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Long-term care: challenges and perspectives

ByVIRGINIJA POŠKUTĖ

The issue of long-term care for the elderly has been becoming more and more critical over the last few decades in Lithuania. This is especially relevant given the rapidly worsening ratio of aged to working people in the population. Lithuania is the EU’s fastest ageing country according to the EU Commission.1 The Lithuanian population was made up of 19.1 percent retirement-age people in 1990, while there were 22.4 percent in 2014. By 2060, 37 percent of the population in Lithuania will be elderly, according to the forecast by Eurostat (see Figure 3.1).