Elderly care program
Serbia numbers amongst the countries with the oldest populations in Europe. According to the data of the Statistical Office, the percentage of young people is low and declining whilst the proportion of elderly is increasing. Young people under the age of 15 make up only 15 percent of the general population, which is less than the proportion of the population over the age of 65 (17 percent). This is caused by a decline in fertility, mortality and migration. According to census data from 2011 the average age of the population in Serbia is 42.2 years. Under these circumstances research has shown that the biggest problems of elderly citizens is poverty and loneliness.