Economic & material

Family support in graying societies

25th May 2015, Pew Research Center

A new report from the US-based Pew Research Center compares the way families in the U.S., Germany and Italy are coping as the ageing population is growing. Based on interviews with at least 1,500 adults ages 18 and older in each country, the survey also finds that many families are facing the dual challenge of caring for ageing parents while also supporting adult children.

The 2015 Ageing Report

19th May 2015, The European Commission

The European Commission recently published a report on ageing in EU countries. Due to revised population projections in 2013 it is now predicting that the effect of ageing on public spending (specifically pensions, long-term care and healthcare) will be “less pronounced” than previously thought. Population ageing is not happening as quickly as expected in all but 4 EU member states. Read more here.

Growing the Silver Economy

5th May 2015, European Commission

Launched during the European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing in March 2015, the background document 'Growing the Silver Economy', drafted jointly by different Directorates-General within the European Commission, is a first attempt to present what the Silver Economy has to offer in a rapidly ageing Europe and what the European Union is already doing to support it. Read more and download the document here (in full and summary versions)

UK pension reforms and individual financial decision making: PhD studentships

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The Economic and Social Research Council

Improving quality of life for people with dementia and their carers through impact investment

20th April 2015, NESTA

NESTA a UK-based charity recently released a paper which explores the role for impact investment in developing and scaling products to improve the quality of life of people with dementia. It does this by examining areas where there is a need for innovation, promising evidence of impact and market opportunity. The first section of the report discusses the nature of dementia and its social and economic impact. The second section looks at the current policy and market landscape and discusses the market opportunity.

CARDI Involvement

CARDI E-Bulletin April 2015

14th April 2015, CARDI

CARDI's e-bulletin provides up-to-date information on ageing research and policy including the latest research and innovation and events and funding. In April 2015 edition top stories include:

  • Heart disease and disability in older people
  • International Training Programme on Ageing- Call for Applications
  • Supporting next generation leaders - workshop
  • IAGG-ER 2015: CARDI participation
  • Social inclusion and ageing with an intellectual disability

Read CARDI E-bulletin April 2015 here

 

The long-run effect of maternity leave benefits on mental health: Evidence from European countries

13th April 2015, Social Science & Medicine

This paper  from researchers at London School of Economics and Political Science examines whether maternity leave policies have an effect on women's mental health in older age. It links data for women aged 50 years and above from countries in the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) to data on maternity leave legislation from 1960 onwards. The findings suggest that a more generous maternity leave during the birth of a first child is associated with a reduced score of 0.38 points in the Euro-D depressive symptom scale in old age.

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