The Third Age in Greece

Greece has the highest share of population aged 65+ among EU member states and conversely, the lowest share of spending on long-term care, as a percentage of overall health spending. Recent figures show that Greece allocated less than 0.2% of GDP of total spending to long-term care; far below the EU average of 1.5%, leading to limitations in services provided. In 2020, for example, for every 100,000 inhabitants there was less than 1 long-term care bed in nursing and residential care facilities, ranking Greece the lowest among EU member states (OECD, 2020).

The fact that there is no central government service for long term care creates further challenges in terms of representation and coordination of elderly issues at the state level. This partly explains why close relations have taken on the very large burden of family care and why NGO’s form such a vital part of care for the elderly in the country. More than half a million elderly report that they have difficulty with personal care activities with almost two thirds requiring personal assistance.

TIMA Charitable Foundation’s aim is to support as many, of both the critical and non-critical needs of the elderly in Greece, in order to enrich the lives and welfare of those most vulnerable in our society.

of elderly people are affected by vision problems
people were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2015 and their number is expected to reach 354,000 in 2050
of elderly people are affected by hearing problems
years is the average life expectancy for women, and 79 years for men
of elderly people are affected by mobility problems

The Third Age in Greece


people have been diagnosed with Dementia in Greece (ELSTAT, 2020)

The Third Age in Greece


There are 2,482,000 pensioners in Greece

The Third Age in the EU


By 2050, there will be more than half a million centenarians in the EU (Ageing Europe—Eurostat 2020)


It is a really innovative program. It is the only program in Greece that raises the issue of loneliness. Loneliness is a social issue that affects us all regardless of age, education or social status. And especially an issue that touches the Third Age.