Management Theory and Studies for Rural Business and Infrastructure Development, Volume 36, Number 4

Changes in quality of life of Lithuanian elderly rural population in 2001–2011

Gediminas Kuliešis, Lina Pareigienė


The aging of the population is the most striking demographic process in Lithuania and other Western world countries. Elderly rural residents, which are the consumers of the public goods and the providers of them at the same time, become increasingly important element of rural vitality. That’s the reason the scientific community pays more and more attention on various aspects of life of older people in rural areas: the quality of life, social services, sociality and others. The purpose of this article is to analyze one dimension of the life quality of older rural residents – the changes in living conditions, which were registered in 2001 and 2011 during Population and housing census in Lithuania. Indicators of quality of life were measured – the type of dwelling, accommodation of dwellings: hot water, bath and shower,.sewerage, flush toilet, the type of heating systems, the type of water supply. The result showed that although the living conditions of rural and especially of elderly rural population are rapidly increasing, they are still lower compared to the urban population's living conditions.

JEL codes: H44, R11, R20.

Keyword(s): the quality of life, rural elderly residents, ageing

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