Living with disabilities in Austria--with a special focus on the capital.

Abstract

Life expectancy, especially in the older age groups, is growing enormously due to better social and medical care. According to published data on disabled people (1997), about 30 % of the total population (7,119,000) in Austria suffer from at least one physical disability. In this study, data from a micro census as well as a report from the Federal Ministry for Social Security and Generations is analyzed to illuminate the situation of impaired people with a focus on the capital Vienna. Among other results, it is anticipated that a large number of disabled people receive no help at all. About every 7th person regularly receives care, every 10th receives daily support. Care intensity increases with age showing a clear progression from the age of 60 onwards. 88% of the main supporting individuals are related to the handicapped person being supported. Women generally exhibit a much higher participation in nursing. The socio-political developments are discussed.

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@article{Soritsch2004LivingWD, title={Living with disabilities in Austria--with a special focus on the capital.}, author={Alois Soritsch}, journal={Collegium antropologicum}, year={2004}, volume={28 Suppl 2}, pages={31-42} }