SOCIAL POLICIES REGARDING GERONTOLOGICAL SOCIAL
SERVICES FOR ALZHEIMER PATIENTS
AND THEIR CAREGIVERS
Oana Alexandra MORCAN
Vasile Goldis Western University of Arad
Faculty of Social and Humanistic Sciences, Arad, Romania
The present paper approaches a current social issue of the European contemporary society, from a general point of view, and for the Romanian society in particular. By synthesizing the main ideas resulted from the whole endeavor, the research aims at taking an account of the pertinent ideas related to the improvement of the activity in the Romanian environment for the Alzheimer patients, in favour of the persons involved but also of their caregivers and of the community, in general, starting from the gloomy premise according to which there is an obvious lack of preoccupation in what concerns the administration of social policies and of separate budgets for the Alzheimer disease. Method applied is observation, which was used as a base for the case study, respectivelly a questionaire investigation. Results of the study, first of all, indicates the involvement of the family, services and community, the specialty investigation and thereof, the European actions regarding the Alzheimer dementia, the good practice methods etc., representing the main concern of gerontological social services. In conclusion, we managed to prove that all the informative and innovative steps approached in order to draw up the present research has reached its purpose, that is, to set up a social services outlook, in favour of a vulnerable category, less known, acknowledged and supported by means of adequate policies and services. The Research succeeds in reviewing the international purchase of knowledge and medical, psycho-social, juridic, organizational intervention, constantly bringing in close-up the role of interdisciplinarity, when approaching the complex problem of elderly people suffering from dementia.
Key words: social policies, social services, gerontological intervention, Alzheimer dementia, European initiative