In the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the aged are the elder generations who have devoted their wisdom and enthusiasm to the efforts for consolidating and developing the state and society and creating the economic and cultural wealth.
The state provides them with all conditions for their living.
It set it as its policy to respect them and take responsible care of their living and health, and has systematically increased investment in the relevant sector to provide them with a civilized and happy life. It also makes sure that the trait of paying close attention to them and helping and respecting them prevails across society.
The aged receive old-age pensions and various forms of subsidies on a regular basis from the state, and even those with supporters can live under the care of the sate according to their demands.
They receive regular medical checkups and treatment at healthcare institutions, and are supplied with nutritive foods and tonics on a preferential basis.
They take part in mass-based sports activities held in various forms and by various methods to promote their health through rhythmic exercises and health-promoting Taekwon-Do for the aged.
They go recuperation, excursion and sightseeing in spring and autumn and on significant days, and take part in various public activities according to their will and abilities.
Over-100-year-old persons enjoy special social benefits offered by the state.
The power organs at all levels have non-permanent committees for the care of the aged to correctly implement the state policy on the protection of the aged, and the Korea Federation for the Care of the Aged and other relevant organs take charge of business affairs.
The country established the Korea Elderly Care Fund to lay aside money in various forms and by various methods for the care of the aged.
Newspapers, radios and other mass media are giving wide publicity to fine traits displayed by the aged and their optimistic life, and exemplary deeds performed in caring them. Commercial and welfare service organs set the days for serving the elderly to give preferential treatment to them through order service. Seats are reserved in transport facilities for the aged.
Every year, the state organizes colourful cultural events on the occasion of the International Day of Older Persons (October 1) to ensure that the aged make a tangible contribution to social development in good health.