Spanish Programmes to Support Older People by IMSERSO

In Spain, policy and strategy for services related to senior people are the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Social Services and Equality, at the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality. In practice, these are delegated to the Instituto de Mayores y Servicios Sociales (IMSERSO, Institute for the Elderly and Social Services). IMSERSO was created in 1978 and until 1997 focused on action targeting the elderly, disabled and asylum seekers, under a national remit. Since then it has been repeatedly streamlined and decentralised, with many of the competences being transferred to or complemented by the different regional governments of the 17 Autonomous Communities in Spain.

Currently, IMSERSO has different programmes focusing on the Promotion of Personal Autonomy and Care for people in situations of dependency, the Promotion of Active Ageing, and the Programme of Innovation and Technical Support. These programmes mostly touch on issues of health and care, but also on improving mobility, the introduction of ICT solutions to extend independent living for old people, and in promoting internal tourism and economic activity of seniors. IMSERSO estimates that about 2.8 million people in Spain are in some way dependent on external help in at least one aspect of their lives due to their old age.

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