Ageing, Solidarity and Social Protection in Latin America and the Caribbean

Time for Progress towards Equality

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This publication aims to contribute to the research, analysis and design of proposals for the social protection of older persons. It develops a new conceptual approach and uses various indicators for its assessment in the areas of social security, health and social services. All human beings must be able to avail themselves of equal rights, without discrimination, and these rights must be enforced through serious, strategic and sustainable commitments which accommodate both present and long-term challenges. Only then will it be possible to develop an approach which includes each and every citizen and contributes to their well-being and security, so that they can make full use of their capacities, regardless of their age or economic activity.



Health, care and social protection

Over the coming decades, demographic patterns in all the countries in the region will be marked by the growing population of older persons and a shrinking young population. The timing of this shift as the countries move towards more advanced stages of the demographic transition will not be the same across the region, but most of the countries will have a window of opportunity in which to transform institutions, programmes and practices as required by the new population age structure and the resulting changes in sectoral demands. One of the most obvious changes refers to the demand for health care and the care burden in a context of changes in family structures and women’s roles.


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