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Mayte Sancho Castiello

Institute for Older People and Social Services (IMSERSO)

Mayte Sancho Castiello

Director General of the Institute for Older People and Social Services (IMSERSO), the Spanish Government agency responsible for the management of social services, since December 2023.

Psychologist from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid and Master in Social Gerontology from the Universidad Autonoma of Madrid. She was a civil servant at the Institute for Older People and Social Services (IMSERSO) from 1978 to 2008. Since 1999 she was responsible for the Observatory of Ageing and Dependency of the Ministry of Work and Social Affairs in Spain. She was a member of the group that developed the Law for the Promotion of Personal Autonomy and Care for Dependency, which established a right to Long-Term Care in Spain (2006). She has been vice-president of the Spanish Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology (2007-2011). Between 2008 and 2020 she was Scientific Director of the Matia Gerontological Institute. She has collaborated with international organisations and the public sector in processes of de-institutionalisation and innovative housing with care. She has numerous publications in the field of gerontology.

She was recognised by United Nations as one of the Healthy Ageing 50 leaders who are transforming the world to be a better place to grow older:


Countries Latinamerica & Caribbean; Spain;
Topics Access to care; Care inequalities; Care integration/ coordination; Care outcomes; Deinstitutionalisation; Employment education and family carers; Governance and LTC systems organisation; Housing and care; Local care ecosystems; LTC Policy; LTC Reforms; LTC Systems; LTC Workforce; Relationship between LTC use and hospital use; Residential LTC services; Rights and people’s voices in LTC systems; Stigma and discrimination; Unpaid / informal care;
Methods Literature reviews and synthesis; Policy analysis; Qualitative studies; Quantitative data analysis; Questionnaire; Surveys;
Role Research;
Interest Groups Care home markets and regulation; Employment Education and Family carers; Long-Term Care in Spain;
Research interests

Gerontological planning,  Long-Term Care, Local care Ecosystems, Ageism, Co-housing and alternative forms of housing with care, Community-based care.

Key publications

Sancho, M (2020) Viviendas y alojamientos para personas mayores. La experiencia internacional. Revista Internacional de Estudios Vascos.65, 1-2, 1-377, 2020ISSN: 0212-7016
Diaz-Veiga P. Sancho, all.( 2023). Unidades de convivencia para personas mayores en el marco del proceso de desinstitucionalización. Revista Zerbitzuan. nº 78.
Comas, D, Sancho,M et al ( 2023). Hacia la personalización de los cuidados y los apoyos en el marco del sistema de atención a la dependencia. Zerbitzuan. nº 79.
Sancho, M; Martinez T.(2021). Informe España 2021. El futuro de los cuidados de larga duración ante la crisis de la COVID-19. Universidad Comillas.
Sancho, M; Del Barrio, E.( 2021). Impacto de los cuidados a personas en situación de dependencia en la salud y el bienestar de las personas cuidadoras. En ¿Quien cuida?.Coord. Maria Angeles Duran. Emakunde. Gobierno Vasco.
Sancho M ( coord). Estudio “Etxean Bizi” (en casa bien) 2017-2020) Diputación Foral de Guipúzcoa. Municipios de Pasajes, Rentería y Elgoibar
Sancho M. (coord) (2020) Explorando soledades entre las personas mayores que envejecen . Convocatoria Adimberri .Matia Fundazioa. Guipuzkoa
Estrategia Vasca de Envejecimiento Activo. 2015-2020.