • Social protection
  • Health
  • Housing and independent living
  • Education
  • Labour market
  • Gender
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Involvement of stakeholders
  • Outreach and public awareness‐raising
  • Research and data collection
  • Integration into international processes

The Roadmap is a great introduction for other countries to look internally and assess their own situation at home.  For Moldova, the Roadmap provides a structured way forward with goals, timelines and action plans.

Recommendations from this report which may be useful to other countries to encourage their own review and development include:

  • creation and support for volunteering programs
  • access to transportation in rural areas
  • providing self-help networks for older generations

“A state having a lot of old people does not mean a society composed of inactive people, consuming only the resources, but on the contrary, there is the need to reconsider the manpower of old people, to value their professional life and experience, both, for their families and for economic activity or/and the community” says Valentina Buliga, Moldova’s Minister of Labor.

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