Ageing and care. How will we live and care for ourselves when we get old?
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.
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 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.
“Reablement is a new way of working, with the aim of improving elderly people’s independence.”
Tine Rostgaard, a lecturer in Citizenship and Elderly People in Denmark, introduces in this interview the concept of reablement and explains how work is being done in other countries to stimulate the elderly people’s independence.
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.
Elderly People’s Programme
A programme that contributes to improving quality of life for elderly people and that reinforces their autonomy and social participation, above all in situations of vulnerability.
Is living more years synonymous with greater quality of life?
From the age of 65 years onwards, men live healthily for a longer time than women do. What is happening in our peer countries?
In what type of households do elderly people live?
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.
Public investment in elderly people
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.
The economic position of elderly people
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.
Economic dependency of the elderly population with respect to the younger generations
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?
Dependence for personal care
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.
Active Ageing Index
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.
Relations with family, relatives and friends
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.
Participation in volunteer activities and active citizenship
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.
Elderly people (65-74 years) and new technologies
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.
Contribution of elderly people to the care of family members
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.