Policy brief CREW

Newsletter December 2022

What is new?

  • The results of the CREW project encompassed three areas of research. First, the research conducted at CREW showed that older people’s health and well-being are multidimensional concepts that need to be investigated using precise indicators.
  • Second, the CREW project found that caregiving has both positive and negative aspects and that the impact of caregiving on caregivers’ health is highly heterogeneous.
  • Third, the CREW project suggested a way to properly link retirement age to survival and proposed ways to make the former increase as the latter progress.

Policy issue

The project “Care, Retirement & Wellbeing of Older People Across Different Welfare Regimes” (CREW) addressed the issue of how to foster the health and well-being of ageing populations in the face of limited economic resources.

This is an important matter because the demographic trend of an ageing population is already having a significant impact on European societies, and is expected to continue to do so in the future.

European countries are already under pressure to develop sustainable policies that will help improve the well-being of their ageing populations, given the limited economic resources available (European Commission, 2020, 2022).

Who took part in the project?

The CREW project was a collaborative effort by experts from six institutions in five countries: Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, and Canada. These countries are all experiencing similar demographic phenomena (increasing life expectancy, increased childlessness, and prevalence of kinlessness individuals). However, the extent of these phenomena and their effects vary extensively by country.

The CREW research outcome produced 45 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, and 5 book chapters or conference proceedings. CREW research has been summarized in a freely available N-IUSSP e-book, which can be found here.