• CARING FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP

    Projections for Spain's population estimate that, by 2050, the number of elderly people will have reached 16,448,452, almost double the current figure (INE, 2014).

    The elderly will then account for 37.6% of the total population and the number of octogenarians will be approximately 7 million, representing 16% of the total population and 42.4% of the elderly population.

    According to Eurostat projections (European Commission, 2015), by 2060 Spain will have the third-largest share of octogenarians in the EU-28 after Portugal and Greece

    The progressive ageing of Spanish society makes it necessary to consider how we can ensure the elderly are duly cared for in the near future, especially those who invariably require care.

    The changes occurring in today's society reveal a social scenario in which the family is unlikely to be able to continue providing all the support required for the elderly, leading us to rethink how this duty of care can be passed on while respecting both the will of the carer and also that of the person being cared for.

    The care of people is an issue which, although extremely important, is not as visible as it should be in today's society. According to the latest data from the National Health Survey in Spain (2011- 2012), 45.5% of those aged over 65 have some kind of functional dependence related to personal care, domestic tasks and/or mobility. This figure increases to 85.0% in the case of those aged over 85.

  • WHAT WE DO

    Produce a Charter for Ageing and Care that promotes and reinforces their social value, through a process of reflection and debate regarding the dimensions of care and its consequences based on the opinion of different social agents with experience of this situation.
    With an approach that includes the following aspects:

    • Knowledge and information on perceptions, desires and fears concerning the need to give or receive care.

    • Respect towards the elderly who need help, as far as possible preserving their ability to decide and respecting their decisions.

    • Striking a balance between providing and receiving care, raising awareness of the needs of carers and of the people being cared for to reach agreement regarding the expectations of this care.

    • Identify innovative actions in the area of prevention.

  • HOW WE DO IT

    This reflection process includes different methodological techniques, both qualitative and quantitative, to gather and analyse information:

    • Qualitative study: Care in dependent relations.

    • Review of the literature on ageing and care.

    • In-depth interviews with experts and professionals.

    • Survey on preferences and expectations related to care.

    • Workshops with professionals involved in attending and caring for the elderly.