Eldercare Policy Implications on the Time Use Patterns and Quality of Life of the Elderly and Elder Caregivers in Europe, UK, US, and Japan (AgeingTimeUse)


Principal Investigator: Kamila Kolpashnikova 


Within the next 50 years, the elderly will represent a substantial proportion of the population in most industrialised societies. Demographic trends indicate that countries will have to face tough social welfare decisions regarding the development of further strategies on how to ensure the safe and dignified ageing of its growing population of the elderly. Many countries introduce a variety of strategies in their policies of support and quality of life for their elderly. There is a range of long-term care policies as well as formal care provision services available in the industrialised countries. However, the efficacy and sustainability of these strategies remain unclear.

This research analyses the effects of different policies and elderly care strategies in the UK, US, and Japan. Using sequence analysis and multilevel models with access to supercomputers at the University of Oxford, the project aims to define the main typologies arising in the different countries, the effects of long-term care policy interventions and formal care services in these countries, and the demographic and resource-based antecedents of why such patterns and typologies arise. It will also analyse the strain in the paid and unpaid work among elder caregivers due to different policy trajectories.