Active ageing in Europe: Are changes in social capital associated with engagement, initiation and maintenance of activity in later life?

Emma Garavaglia, Pryanka Boerio, Alessandra Gaia

Risultato della ricerca: Contributo in rivistaArticolo in rivista

Abstract

The demographic landscape of European countries is rapidly changing because of population ageing; in this context, societies are called to offer older people opportunities to age actively. Although 'active ageing' has been broadly explored, there is still room to further our knowledge on the individual conditions that may favour or hinder activity in later life. This study aims to contribute to the literature in this field by focusing on the role of social capital. Specifically, it explores, through logistic regression models, how social capital and changes in social capital are associated with engagement in, the initiation of and continued participation in various domains of activity: volunteering and charity work, active participation in political or community-related organisations, informal care-giving and paid work. The data analysed stem from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE). We focused on people aged 55+ participating in Waves 4-6. The key findings are: (a) having a larger social network is positively associated with participation in and the initiation of activities; (b) receiving social support (rarely) may stimulate reciprocity and thus care-giving; and (c) an increase in social network size is positively associated with initiation and maintenance of activities during later life.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1-19
Numero di pagine19
RivistaAgeing and Society
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2021

Keywords

  • active ageing
  • older people
  • Survey of Health Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE)
  • social capital
  • social network
  • quantitative research

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