Ageing, Human Rights and Public Policies

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The book sets out the framework of rights-based social protection policies and how they apply to the particular situation of the elderly population and looks at the status of older persons in terms of income security, access to health and inclusive environments. It also examines the impacts of population ageing on social protection systems —pensions, health and social services— and gives a general overview of the state of play of older persons’ rights in national legislations and public policies implemented in the region. The publication concludes with a summary of the main challenges that population ageing poses to the building of democratic and inclusive societies and emphasizes the need to move forward in adapting policy responses to the demographic panorama of the coming decades.



Implementing the Regional Strategy on Ageing in Latin America and the Caribbean: Challenges and perspectives

The age structure of the Latin American and Caribbean population has been changing at varying rates depending on the stage that the demographic transition has reached in each country. These changes in the size of generations relative to each other have come about as life expectancy has increased and fewer children are born, giving rise to a new scenario that has profound implications for family organization, levels of well-being and social cohesion, and the economic, political and cultural spheres (Guzmán, 2002b). Population ageing poses some major challenges for the countries of the region, since the older adult population is growing faster than it is in developed countries. This poses major challenges for Latin America and the Caribbean and places the region at an immediate and significant disadvantage.


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