The author in the master's thesis Implementation of the Age-friendly Cities project guidelines in the City municipality of Ljubljana (City of Ljubljana) (MOL) presents evaluation research's findings on the implementation of the project guidelines, six years after MOL joined the Global Network of Age-friendly Cities.
The master's thesis is divided into a theoretical and empirical part. In the theoretical part, the author presents the problem of aging population, vulnerability of older people, the concept of good quality of old age, the participation of the elderly in society, and the society's response to the aging population. She describes the characteristics of the Age-friendly Cities project and the association of MOL to the project. In the empirical part, the author presents the results of a pioneering research on the implementation of the guidelines of the Age-friendly Cities project in MOL in the case of one of the Project's lots (Respect and social inclusion).
The field research was conducted in the way of surveying the inhabitants of MOL who were over fifty years old. Most of respondents were members of all units of the Day Care Centers for Older Persons (DCA).
The author presents the significance of the research findings in three steps. She first analyzes the results of the research and compares them to the opinions of Ljubljana citizens from the Age-friendly Ljubljana Research (2010). Furthermore, the results are compared to the findings of research within the same project in the case of three cities from abroad. In the third step, on the basis of existing MOL action plans, she analyzes the measures and objectives within the study and finds out whether they are sufficiently related to the WHO recommendations. Based on the results of this and other research, she presents suggestions that could be implemented in the action plans of MOL in the future.
The purpose of the research is to encourage MOL and other municipalities in Slovenia, who have joined the Age-friendly Cities project, to carry out evaluation research of the entire project and taking into account the findings in the preparation of policies, programs and strategies.