This line of research focuses on recent changes and future prospects for elderly care, including care arrangements, the characteristics of the caregivers and how demographic and socioeconomic changes shape the care needs and supply of informal caregivers. Changes in population and family structures are transforming the provision of care for dependent older people. In Spain, this type of care continues to be provided largely by the family, usually spouses and adult daughters. However, an increasing proportion of women have entered the workforce, affecting their availability. We have therefore developed a microsimulation model called DEMOCARE to study the balance between the supply and demand of informal care and to quantify the need for formal care. We focus on Spain, but we aspire to extend the analysis to other countries.
Ph.D in Demography (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)