Dossier

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

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. 

Article

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

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

Article

The new carers

Social Inclusion
Antonio Abellán, Alba Ayala and Julio Pérez, CSIC. CCHS; Rogelio Pujol, INE; Gerdt Sundström, Jönköping University; Adaptation: María Ramos, post-doctoral researcher at the Carlos III University of Madrid

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.

The new carers

Interview

“Reablement is a new way of working, with the aim of improving elderly people’s independence.”

Social Inclusion
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.
“Reablement is a new way of working, with the aim of improving elderly people’s independence.”

Review

The challenges of long-term care for the elderly in Europe

Social Inclusion
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.
The challenges of long-term care for the elderly in Europe

Best practices

Elderly People’s Programme

Social Inclusion
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.
Elderly People’s Programme

Infodata

Is living more years synonymous with greater quality of life?

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?
Is living more years synonymous with greater quality of life?

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In what type of households do elderly people live?

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.
In what type of households do elderly people live?

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Public investment in elderly people

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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.
Public investment in elderly people

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The economic position of elderly people

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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.
The economic position of elderly people

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

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

Infodata

Dependence for personal care

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.
Dependence for personal care

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Active Ageing Index

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.
Active Ageing Index

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Relations with family, relatives and friends

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.
Relations with family, relatives and friends

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Participation in volunteer activities and active citizenship

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.
Participation in volunteer activities and active citizenship

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Elderly people (65-74 years) and new technologies

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.
Elderly people (65-74 years) and new technologies

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Contribution of elderly people to the care of family members

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.
Contribution of elderly people to the care of family members