Saxon State Ministry of Social Affairs, Germany

Representative in ERA-AGE 2

Volker Köhn


The Saxon State Ministry of Social Affairs is the central organisation within the regional government of Saxony to take care of people in different life circumstances. The ministry designs the framework in order to provide a place for all members of Saxon society. Many people need help in illness, poverty, and distress, especially in certain situations of family, unemployment, disability, addiction or discrimination of all kind. In case of need everybody should find an optimum of structure and offer for protection in social and health affairs. This is the overall aim of the Saxon State Ministry of Social Affairs, which also takes care for children and women and fosters compatibility of job and family. Furthermore, it is responsible for long term care and the elderly. It relies on about 300 civil servants at its headquarter in Dresden. It also runs some specialised institutions for health and family and several hospitals for mental diseases. Saxony cooperates with its neighbours, Poland and the Czech Republic in cross border measures. Its area of responsibility covers about 4.4 Mio. people. The capital of Saxony, Dresden, has about 500.000 inhabitants.

The Saxon State Ministry of Social Affairs is a public authority who funds, manages and implements coherent, strategically planned regional research programmes on age and ageing. After the German reunification in 1990, the Free State of Saxony as the biggest of the ‘New Federal States of Germany' faces severe challenges as a consequence of demographic changes. Many young and qualified persons have been leaving Saxony looking for jobs in other parts of Germany. Between 1990 and 2005 the Free State of Saxony lost 13 percent of its population and is going to lose again more than 11 percent according to studies assuming  a constant development. The population aged under 20 years declines from currently 16.9 percent down to 14.9 percent until 2020. Contrary, the percentage of people increases, who are older than 60 years, from 28.9 percent up to 36.3 percent. By 2020 the Saxon population will have declined to 3.87 million people. In comparison to 1990 it is prognosticated that the population in Saxony will decrease by about 1 million people within 30 years, which equals one generation. Against this background, the Saxon Government puts a clear focus on coping with the challenges of the demographic change comprising the implementation of regional funding programmes (including the development of concepts as well as the organisation of calls for proposals and evaluations).

As the first federal state of Germany, the Saxon State Ministry of Social Affairs has developed a health target on age and ageing titled ‘Active Ageing in Health, Autonomy, and Parti-cipation. The health target was developed in co-operation with 53 stakeholders of the field and consisted of 24 targets referring to ‘needs-based health care structures', ‘multi-professional qualification', ‘self-rated health' and ‘intergenerational solidarity'


Associated with the Saxon Ministry of Social Affairs is the German Institute for Health Research. The German Institute for Health Research is a non-profit organisation conducting research projects in the arrays of health promotion, prevention, rehabilitation, nursing and quality management. One focus of the Institute lies on prevention and rehabilitation of age-related diseases. Besides research the institute is engaged in the development of new concepts relating to medical supply structures and health economy.


Sächsisches Staatsministerium für Soziales und Verbraucherschutz

Saxon State Ministry of Social Affairs and Consumer Protection

Short name / acronym: SMS

Registered Address:

Albertstrasse 10

D-01097 Dresden


Tel.: +49 (0) 351 564 5793

Fax: +49 (0) 351 564 5786

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