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   ISSN (Print) 2014-6728
   Published by Hipatia Press Homepage  [14 journals]
  • Yes or No' Older people, politics and the Scottish Referendum in 2014

    • Authors: Jim Crowther, Ellen Boeren, Alan Mackie
      Pages: 1 - 25
      Abstract: In this article we report on the issues, experiences and patterns of response to the independence referendum with particular reference to older voters. By older voters we are referring to the 61+ age group, although information cited from different opinion polls can refer to slightly different age ranges. We interpret the data through the lens of informal learning, that is, by understanding the referendum as a process of action and reflection that developed as people engaged with the arguments through different media and educative experiences in everyday life environments. Our view differs markedly from the dominant narrative applied to explain the pattern of voting amongst older members of the Scottish electorate.
      PubDate: 2018-01-30
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 1 (2018)
  • Full Issue

    • Authors: Maria del Mar Ramis Salas
      Pages: 1 - 118
      PubDate: 2018-01-30
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 1 (2018)
  • Well-being of older persons in Central and Eastern European countries

    • Authors: Radoslaw Antczak, Asghar Zaidi
      Pages: 26 - 52
      Abstract:  Central and Eastern Europe is a unique region in terms of its social, economic anddemographic trends, particularly because of legacy of the communist system andtransformation to a market system. The transition coincided with a rapiddemographic change in which younger generation was able to reorganise themselvesrelatively easily whereas older people found this change much more difficult. Thispaper builds a picture of well-being of older population in eight Eastern Europeancountries: Albania, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey andUkraine and compares it to eight other European Union (EU) member States of thesame region. We used the Global AgeWatch Index – an analytical framework ofZaidi (2013 ) offering comparative analysis of older people’s well-being across theworld. It is extended by gender-specific analysis for two domains: health status andcapability. The results show that the combined Index value of eight Eastern andSouth-Eastern non-EU countries is considerably below the average observed foreight EU member States, however, in some individual indicators, some of the non-EU states performed better than the EU countries. The evidence summarised can beused to assess the position of the region and points to areas where policy changes arenecessary.
      PubDate: 2018-01-30
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 1 (2018)
  • Aprendizaje de las competencias digitales en colectivos vulnerables a
           través de los Grupos Interactivos

    • Authors: Bernat Oro, Javier Diez-Palomar
      Pages: 53 - 81
      Abstract: A pesar de las mejoras conseguidas en los últimos años por lo que respecta a la alfabetización digital, las personas mayores, con niveles bajos de formación o con bajos ingresos económicos continúan en riesgo de exclusión digital. La falta de habilidades digitales es una de las barreras más importantes en el acceso a Internet (European Comission, 2017). En un contexto en constante transformación tecnológica y digitalización de la vida cotidiana es necesario investigar medidas efectivas para el fomento de la competencia digital especialmente en colectivos vulnerables como las personas desempleadas de larga duración. A partir de un estudio de caso español analizamos los alcances obtenidos en el proyecto europeo DigiUP - Interactive Groups for digital inclusion through intergenerational dialogue (ERASMUS+), cuyo objetivo es aumentar la adquisición de las competencias digitales entre estos grupos vulnerables. Los resultados muestran una mejora sustancial en el marco europeo Europass e incluso con indicadores que han superado la media de los países de la OCDE. Estos descubrimientos refuerzan la importancia de la aplicación de la Actuación Educativa de Éxito (Flecha, 2015) de los Grupos Interactivos, como medida que acelera el aprendizaje en competencias digitales, a la vez que genera un espacio real de solidaridad intergeneracional y envejecimiento activo. 
      PubDate: 2018-01-30
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 1 (2018)
  • Religious vs Secular volunteering motivations: A study on European elders

    • Authors: Antonio Ariza-Montes, Pilar Tirado-Valencia, Vicente Fernández-Rodríguez, Mark Hager
      Pages: 82 - 111
      Abstract: The reality of volunteering is highly complex. This concept is difficult to define and typify because of the great variety of interpretations, motivations, socio-demographic variables and cultural aspects that shape the volunteer profile. This work aims to analyze the differential and inter-related impact of socio-demographic and contextual variables, and cultural values on elder volunteer profile in Europe. We thus conduct an empirical study involving the use of a logistic regression model that shows, in probabilistic terms, traits that characterize senior and retired volunteers. Further, we study which variables motivate senior volunteers to a determined type of volunteering. Results from the European Value Study help to explain variable influence on volunteering and confirm that cultural values impact among elder people, both, election to volunteering activities and decisions regarding which kind of activity volunteers are drawn to. By analyzing two types of volunteering (religious and secular) that are supposed to be motivated by different forces, we conclude that certain values encourage religious volunteering while others stimulate secular volunteering.
      PubDate: 2018-01-30
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 1 (2018)
  • Active Ageing and Demographic Change: Challenges for social work and
           social policy. Book Review

    • Authors: Teresa Plaja
      Pages: 112 - 115
      PubDate: 2018-01-30
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 1 (2018)
  • List of reviewers

    • Authors: Maria del Mar Ramis Salas
      First page: 116
      PubDate: 2018-01-30
      Issue No: Vol. 6, No. 1 (2018)
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