The stage of old age in the rural world had a series of basic needs that needed to be covered and prepared for as long as they enjoyed a certain level of health. These people of 60 or more years of age used to design strategies by means of cessions and donations to close relatives to ensure their own survival during this hard stage of life.
The evolution of the group during the second half of the 18th century is striking, as its quantitative growth did not slow down until the first quarter of the 19th century. Throughout the seventeenth century, the growth in the data can be considered to be due to the fact that these individuals had already overcome the demographic crisis of the previous century, marking a new generation that was better fed and had more adequate health care facilities for their needs, which led to a striking population expansion of this group of elderly people.
In the 19th century, the growth trend of the previous century continued, but was cut short in 1804 due to the mortality crises that devastated Fermoselle between 1804 and 1812, especially affecting the weakest people, including the elderly.
Project: 3. Rural world and urban world in the formation of the European identity., 4. Family, daily life and social inequality in Europe.
Chronology: XVIII, XIX
Scope: Secondary Education, Baccalaureate, University, Postgraduate
Resource type: Graph
Format: Line chart
Source: Velasco, E. (2014). "La senectud en el mundo rural: la dependencia del «viejo» en la localidad zamorana de Fermoselle entre 1750-1825", en García, F. (Coord), Familia y sociedad rural en la España del Antiguo Régimen, Tiempos modernos, nº 29, p. 9.
Owner: Roberto José Alcalde López (Modernalia)
Copyright: ©Tiempos Modernos ©Eduardo Velasco Merino
Abstract: Line graph showing the evolution of the population considered elderly in Fermoselle between 1750 and 1825Image