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Care of People Living with Dementia in Bulgaria: Between Over-Responsibility to the Family and Distrust in Public Health Services and Policies

A new article by Dr. Teodora Karamelska (IFS-BAS) and Dr. Galina Goncharova (SU “Kliment Ohridski”) in the journal Comparative Southeast European Studies.

Issue Topic: Healthcare: Public Policies, Social Practices, and Individual Experiences
Leading the number are Ch. assistant professor Dr Gergana Mircheva is from the “Ethical Studies” section – IFS and Olga Popova from the Leibniz Institute for Eastern and Southeastern European Studies.

 

Abstract

Thirty years after the transition to democracy in Bulgaria, there is a lack of social and community support for people living with dementia and for their families and caregivers. Both residential and assisted living facilities in the country have remained both unpopular and underdeveloped, and based on in-depth biographical and expert interviews and focus groups, we shall discuss the subjective experience of informal caregivers of people living with dementia, accumulated in the confined space of home and family. We shall try to show how inconsistent application of the European Union’s social policies as well as the existence of enduring socio-cultural stereotypes relating to parental care places caregivers in passive, but over-responsible and implicitly critical positions towards the management both of public and private services for older people in Bulgaria.

The article is with open access here: https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/soeu-2023-0015/html

Fifth Anniversary of the International Conference “Philosophy Today”

From 02-05 June 2024 the jubilee conference “Philosophy Nowadays: Philosophical Approaches on Cultural Heritage, Resilient Communities and Future Times” occurred. The edition was specially due to celebrate 50 years of organizing and holding the first International Conference on Philosophy.