Eva Alfama is researcher in the Institute of Government and Public Policy (IGOP) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Her main areas of interest are Social Inequalities, Social Policies, Social Movements and Political Participation. She has conducted research on gender policies, gender-based violence, disabled people, elderly and social exclusion, among others, and has advised several Public Administrations on these issues.
Active aging policies, citizenship and participation
Until recently in most countries public policies for the elderly have been based on seeing older people as unproductive people and as an object of care, attention and protection. However, new generations of older people are mainly demanding more autonomy and empowerment, which requires the design of appropriate responses. This talk will focus on older people’s involvement in the design, delivery, and monitoring of services devoted to promote active aging in different municipalities in Spain. On the basis of an ongoing research, I will assess the degree of development of institutional top-down experiences of older people’s involvement and reflect on the dilemma and challenges found.