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,Lecturer on Citizenship and Elderly People, Department of Political Science, University of Aalborg (Denmark)
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
Gloria Fernández-Mayoralas,Group for Research in Ageing – Spanish National Research Council Institute of Economics, Geography and Demographics, Madrid.
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