Economic crisis and social classes: everyone loses out, especially poorer people
Although the economic crisis has produced a generalised impoverishment of the different population segments in our country, the impact has been much greater among the poorer classes.
Ageing in place: where is best? Village or city?
Ageing and care. How will we live and care for ourselves when we get old?
The new carers
Who cares for the carers? This article by the Social Observatory of ”la Caixa” explains the changes that have taken place in the figure of the carer and also the importance of carers receiving care too.
«If we are capable of living healthily, living more years does not mean more dependency»
María Blasco, director of Spain's National Centre for Oncological Research, shares with the Social Observatory of "la Caixa" her view on how to extend healthy life years and the possible consequences in society.
Is living more years synonymous with greater quality of life?
Is research responding to health needs?
How can we ensure that biomedical research is aligned with social needs? This article from the Social Observatory of “la Caixa” analyses how resources could be assigned efficiently.
“Regulating the work of undocumented immigrants in the care sector is a priority”
Giovanni Lamura, senior researcher at Italy’s National Institute on Health and Science of Ageing (INRCA), shares with the Social Observatory of ”la Caixa” an analysis on the current situation of dependency care systems and the challenges they will have to face in the future.
Growing numbers of elderly women will live alone: how should we respond?
Why is the number of elderly women who live alone continually increasing? The Social Observatory of ”la Caixa” studies the causes of this phenomenon, which has important implications in the design of welfare policies.
The challenges of long-term care for the elderly in Europe
How are the European welfare states facing up to the challenge of long-term care? From diverse viewpoints, the two books analyse and look at giving a response to the new challenges that have emerged.
Perspectives on cultural participation in Europe
This book, reviewed for the Social Observatory of "la Caixa", aims to measure participation in cultural activities on a European level, as well as promote them to contribute to social inclusion and active citizenship.
Between complacency and a self-defeating dream
The two books reviewed share concerns regarding the decline of the USA and show the problems facing the country. From different perspectives, both reach the same diagnosis regarding American society and the danger that threatens democracy.
Using a series of basic indicators and synthetic indicators on social, demographic and economic issues, this section of the Social Observatory of “la Caixa” offers a view in figures of the social reality of Spain within the European and international context.
Social Inclusion Indicators
What is the country’s socioeconomic situation? The Social Observatory of “la Caixa” includes in this section a series of indicators that offer a current-day snapshot of the relationship between the economy and people, analysing aspects such as the composition of households or labour market access in comparison with the societies of peer countries.
Where is education heading? In this section the Social Observatory of “la Caixa” presents a series of indicators are presented that are key to understanding the situation of education in our society. The majority have been built using data from international databases such as the European Social Survey (ESS) or the PISA Report, among others.
Science, Innovation and Environment Indicators
Research is a potential driving force for promoting economic growth and social welfare. What is the relative effort in research that different countries make? What economic activities are related to that research? This set of indicators provides an introduction to the history of research and innovation in various countries.
How is our country positioned in cultural questions? Understanding culture in its broadest form, the indicators presented by the Social Observatory of “la Caixa” in this section allow us to interpret how culture is interrelated, within a European context, with today’s social and economic reality.
We give room to ideas that shape our future
What kind of future are we facing and how can we tackle it? Palau Macaya introduces you to the opinions of experts, organisations, businesses and governments.