Head of Department Pensioner Clubs, Pensionistenklubs der Stadt Wien, Vienna, Austria
Madlena Komitova, Head of department PensionistInnenklubs, Kuratorium Wiener Pensionisten-Wohnhäuser (KWP).
Ms Komitova has been active in social work with the elderly for 20 years and sees her profession as her vocation. Care for the elderly is a future-oriented field of work. The KWP's vision is to create self-determined living and working environments for everybody in Vienna. Life expectancy is gradually increasing and it seems no longer appropriate to call retirement "retirement". In order to live a fulfilled life until the end, one must remain an important part within society, be able to get involved and have the possibiltity to do so.
To grow old, each of us needs her own way of expression, her own networks and her own tasks. In Supporting the development of this "ecosystem", Madlena Komitova sees a vocation, not only in professional life.