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Erkuden Aldaz

Matia Instituto

Erkuden Aldaz

Diploma in Social Work (UPNA, 2004), degree in Psychology (EHU, 2009) and Master in “Psychology: Individual, group, organization and culture” (EHU, 2011). Her doctoral thesis deals with the identification of keys for the generation of local ecosystems of care from People Centered Care.

Her work activity has focused on projects for the promotion of technical, social and emotional resources for self-care and care of people in need of care and caregivers, leading to the design and development of training programs aimed at the elderly, family caregivers and health professionals. She has also been psychologist of the SENDIAN program of support to family caregivers of the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa.

She is currently developing projects aimed at transforming the current model of care towards community and people-centered approaches, with special attention to the construction of caregiving municipalities or neighborhoods. She is, since 2021, Co-director of Matia Institute.


Countries Basque Country (Spain); Spain;
Topics Deinstitutionalisation; Employment education and family carers; Local care ecosystems; Person-centered care;
Methods Practice-based approaches;
Role Research;
Interest Groups Long-Term Care in Spain;
Other 1;
Research interests

The transformation of the current model of care towards community based and people-centred approches.

Key publications

– Marín, M., Cordero, L., Prieto, E., Aldaz, E. & Gómez, A. (2024). Contenidos y competencias destacadas a incorporar en la formación técnica para el cuidado de personas mayores en Colombia, Costa Rica y Uruguay. Actualidades Investigativas en Educación. 24. 1-34. 10.15517/aie.v24i1.55621.
– Soler, Á., Etxaniz, N., Azurmendi, M., Prieto, D. & Aldaz, E. (2022). Etxean Bizi: ¿es posible vivir en casa cuando se necesitan apoyos? Reformulando el modelo actual de provisión de apoyos y cuidados en el domicilio. Zerbitzuan. 67-86. 10.5569/1134-7147.78.04.
– Galdona, N., Aldaz, E., & Gomez, A. (2020). Familia inguruneko zaintzaileen ongizatea: Sendian Programa. Zerbitzuan. 105-118. 10.5569/1134-7147.71.06.
– Aldaz, E., Aritzeta, A., & Galdona, N. (2019). The association between alexithymia, emotional intelligence and burnout among nursing assistants working in nursing home settings: A cross‐sectional study. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 75. 10.1111/jan.14153.
– Galdona, N., Martinez-Taboada, C., Etxeberria, I., Urdaneta, E. & Aldaz, E. (2018). Positive Aging: The Relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Psychological, Social and Physical Wellbeing. 10.15406/mojgg.2017.03.00073.
– Leturia, M., Aldaz, E., Uriarte, A., Salazar, J., Allur, E., Iribar, J. & Benedicto, Z. (2015). Modelo de seguimiento de la prestación económica para cuidados en el entorno familiar. ZERBITZUAN. 161-174. 10.5569/1134-7147.57.10.
– Martinez, A., Etxeberria, I., Aldaz, E., Roedl, L., Stainer-Hochgatterer, A., Wöckl, B. & Bund, J. (2011). Supporting diagnostic decision for early detection of a neurodegenerative disease on a behavioural altered pattern basis. 81-88.
– Urdaneta, E., Iglesias, A., Aldaz, E., Galdona, N., Etxaniz, A., Subasi, Ö., Roedl, L., & Hotthgatterer, A. (2010). Early detection and monitoring of mild cognitive impairment through the register of daily behavior patterns. Alzheimers & Dementia – ALZHEIMERS DEMENT. 6. 10.1016/j.jalz.2010.08.028.