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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.

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El paulatino pero inexorable envejecimiento de la población de América Latina y el Caribe presenta dos características que preocupan: un ritmo más rápido que el registrado históricamente en los países desarrollados y un contexto caracterizado por una persistente desigualdad, un débil desarrollo institucional, sistemas de protección social de baja cobertura y calidad y una institución familiar muy exigida en materia de seguridad y protección.

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