On October 12 and 13, the XI International Gerontological Congress was held at the Palace of Serbia on the topic “Gerontology: Opportunities and perspectives in the post-Covid-19 world.” Through a series of sessions and lectures, the latest research and achievements were discussed, and the challenges faced by the elderly in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic were also highlighted.

As part of the panel-lecture entitled “Long-term care in the Western Balkans”, the SeConS Development Initiative Group presented data from the research on access to long-term care services in the Western Balkans, which was carried out as part of the project “Strengthening the resilience in the elderly and people with disabilities during COVID-19 and future disasters”. The project is coordinated by the Red Cross of Serbia and supported by the European Union, the Austrian Development Agency and the Austrian Red Cross. This is about key findings of the research from a comparative perspective of six locations where the research was conducted: Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo*, and North Macedonia.