Newsletter July 2021


Loneliness and social isolation among older people in Europe

Loneliness and social isolation have a negative impact on quality of life and well-being. They also affect older persons much more than other age groups. The COVID-19 pandemic increased public attention to loneliness and social isolation, but more is needed to enhance knowledge about these phenomena and to promote public initiatives in this area. In our Policy Brief, we aim to raise awareness of this important issue. We present empirical evidence on loneliness and social isolation among older European citizens and provide a summary of existing interventions from across Europe.

Based on European comparative surveys, we find significant cross-country variation in the prevalence of loneliness and social isolation. Older persons in Eastern and Southern Europe are more likely to report frequent loneliness and fewer social contacts than in the Northern and Western parts of Europe.

Share of people aged 65 and older reporting feeling lonely (in %, 2016)

Share of people aged 65 and older reporting feeling lonely (in %, 2016)

Source: Own calculation based on EQLS 2016

The identified measures to tackle loneliness at old age include both top-down and bottom-up strategies, smaller-scale initiatives and complex interventions. Very few countries in Europe have nationwide strategies addressing issues of loneliness, social isolation and ageing in a comprehensive way. Read more about the results & examples hereMore findings

New publications

SWaPOL Policy brief: Towards a joint vocational training curriculum

Researchers and practitioners in the partner countries (Austria, Belgium and Portugal) developed a five-day joint training course that can be integrated in existing training schedules in academic institutions in social work and in police more

SWaPOL Manuals: New Training Material

The SWaPOL Handbooks for Trainers are now available in English, German, Portuguese and Dutch. Download the Handbooks and Training Curricula. Read more

Policy brief: Addressing loneliness and social isolation among older people in Europe

This Policy Brief looks at loneliness and social isolation as factors influencing the wellbeing and inclusion of older people. It presents results on the prevalence of loneliness and social isolation and provides an overview of existing more

InCARE newsletter: First issue out!

In this first InCARE newsletter, the team gathered a series of short articles illustrating the many developments since the project was kicked-off in November 2020. You will find information on how the piloting is taking shape in Spain, Austria and more

EESPN newsletter: November 2021 issue

We would like to introduce the November 2021 issue of the EESPN newsletter. We feature new projects, calls & publications on new social policy measures relevant to the Bridge Building (BB) region. Read more more

Upcoming & past online events

2021 BB Summer School: First of two virtual Summer Schools

The European Centre hosted with great success the first virtual 2021 Bridge building (BB) Summer School on Evaluation in Social Policies, on 25-27 August. 13 participants from the 'Bridge building' region, like more

Podcast: Ageing in dignity - Long-term care in Vienna

Kai Leichsenring was invited to a discussion about long-term care in Vienna by the Viennese podcast “Mercato Rosso” with Barbara Novak, City Councillor of Vienna, and Barbara Lux who is a volunteer at the Caritas Hospice more

Day of Quality in Social Services: Towards a new paradigm of quality assurance in emerging LTC systems

On 6 July 2021, the Spanish Region of Castilla y Léon held a Day of Quality in Social Services and invited international experts to contribute by pre-registered presentations. Kai Leichsenring presented his considerations on quality more