Principal Investigators

Josep Lluis Conde-Sala

Full Professor

Aging, disability and health

Feliciano Villar

Full Professor

Active aging

Research team


Montserrat Celdran

Associate Professor


Cristina Portellano

Postdoctoral Researcher


Vanesa Viñas

Early Stage Researcher

Research Interest


This programme focuses on researching pathological and normative ageing and disabilities. It includes the study of generative activities in older age and the determinants and impact of older people involvement in volunteering tasks or as political activists. Also, it addresses long-term residential settings policies and practices, particularly those addressed to guarantee residents’ rights and opportunities for participating. Furthermore, this programme tackles the field of pathological ageing: disability and dependence, including quality of life, carer burden and anosognosia in Alzheimer’s disease; and normative ageing: studying depression, cognitive decline, personality, loneliness and health.

Technologies & Methods


  • Empirical studies with data from SHARE (survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe)

Featured Projects


    • Hacia una concreción del envejecimiento activo: antecedentes y consecuencias según el tipo de actividad realizada. Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad. PSI2016-77864-R. Feliciano Villar


    • Predicting vascular Risk in Old mediTerranean population. PROTEO Study. Carlos III Health Institute. Health research projects. PI17/00690. Jose Luis Conde-Sala


    • Sense of Coherence in carers may reduce costs of care in Dementia. Carlos III Health Institute. Health research projects. PI17/00029. Jose Luis Conde-Sala


    • Trayectorias asociadas al género en la exclusión de las relaciones sociales en la vejez y sus consecuencias para la salud y bienestar: una perspectiva de ciclo vital. Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades. PCI2019-103627. Feliciano Villar

Featured Publications


    • Villar, F., Serrat, R., Celdran, M., & Pinazo, S. (2020). Active Aging and Learning Outcomes: What Can Older People Learn From Participation? Adult Education Quarterly, 70(3), 240–257.


    • Conde-Sala, J. L., Garre-Olmo, J., Calvó-Perxas, L., Turró-Garriga, O., Vilalta-Franch, J., & López-Pousa, S. (2020). CAUSES, mortality rates and risk factors of death in community-dwelling Europeans aged 50 years and over: Results from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe 2013-2015. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 89, 104035.


    • Conde-Sala, J. L., & Garre-Olmo, J. (2020). Early parental death and psychosocial risk factors for dementia: A case–control study in Europe. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 35(9), 1051–1059.


    • Villar, F., Serrat, R., Celdran, M., Faba, J., Martinez, T., & Twisk, J. (2020). “I do it my way”: long-term care staff’s perceptions of residents’ sexual needs and suggestions for improvement in their management. European Journal of Ageing, 17(2), 197–205.


    • Serrat, R., & Villar, F. (2020). Lifecourse transitions and participation in political organisations in older Spanish men and women. Ageing & Society, 40(10), 2174–2190.


    • Villar, F., Faba, J., Serrat, R., Celdran, M., & Martinez, T. (2020). Sexual harassment from older residents at long-term care facilities: is it really part of the job? International Psychogeriatrics, 32(3, SI), 325–333.


    • Conde-Sala, J. L., Garre-Olmo, J., Calvo-Perxas, L., Turro-Garriga, O., & Vilalta-Franch, J. (2019). Course of depressive symptoms and associated factors in people aged 65+in Europe: A two-year follow-up. Journal of Affective Disorders, 245, 440–450.


    • Villar, F., Celdran, M., Serrat, R., Faba, J., Genover, M., & Martinez, T. (2019). Sexual Situations in Spanish Long-Term Care Facilities: Which Ones Cause the Most Discomfort to Staff? Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 16(4), 446–454.


    • Viñas-Diez, V., Conde-Sala, J. L., Turró-Garriga, O., Gascón-Bayarri, J., & Ramirez, R. (2019). Síntomas depresivos y sobrecarga en los familiares cuidadores en la enfermedad de Alzheimer: un modelo de ecuaciones estructurales. Revista de Neurología, 69, 11.


    • Portellano-Ortiz, C., & Conde-Sala, J. L. (2018). Cognition and its association with the factors of the EURO-D: Suffering and Motivation. Findings from SHARE Wave 6. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 33(12), 1645–1653.