Jeroen Spijker imparteix el Colloquium: "The impact of sociodemographic change on the balance between formal and informal old-age care in Spain"

Organize: Centre d'Estudis Demogràfics

Venue: Virtual

Time: 12:00 - 13:00


Jeroen Spijker, Centre d'Estudis Demogràfics
In this seminar I will first briefly describe recent changes in care arrangements and carers’ characteristics. Then I’ll show, based on a recently developed model, how demographic and socioeconomic change has been shaping the care needs and supply of informal carers for the Spanish population aged 50+ for cohorts born between 1908 and 1968. Regarding the former, there is evidence that informal care is being externalised from the domestic domain through more multiple care arrangements (e.g. formal combined with informal). With respect to the latter, our model results show that the family care deficit was actually greater in the older cohorts due to higher mortality and thus a greater impact of widowhood. However, for future elderly persons, we foresee that persistent below-replacement fertility and, paradoxically, the prolongation of the lifespan of couples will increase the demand for formal care as there will be more couples with both members incapacitated but without children to take care of them.

For further reading, see
Spijker J, Zueras P (2020). Old-age care provision in Spain in the interplay between a new system of long-term care and a lingering economic crisis. Journal of Population Ageing, 13 (1), 41–62.

Spijker J, Devolder D, Zueras P (2020). The impact of demographic change in the balance between formal and informal old-age care in Spain. Results from a mixed microsimulation-agent-based model. Ageing & Society. Online first.