Population aging. General data
According to data from the Continuous Register of the National Statistics Institute (INE), at 1 January 2018 there were 8,908,151 elderly people in Spain, representing 19.1% of the total population. It is particularly notable that people over 80 years of age account for 6.1% of the total population. These figures are the result of the evolution of the existing population typology: there are more and more older people and ever fewer younger people.
As a result of this new scenario, loneliness and social isolation have become two major challenges in Western societies. In response to this situation, ”la Caixa” Foundation's Programme for the Elderly has launched “Always Accompanied”, an initiative aimed at addressing situations of loneliness among senior citizens.