Gerontological Education in Albania. The Historical and Social Approach

2022 RLMES-22, RIEST-22, BMEEL-22, IASET-22, ICBEM-22, IALHS-22 & IBEEL-22 May 2022   unpublished
The social developments in Albania, in the end of 20th century and the beginning of the 21st, have dictated continuous changes in the education system, which has evolved in accordance with the global and national social needs. A wide spread phenomena lately in the Albanian society is the aging of its population. The number of the elderly has increased several times as the result of a decrease in the number of births and number of deaths, a decrease in the number of active youngsters who
more » ... e, an increase in the longevity, etc. Albania has more than 400000 elderly today (14% of the actual population). On the other hand, differently from most of the countries in the region, Albania has not inherited from the past a traditional and integrated education system of social and health care for the elderly. This is a very strong argument for the necessity of educational programs in the gerontological field. Seen from this prespective, this paper aims to present a short historical of the development of geronotological education globally and nationally. The main purpose is the analyses of the actual situation of the third age and the preparation of gerontologists through education for services towards this target group in our country, also aims to highlight some recommendations for the development of gerontological education as an important field of the education system and of the Albanian society in general Throughout the research, generally it has been applied qualitative methods resulting in a cumulative, descriptive and evaluating research.
doi:10.17758/dirpub11.h0522415 fatcat:pshxlzxrrfbjdiz5kphqe54q3q