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This study is addressed to analyse the effects of the care needs of older people (aged 65+ years) on the socio-economic conditions of their family units. The study will connect two social issues particularly relevant in this historic period: ageing population and poverty risk. Both issues are two of current European challenges, because the European ageing population phenomena are characterised by the increasing rate of old persons with Active Daily Living (ADL) limitations and the related burden of care for their families who often are the main caregivers. The ageing population and ADL limitations also have a relevant effect on the countries support policies, which must deal with the best allocation of the resources for covering the elderly care needs. The last international economic crisis has stressed the risk of poverty and socio-economic deprivation affecting many families, and the relationship between “elderly care need” and poverty risk of families has recently mentioned in European studies

Aims: In this framework, the “Socio Economic deprivation related to effect of presence of Dependant older people: strategies for Innovative Policies in Europe” (SEreDIPE) project aims to understanding in deep the complex relationship between ADL limitations, elderly care need and Socio-Economic (SE) deprivation of families by identifying valid and reliable indicators, and to identify innovative strategies – where “innovation” means “social innovation – to support familial and Long-Term Care (LTC) policies. The results will provide tools and information for taking best-informed decisions and actions to policy makers.

Three specific objectives will be pursued:

  • To analyse the statistical correlation between the risk of families SE deprivation and the ADL limitations in eight European countries.
  • To identify factors, at macro level, to support appropriate and innovative policies to contrast the SE deprivation related to ADL disabilities.
  • To collect policy recommendations to support effective and innovative policies in Europe to support LTC and reduce SE deprivation of families.