- University of Sheffield, United Kingdom Department of Sociological Studies (USFD)
- University of Sheffield, United Kingdom: School of Health and Related Research (USFD - ScHARR)
- Lunds Universitet, Sweden (ULUND)
- Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg, Germany (UHEI)
- Newcastle University, United Kingdom (UNEW)
- National Institute of Health and Science on Aging, Italy (INRCA)
- Age Platform Europe, Brussels (AGE)
- Eurocarers, Luxembourg (EuCa)
- Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom (SHU)
- Latvian Council of Science, Latvia (LCS)
(Lead for ICT-based Social Support for Carers of Older People)
Italian National Institute of Health and Science on Aging (INRCA): INRCA (www.inrca.it) is a public organisation with the mission of providing elder care through hospital and residential facilities for geriatric patients, and entrusted by the Italian Ministry of Health with the additional task of carrying out multidisciplinary research on ageing-related issues. These tasks are accomplished through different centres specialised on clinical, socio-economic and biological research. Thanks to this multidisciplinary approach, INRCA has been involved in several international research projects, accumulating a longstanding experience in the field of ageing. This has focused mainly on quality of life in old age, family and informal care of frail older people, prevention of elder abuse, outdoor mobility and independent living, promotion of ICT-based solutions and social innovations supporting older citizens, active ageing, migrant workforce in the long-term care system and other ageing-related issues. Recently, the institute has been nominated coordinator of the National Longevity Network by the Italian Ministry of Health.
Specifically, the INRCA Centre for Socio-Economic Research on Ageing is involved in INNOVAGE. The Centre carries out interdisciplinary gerontological research, with the main aim of contributing to a more holistic understanding of the ageing process from a demographic, social, economic and political perspective. The results of this activity, which is made possible thanks to the multi-disciplinary composition of its research staff, allow to integrate the traditional clinical-geriatric approach in translational terms, and are mainly disseminated by means of scientific publications on international journals and books, but also through consultancy work for public and private organisations.
In the last decade, research has been carried out – at a regional, national and especially European and international level – on following empirical and theoretical themes: integrated long-term care of dependent older people; support services to family carers, also to improve their work-life balance; prevention of abuse and neglect in older age; migrant care work in elder care; promotion of active ageing both in the labour market (via supports to older workers) and in civil society (by enhancing opportunities for volunteering in older age and preventing age discrimination); new technologies to improve the quality of life/care of older people and their carers.
The activity of the Centre for Socio-Economic Research on Ageing concerns both scientific research, high-level education for researchers and implementation of social interventions. The following ones are examples of recent activities carried out by the Centre:
- contribution to the development of the Road Map for Future Ageing Research in Europe; (www.futurage.group.shef.ac.uk)
- in 2012, the Centre has coordinated the organisation of the first edition of the International Summer School on Ageing (for details: https://sites.google.com/site/issa2012ancona/home) for young researchers (post-graduate level), recently established by INRCA in collaboration with the University of British Columbia (Canada) and the Lund University (Sweden);
- it also runs a help-line (for details, only in Italian: http://www.inrca.it/inrca/InEvidenza2.asp?ID=29) to provide telephone support, advice and information on how to deal with situations of elder abuse and neglect.
- Key personnel involved in the project
Giovanni Lamura - Senior Researcher
Carlos Chiatti - Research Fellow
Francesco Barbarella - Post-doc project manager/post-doc researcher
An ICT expert and other Reseachers will be recruited to join the team
- Main tasks attributed to them in the project
INRCA will lead WP3, taking responsibility for Tasks 1, 2 ,and 3. INRCA will also contribute to Tasks 2, 3 and 7 in WP6.
- Short profile and previous relevant experience
Dr. Giovanni Lamura, PhD, Principal Investigator for INRCA, is a social gerontologist with an international and interdisciplinary background, working at INRCA since 1992. He graduated in economics in Italy in 1990; obtained a PhD in "Life course and social policy" at Bremen University (Germany) in 1995; was visiting fellow in 2006-07 at the University of Hamburg-Eppendorf (Germany); and research director of the pillar “health and care” of the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research in Vienna (Austria) in 2010-11. He has gained experience in international research projects mainly focused on family and long-term care of dependent older people; work-life balance; migrant care work; prevention of elder abuse and neglect; ICT-based solutions for a sustainable informal care. In 2011 he coordinated the four-country research project CARICT (Assessing the impact of ICT-based solutions for informal caregivers). In the last five years he has participated, among others, in the following European projects: “EUROFAMCARE: Support services for family carers of older people”; “ABUEL: A multinational prevalence study on elder abuse”; “ASPA: Activating senior potential in an ageing Europe”; “Care@work: reconciliation of employment and elder care”; “EURHOMAP: mapping home care services in Europe”; “Futurage: outlining a “road-map” for future ageing research in Europe”; and “CarICT - ICT based solutions for caregivers: Assessing their impact on the sustainability of long-term care in an ageing Europe”.
Main tasks attributed in the project: coordinator and principal investigator in WP3. His activities will be related to: the development of the Protocol of Action (PACT) between project partners (Task 1); reviewing current web-based services in Europe, designing and developing the new web-platform for carers, testing the pilot in three sites and evaluating its impact (overall Task 2); supporting the implementation of the web-platform in all EU Member States (Task 3); supporting the dissemination and training activities of the web-platform (Task 7 in WP6).
Dr. Carlos Chiatti, M.Sc. Economics, PhD Epidemiology. He is a researcher at the Italian National Institute of Health and Science on Aging (INRCA) and visiting fellow at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK). In addition, he is professor in Health Economics at the University of Ancona. He has worked on several international projects in the field of active ageing (e.g. ASPA, ABUEL and EURHOMAP). At INRCA, he participated to the project FUTURAGE, aimed at defining the roadmap for future ageing research in Europe. He recently received a research grant of 1.3 million of Euros from the Ministry of Welfare, for a large community trial (UP-TECH project) aimed at improving the provision of health and social care for patients affected by dementia through the use of ICTs.
Main tasks attributed in the project: research fellow involved in WP3 for the following activities: development of the Protocol of Action (PACT) between project partners (Task 1); designing and developing the new web-platform for carers, testing the pilot in three sites and evaluating its impact (overall Task 2); supporting the implementation of the web-platform in all EU Member States (Task 3).
Dr. Francesco Barbabella, M.A., PhD in Communication Sciences applied to ICT for informal care. He has been working for three years (2009-2011) at the Italian National Institute of Health and Science on Aging (INRCA) in Ancona (Italy) as junior researcher; in 2011 he was visiting scholar at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research in Vienna (Austria). He worked on several EC-funded projects, such as FUTURAGE, ASPA, and CARICT. His current research interests deal with the socio-economic impact of ageing populations and the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in long-term care. In particular, he carried an extensive work to understand the impact of ICTs on the lives of informal carers and dependent older people.
Main tasks attributed in the project: research manager of WP3 and research fellow involved in the following activities: development of the Protocol of Action (PACT) between project partners (Task 1); reviewing current web-based services in Europe, designing and developing the new web-platform for carers, testing the pilot in three sites and evaluating its impact (overall Task 2); supporting the implementation of the web-platform in all EU Member States (Task 3); supporting national dissemination and training activities of the web-platform (Task 3 in WP6).