9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN01 Ageing in Europe

2009-09-05 11:00:00 2009-09-05 12:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 11:00 - 12:30 Gender, Sexuality and Age Building II, C5.07

Knowledge and information on ageing and gender: developing a contextual database at an European level to support policies formulation

Demographic ageing has been creating formidable challenges and new interrogations for economic development and social cohesion. The European Maggie project analyses indicators of quality of life among the population aged 65 and more years old to reveal gender gaps and their explaining factors. It focuses on changes due to renewal of cohorts. Quality of life is measured on health conditions, economic resources, family situation and social integration. On each of them, objective indicators of living conditions are confronted with perceptions by the persons of their own situation.
The analysis of the social contextual determinants for quality of life of the elderly has become a priority. The development of comparative approaches as a tool to map the European heterogeneity is crucial for the understanding of societal factors, like public policies, in the diversity of individual trajectories.
We aim to identify and analyse at an European level the main contextual determinants of the quality of life of the elderly, from a gender perspective, in order to provide answers for public policy development and gender equity goals. An analysis is conducted on the capacity that the actual international databases have to inform the ageing process from a gender perspective. Missing areas of information and other relevant methodological issues are discussed.