Growing numbers of elderly women will live alone: how should we respond?

Article

Growing numbers of elderly women will live alone: how should we respond?

May 2018

Social Inclusion
David Reher, chair professor of Sociology, Complutense University of Madrid;Miguel Requena, chair professor of Sociology, UNED;Adaptation: María Ramos, post-doctoral researcher at the Carlos III University of Madrid

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.

Ageing in place: where is best? Village or city?

Article

Ageing in place: where is best? Village or city?

May 2018

Social Inclusion
Irene Lebrusán Murillo, asociated lecturer in Carlos III University of Madrid

The house we live in is closely related with our quality of life and health, especially during old age. In turn, the quality of our home will depend on the municipality in which it is located. At this intersection, we tackle the question of whether it is better to grow old in a village or a city.

Contribution of elderly people to the care of family members

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Contribution of elderly people to the care of family members

May 2018

Social Inclusion

How do elderly people contribute to intergenerational care? In 2016, some 35% of elderly people in our country regularly took charge of caring for their grandchildren.

Elderly people (65-74 years) and new technologies

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Elderly people (65-74 years) and new technologies

May 2018

Social Inclusion

Over the course of the last decade, the number of elderly people who make use of new technologies has not ceased to grow. By 2017, some 28% were sending messages via electronic means.

Participation in volunteer activities and active citizenship

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Participation in volunteer activities and active citizenship

May 2018

Social Inclusion

To what point do elderly people participate in political activities? Some 6.5% of men and 4.3% of women aged between 65 and 74 years in our country participate actively in politics.

Relations with family, relatives and friends

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Relations with family, relatives and friends

May 2018

Social Inclusion

With what frequency do elderly people meet with their families? In our country, the minimum weekly frequency amply exceeds the European average for both sexes.

Active Ageing Index

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Active Ageing Index

May 2018

Social Inclusion

This indicator measures the level of independence in elderly people; this is based on variables such as occupation, social participation, independent living and the capacity for healthy ageing.

Dependence for personal care

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Dependence for personal care

May 2018

Social Inclusion

How many people aged over 65 years have difficulties in performing some of the basic activities of everyday life? In our country, 33% of people aged over 65 years have problems washing themselves independently.

Economic dependency of the elderly population with respect to the younger generations

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Economic dependency of the elderly population with respect to the younger generations

May 2018

Social Inclusion

By 2030, for every 100 people of working age there will be 40 who are economically dependent or at an inactive age. Will this proportion increase with time?

The economic position of elderly people

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The economic position of elderly people

May 2018

Social Inclusion

Are there differences between the percentage of men and women aged over 60 years that are at risk of poverty? In Spain gender differences in the poverty risk rate among people aged over 60 years have practically disappeared.

Public investment in elderly people

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Public investment in elderly people

May 2018

Social Inclusion

What percentage of public spending is allocated to elderly people? The tendency in European countries has been to increase the weight of the resources allocated to this group.

In what type of households do elderly people live?

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In what type of households do elderly people live?

May 2018

Social Inclusion

What are the most common living arrangements for elderly people? In Spain, the percentage of those living alone or with their partner is lower in comparison with our peer countries.

Is living more years synonymous with greater quality of life?

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Is living more years synonymous with greater quality of life?

May 2018

Social Inclusion

From the age of 65 years onwards, men live healthily for a longer time than women do. What is happening in our peer countries?

Ageing and care. How will we live and care for ourselves when we get old?

Dossier

Ageing and care. How will we live and care for ourselves when we get old?

May 2018

Social Inclusion

The fifth Dossier of the Social Observatory of ”la Caixa” defines the challenges raised by the growing increase in the elderly population in welfare states. This issue evaluates elderly people’s contribution to society and reflects on the evolution of quality of life for this collective. 

How does social vulnerability affect childhood health?

Article

How does social vulnerability affect childhood health?

April 2018

Social Inclusion
Isabel Iguacel Azorín and Luis Alberto Moreno Aznar, GENUD group of the University of Zaragoza

What factors affect children’s health? At the Social Observatory of "la Caixa" we analyse how different vulnerabilities affect the physical and mental health of little ones.

“Regulating the work of undocumented immigrants in the care sector is a priority”

Interview

“Regulating the work of undocumented immigrants in the care sector is a priority”

April 2018

Social Inclusion
Giovanni Lamura, Researcher at the National Institute on Health and Science of Ageing (INRCA) in Ancona, Italy

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.

«If we are capable of living healthily, living more years does not mean more dependency»

Interview

«If we are capable of living healthily, living more years does not mean more dependency»

March 2018

Science
María Blasco, Director of the National Centre for Oncological Research (CNIO)

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.

“You must not measure everybody using the same set of criteria”

Interview

“You must not measure everybody using the same set of criteria”

March 2018

Science

Paul Wouters, director of the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at the University of Leiden, talks with the Social Observatory of “la Caixa” about new tendencies in research evaluation.

Environment and employment: is there a prize for clean play?

Article

Environment and employment: is there a prize for clean play?

February 2018

Science
Ester Martínez-Ros, University Carlos III de Madrid

The Social Observatory of “la Caixa” wonders whether it is possible to combine concern for the environment with economic growth. This study, one of the first in its field, shows a positive link between eco-innovation and the creation of employment, even in periods of recession.

New forms of cultural participation

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New forms of cultural participation

January 2018

Culture

Income level influences habits in cultural participation online. What happens in our peer countries?

Amateur artistic practices

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Amateur artistic practices

January 2018

Culture

Playing an instrument, singing, photography... In 2015, some 14.2% of citizens undertook some amateur artistic activity at least once per week.

Public investment in culture

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Public investment in culture

January 2018

Culture

How much do countries invest in culture? In the last decade, the governmental authorities in Spain have reduced the funding of cultural services.

Employment in the cultural sector

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Employment in the cultural sector

January 2018

Culture

How many people work in the cultural sector? In 2015, the cultural sector employed 2.5% of the population of Spain. This figure is lower than the European average.

Economic activity generated in the cultural sector

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Economic activity generated in the cultural sector

January 2018

Culture

What is the impact of cultural activity on the economy? In 2014, services companies in Spain working in the cultural activity sector represented 3.73% of the total economy.

Percentage of the population that took at least one training course related with culture in the last year

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Percentage of the population that took at least one training course related with culture in the last year

January 2018

Culture

How many people participate in complementary training courses linked to culture? In 2015, 5.9% of the Spanish population underwent some training of this type.

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