The elderly people in our country are satisfied with the General Practitioners and pharmacists, because they in details and clearly explain them the diseases and drug therapies and are considerate and kind to them. This shows a study of the problems of the elderly in Bulgaria conducted by the newly created think-tank “Solidarity with elders”. The study is based on in-depth interviews of elderly living alone in the capital, it is combined with the country representative data on the problems of people over 70 years of age.
Part of the problems of the elderly in Bulgaria and the base for their possible solution were presented on the occasion of the International Day of the Elderly people on the 1st of October.
The survey data shows that only a quarter of the elderly people are able to visit alone their General Practitioner because of reduced mobility. Nearly 80% of people who regularly visit a doctor and pharmacy have more than one disease and take many medications.
Among the problems of the elderly are such as lack of circle of friends, difficulties associated with the lack of recreation areas in institutions, hospitals and commercial buildings. It is clear from the survey that leaving the home is also a problem for people over 70 years, because of fears of the state of urban infrastructure and the dynamics of the urban environment.