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Eldercare Policy Implications on the Time Use Patterns and Quality of Life of the Elderly and Elder Caregivers in Europe, UK, US, and Japan

Project description

Elderly care policy for the future

The world’s rapidly ageing population, particularly in the industrial world, will result in considerable demographic change over the next 50 years. It is estimated that people aged 65 years and older will represent a significant proportion of the total population. As such, governments are searching for solutions to ensure citizens’ welfare. Although many countries apply different strategies, their overall efficacy and sustainability remain uncertain. The EU-funded AgeingTimeUse project will analyse the results of various policies and elderly care strategies in Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. The project aims to specify the main typologies in the three countries, the results of the long-term care policies and formal care services, and the demographic background of the manifestation of these typologies.


The demographic trends in the ageing population suggest that the elderly will represent a substantial proportion of the population in most industrialised societies within the next 50 years. These trends indicate that countries will have to face tough social welfare decisions to make regarding the development of further strategies on how to ensure safe and dignified ageing of its growing population of the elderly. Many countries introduce a variety of strategies in their policies of support and quality of life for their elderly. There is a range of long-term care policies as well as formal care provision services available in the industrialised countries. However, the efficacy and sustainability of these strategies remain unclear. This research will analyse the effects of different policies and elderly care strategies in the select European, North American, and East Asian countries, focusing on the UK, US, and Japan. Using sequence analysis, multiple correspondence analysis, and multilevel models with access to supercomputer facilities at the University of Oxford, I plan to define the main typologies arising in the different countries, the effects of long-term care policy interventions and formal care services in these countries, and the demographic and resource-based antecedents of why such patterns and typologies arise. I will also analyse the strain in paid and unpaid work among elder caregivers as the result of different policy trajectories, as well as the effects on gender equality of the political choices. I have access to 6 different datasets to analyse for this project: ELSA (UK), UKTUS (UK), HRS (USA), ATUS (US), SHARE (Europe), and MTUS (Europe). The project will result in at least two peer-reviewed journal articles, two reports published as discussion papers, and four conference presentations.


Net EU contribution
€ 212 933,76
OX1 2JD Oxford
United Kingdom

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South East (England) Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Oxfordshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 212 933,76