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.



Health protection and ageing in Latin America and the Caribbean

There is an interrelationship between the epidemiological transition and the demographic transition (Frenk and others, 1991; Galyin and Kates, 1997) that has a direct impact on the demand for health protection. This interrelationship has implications, in other words, as regards the right to access and use a whole range of facilities, goods, services and conditions required to achieve the highest attainable standard of health (United Nations, 2000).


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