The National Institute on Health and Science on Ageing (INRCA)
The National Institute on Health and Science on Ageing (INRCA – Istituto Nazionale di Riposo e Cura per Anziani) is an Italian public national body with circa 1,000 employees. Its headquarter is based in Ancona, with branches operating in three Italian Regions in form of geriatric hospitals, Alzheimer day care centres, nursing homes and several multidisciplinary departments with a mixed research-clinical mission, one of them including our Centre for Socio-Economic Research on Ageing (link).
INRCA’s mission is twofold: to provide health and long-term care to older people; and to carry out applied and theoretical research on longevity and ageing related issues. Within a network of over 40 centres funded by the Italian Ministry of Health to carry out research beyond their traditional care tasks, INRCA is the only institute specifically focused on geriatric and gerontological topics. This peculiar position allows INRCA to provide high-quality clinical and translational research in the biomedical and health care services areas as well as to act as consultant to private and public institution in the field of socio-economic research on ageing. Within the latter field, INRCA has focused in the past years on following areas of interest: quality of life and well-being of older people; active ageing in the labour market (e.g. older workers) and in society (e.g. older volunteers and lifelong learning); information and communication technologies (ICTs) supporting older people in need and their family carers; technical and social innovations for ageing populations; prevention of elder abuse and neglect; contents, quality and costs of health, social and long-term care; family care of dependent older persons, with a particular focus on women’s role in caregiving and measures for reconciliation of work and unpaid care; migrant workers in long-term care; intergenerational relationships and solidarity. In the last 20 years, INRCA has carried out several European projects on the mentioned topics.
Dr. Giovanni Lamura is a social gerontologist with an international and interdisciplinary background, working at INRCA (Italian National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing) since 1992. He graduated in economics in Italy in 1990; obtained a PhD in "Life course and social policy" at Bremen University (Germany) in 1995; was visiting fellow in 2006-07 at the University of Hamburg-Eppendorf (Germany); and research director of the pillar “health and care” of the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research in Vienna (Austria) in 2010-11. Currently he leads INRCA’s Centre for Socio-Economic Research on Ageing (link). He has gained experience in international research projects mainly focused on family and long-term care of dependent older people (EUROFAMCARE); work-life balance (Carers@work); migrant care work (Filling the Gap in LTC through Migration); prevention of elder abuse and neglect (ABUEL); ICT-based initiatives to support informal carers (CARICT and INNOVAGE); intergenerational solidarity (Let’s Re-Generate); and interdisciplinary research on ageing in general (FUTURAGE and MOPACT).
Dr. Francesco Barbabella is research fellow at the Centre for Socio-Economic Research on Ageing at INRCA. He had been visiting scholar at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research in Vienna (Austria), a UN-affiliated research centre, in 2011. He contributed with colleagues to some recent discussion papers published by the European Commission in the issues of ICTs for carers and migrant care workforce in long-term care. He has been working on European research projects like FUTURAGE, CARICT, INNOVAGE and ICARE4EU. His current main research interest concerns the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in improving care and support services for older people and family carers.