Analysis of social needs of senior citizens
Elderly people enjoy greater economic stability but suffer from a worse state of health. We analyse the situation of this population segment prior to the drastic change caused by covid-19.
The indicators show that difficulty reaching the end of the month, or chronic poverty, is lower among this group than among the total population.
The situation in Spain
Prior to the negative impact of covid-19 on the health of elderly people, the data available showed Spain ranking second in the EU, behind France, in terms of the greatest life expectancy for this group.
The situation in Europe
Despite the poverty rate among elderly people being quite similar to the European average, it is important to highlight that in Spain, the dwellings of elderly people present better living conditions than in other European countries.
Spain is the European Union country with the greatest difference between the effect of monetary benefits on the poverty of the whole of the population and on that of elderly people, with a clear advantage in favour of the latter.