The living conditions and the lack of well-being of elderly people. A case study of Biscay (Autonomous Community of the Basque Country)

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Dokumentart: Article
Date: 2011
Source: Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 1-8, 2011
Language: Spanish
Faculty: Kriminologisches Repository
Department: Kriminologie
DDC Classifikation: 360 - Social problems and services; associations
Keywords: Alter , Armut , Ausgrenzung
Other Keywords:
lack of wellbeing
social exclusion
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The ageing of the population has caused there to be many social changes which, over the last years, have required measures to be adopted for the progressive improvement of the living conditions of the elderly. According to the latest studies on poverty in Europe, the degree of risk of poverty which the elderly face varies considerably from one country to another. Whilst most European countries have been successful in reducing absolute poverty, the studies show that the elderly are a group which remains vulnerable to relative poverty and social exclusion which, in itself, is indicative of the multi-dimensional nature of poverty. In this article we present the initial findings of an on-going research project, being conducted by the University of the Basque Country, whose principal objective is to find out the living conditions of elderly people in Biscay, one of the three provinces of which the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country (CAPV) is comprised and, more specifically, the living conditions of the elderly who remain within their own family environment, not those living in care homes and nursing homes, in order to identify the risks which may lead them to a situation of social exclusion. The final objective of this study is to identify the factors which affect the living conditions of the elderly and cause them to suffer from a “lack of well-being”. We use the term “lack of well-being” to describe a situation which is the consequence of an accumulation of disadvantages in different areas of life. These areas include a person’s financial and material situation, physical and emotional health, housing and social relationships etc.

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