About ZDUS

ZDUS is a non-governmental umbrella organization bringing together 503 local pensioner organizations and clubs. With more than 233.000 members, it is the largest membership organization in Slovenia. It was founded in 1946.
Main objectives:
  • Active, productive, creative and independent life for older people as long as possible.
  • Recognition of the potential, knowledge and experiences of older people for the faster development of the society.
  • Humane last period of life achieved through solidarity of the society and self-help activities of older people.
  • Health promotion in older population in Slovenia.
  • Sport, recreational, cultural and social events in local communities.
  • Advocacy for older people’s needs on local, national and international level.
  • Combating poverty of older population by bringing their problems into the public eye and lobbying for their rights.
  • Support for intergenerational collaboration and understanding.
  • Organization/management of self-help activities among older people.
  • Active ageing and lifelong learning projects.
Administrative structure:
ZDUS is organized on three levels:
  • The local community level: there are 503 local associations of pensioners ;
  • The regional level: 13 regional associations representing local associations;
  • The national level - central ZDUS office: different areas are covered by 13 committees: social protection and housing, health care, sport and recreation, cultural activities, information technologies, international cooperation etc.
ZDUS is managed by the executive board and monitored by the advisory board; members of both bodies are elected at the national, regional and local conventions every four years.
Since 2004 ZDUS has been running the project “Older people for better quality of life at home”, involving over 2400 volunteers who help older people, who live in their own households to stay independent as long as possible .
International projects

Since 2005 ZDUS has been actively involved in various international and EU funded projects, see the list below.
Info contact:

Phone: +386 1 620 54 72
International projects:
Diversity is a Treasure of the Society
In 2007 ZDUS became a leading coordinator of the EU PROGRESS funded project Diversity is a Treasure of the Society, a national project with a consortium of five NGOs.
LENA project - Learning That Works for Older People
(funded by EC Lifelong Learning Programme - Grundtvig, 2006-2007)
LARA project - Learning, a Response to Ageing
(EC Lifelong Learning Programme, Grundtvig, 2008-2010)
SETIP project - Seniors Education and Training Internet Platform
(EC Lifelong Learning Programme, Grundtvig, 2008-2010)
EUropean project – The European Reference Framework on the Prevention of Elder Abuse and Neglect (EC – Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, 2010 - 2011)
MyStory project - Creating an ICT-based intergenerational learning environment
Multilateral  ICT project (EC – LLL KA3 – ICT, 2011 - 2013) 

StopView  project – Stop Violence Against Elderly Women (multilateral project Justice – Daphne III, 2011 - 2013)

HELPS project: Housing and Care Solutions for Elderly in Central European Cities (ERDF – Central Europe, 2011-2014)

Mix@ges project: Intergenerational Bonding via Creative New Media (Lifelong Learning Programme, Grundtvig, 2011 – 2013) 

SAAPHO project: Secure Active Ageing: Participation and Health for Old  People
(AAL programme, 2011 - 2013)

Mature project: Making Adult Teaching Useful, Relevant  and Engaging (Lifelong Learning Programme, Grundtvig, 2012 – 2014
NETAge project: Promote regional social development (IPA Adriatic, 2012-2014)
ICarer project: Intelligent Care Guidance and Learning Services Platform for Informal Carers of the Elderly (AAL programme, 2013 - 2016)
INNOVAGE project: Web Services for Informal Carers (European Union, 2014-2015)
AHA.SI project: Active and Healthy Ageing Strategy in Slovenia (European Union, 2014-2016)
Bridges for Europe project: Senior build with younger Bridges for Europe (Erasmus +, 2014-2017)

Digline project: Digital Timelines (Erasmus+, 2014-2016)

iCareCoops project: Fostering Care Cooperatives in Europe by Building an Innovative Platform with ICT Based and AAL Driven Services (AAL programme, 2015 - 2017)