The National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing (INRCA – Istituto Nazionale di Riposo e Cura per Anziani; http://www.inrca.it) is a public national organisation with almost 1,000 employees. Its headquarter is based in Ancona, with branches operating in three Italian Regions (Marche, Lombardy and Calabria) through geriatric hospitals, residential care facilities, an Alzheimer day care centre and Research Units.
INRCA’s mission is twofold:
- to provide health and long-term care to older people;
- to carry out basic, applied and theoretical research on longevity and ageing related issues.
Within a network of almost 50 centres funded by the Italian Ministry of Health to carry out research beyond their traditional care tasks, INRCA is the only national 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.
With regard to the field of socio-economic research on ageing and longevity, INRCA’s Centre for Socio-Economic Research on Ageing carries out interdisciplinary gerontological research integrating the clinical-geriatric-approach, with the main aim of contributing to a holistic understanding of the ageing process from a demographic, social, economic and political perspective.
Concerning the above, INRCA has focused in the past years on following areas of interest: quality of life and well-being of older people; 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; user-friendly technological innovations promoting independent living, tele-care and ICT-based solutions for dependent older people and their family carers; active ageing in the labour market (e.g. older workers and policies to prolong working life) and in society (e.g. older volunteers and lifelong learning), including socially innovative practices for an active and healthy ageing. In the last 20 years, INRCA has carried out several European projects on the mentioned topics.