Bosnia Aging-What Future?

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Bosnia Aging-What Future?

Retired from work but still motivated to get out of her apartment in the morning.

As a senior citizen volunteer, Mirsada Kovacevic, makes the journey several days a week across Sarajevo, to attend a day care centre that has now become the biggest part of her life.

Mirsada’s journey takes her past many reminders of the war in Bosnia Herzegovina in the nineties – a conflict from which this society is still recovering.

One of the ruined landmarks, this housing complex for the elderly, constructed just as the war began, and never completed.

Small NGOs like this one, are trying to make up the shortfall in services for senior citizens.

This morning it’s French.

But a range of activities are offered – the driving force behind the Centre, Nafa Dizdarevic, a tireless advocate for her age group.

Supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) this Centre was the first of its kind in Sarajevo, and activists are pushing for more to be established.

Meanwhile, at Government level, UNFPA continues its efforts to push reform, supporting a social policy framework, based on the Madrid International Plan of Action on aging – the internationally accepted model for inclusiveness of an aging population.

With 15 percent of the population being over 65, and a third of those being poor, the needs of the elderly are pressing.

In bringing about change for the better, the seniors themselves proving more than capable of taking a lead.


Language: Bosnian

Year of Production: 2011

Length: 2:30 mins

Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina


  • Muhamed Sacirbey (UNTV)


  • Susan Sacirbey (UNTV)