Anziani attivi in Italia: engagement e benessere tra ricomposizione e ritiro

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Seniors active in Italy: engagement and well-being between recomposition and withdrawal

Donatella Bramanti, Stefania Giada Meda

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[Autom. eng. transl.] The research promoted by the Catholic University during 2013/2014 is therefore placed within these general interests, but introduces some distinctive peculiarities. The specificity of this further survey, of which we present here a part of the results, is a vision of activity that overcomes the opposition participation / withdrawal from the labor market and focuses on three areas that characterize the propensity to action of young elders. The sectors analyzed are extremely brief: a. the propensity of the young elderly to intergenerational exchanges both within the primary networks and towards the social community (Rossi, Bramanti, Moscatelli, 2014); b. the possession and use of new media as a support and new socialization tool (Carlo, 2014); c. active participation in voluntary activities within the association (Boccacin, 2015). In this vision, the activity is not a generic activism and not even a professional commitment, but consists of a series of possibilities that contribute to defining the modus vivendi (Archer, 2003) of the elderly subjects. The research question is therefore the understanding of how the activity, understood in this way, is a condition of well-being for the subjects. That is, whoever is better, what life strategies he puts in place, what is more important for aging well. According to the relational perspective, assumed here, the framework of the variables to be considered in the definition of the activity itself, according to the relational AGIL scheme, includes sense components (reference values and welfare goals) and structural elements (ie resources and rules ) which are at the basis of commitment decisions (engagement with both generations), associations and socio-political participation. In this paper we will focus only on some of the empirical findings that emerged from the research, in particular we intend to understand the characteristics of the young elderly (65-74) in Italy, such as their activity fields and, above all, to what extent the different modus vivendi (Archer, 2003) are harbingers of conditions of well-being and a good level of overall satisfaction. In other words, we try to highlight the strategies adopted by the young elders to continue to feel good, once the main areas of commitment have been lost or, in any case, decidedly reduced.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Seniors active in Italy: engagement and well-being between recomposition and withdrawal
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationPolitiche sociali innovative e diritti di cittadinanza
EditorsAndrea Bassi, Giuseppe Moro
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Anziani attivi
  • Engagement


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