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Regions for Servicing Old People: Case study of Slovenia

Drobne Samo () and Bogataj Marija ()
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Drobne Samo: Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Bogataj Marija: Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies, Šempeter pri Gorici, Slovenia

Business Systems Research, 2014, vol. 5, issue 3, 19-36

Abstract: Background: Aging is one of the most serious problems that most developed countries are facing in the 21st century. In the European Union, Member States are responsible for the planning, funding and administration of health care and social protection systems. Local authorities and state governments should undertake research toward developing an appropriate array of community-based care services for old people. Objectives: This study analyses the regions of Slovenia for servicing old people in the 2000-2010 time horizon. Methods/Approach: Sets of functional regions were modelled for each year in the analysed period using the Intramax method. Functional regions were evaluated based on the attractiveness of central places for labour commuters and the propensity to commute between regions. Results: The results show that in addition to the nominally declared regional centres of Slovenia, there are also some other local centres that should be potentially included in the functional areas for servicing old people. Conclusions: The results suggest that the regionalization into seven functional regions is the most convenient for servicing old people in the region. Furthermore, some additional functional regions at a lower level are suggested.

Keywords: population aging; servicing old people; functional region; commuting; SIM; Slovenia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.2478/bsrj-2014-0017

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