This is the blog of the research “Non mi ritiro”: l’allungamento della vita, una sfida per le generazioni, un’opportunità per la società (2013-2014) [“I Don’t Want to Be Inactive” – A Longer Life: a Generational Challenge and an Opportunity for Society]. In this research are involved accademics and researchers of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and international experts coordinated by Professor Fausto Colombo. The research is funding by Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (D3.2 funds).
Introduction and Objectives
Ageing in western society has become a key issue in political and academic debate: politicians, sociologists, doctors, demographers, psychologists, economists are trying to understand how ageing will impact our future society. In this frame, media and communication technologies seem to be more and more relevant for the elderly, thanks to those services and devices helping people to grow old actively.
Our team of research proposes a research to explore ageing, active ageing and the role played by media and ICTs in building a friendly and positively environment for elderly, and in constructing and maintaining social relations and promoting healthy ageing. The final goal of this research is to suggest policy interventions and best practices aimed at helping the elder in our country, in local and national context.
The project, lasting 2 year, is based on (1) an in-depth theoretical study about ageing and (2) a field-work which consists of a survey (with a statically significant sample of Italian elderly population) and of ethnographical sections in natural contexts.
The issue of active ageing will be explored from two different but also similar perspectives:
– Exchanges between generations: lengthening of life corresponds to a longer period of cohabitation between at least three generations (grandparents, children, grandchildren). This relational exchanges relate to the quality of life of older people (Rossi, 2012). The support between generations (Boccacin, Bramanti 2012) will be investigated within families and even within “intergenerational” associations enhancing these exchanges between generations (e.g. professional know-how and new media literacy).
– Media and ICTs: the Western world is increasingly populated by elderly. Technologies and ICTs can help elderly to improve their quality of life, to be healthy and independent and to get better assistance. ICTs should encourage active ageing and, in the case of health technologies, new models of care. In particular, the research wants to investigate relations between two age groups (grandparents and grandchildren; young people and older people) in order to understand the dynamics of intergenerational mutuality in the use of technologies and ICTs.
The highly multidisciplinary research team is composed by academics and researchers from national and international institutions: foreign members will be involved in research design and in dissemination activities at international level.
The final goal of the research is to produce policy interventions and best practices aimed at helping elderly in their personal and social life.
The final results of the research will be presented at a meeting with international experts and will include suggestions for policy interventions.
The research wants to provide useful information to improve actions and initiatives to support elderly in active ageing. The research wants to give a practical dimension to the project results: 1) making available the results to the public (in a specific web portal) 2) elaborating a specific policy guide for project related to active ageing.
1) The main results of the research – ongoing and final – will be available in a web portal, which it will be the starting for further advances (for example, participation in the upcoming “The EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation – Horizon 2020”, in line with the European initiatives in terms of support to active ageing).
2) Starting from project results, the group of research wants to plan concrete policy interventions which could be useful to different institutions, actors and stakeholders (companies, voluntary associations, families, local authorities …) involved and interested in the topic of active ageing.
Here you can find a flyer with main results of our research.