The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the ongoing global lack of preparedness for health systems around the world. In the case of some diseases like dementia, one of the biggest health and social care crises of this and future generations; awareness, support and education are key to successfully prepare patients, family members and caregivers. In this article, we ask Paola … [Read more...] about Dementia and COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean
More than 8 million older people are dependent on long-term care in Latin America and the Caribbean. These people are not able, on their own, to perform at least one basic activity of daily living, such as bathing or showering, eating, using the toilet, dressing, getting around a room, or getting in and out of bed. In this region, care dependence affects 12% of people over … [Read more...] about Who takes care of older people in Latin America and the Caribbean?
Today is the International Day of Older Persons. The world is home to more than 1 billion people over age 60, and two years ago the global number of people over age 65 surpassed that of children under age 5 for the first time in history. These numbers confirm a clear and irreversible trend: the world is aging, and Latin America is the region currently aging the quickest. This … [Read more...] about New Simulation Tool Calculates Investment Needed to Support Care-Dependent Older People.
People prefer to age at home, in a familiar setting, and surrounded, when possible, by their belongings and closest relatives and friends. This is not only a matter of personal preference. The World Health Organization highlights the importance of the context in determining the effects of aging on health: aging at home increases confidence levels, independence, and … [Read more...] about Aging at home: the preferred option of older adults
Older adults are a highly vulnerable group regarding COVID-19. What measures are Latin American and Caribbean countries taking to look after them? Countries in the region have made rapid progress with social distancing measures to address the pandemic, and responses in the area of long-term care are slowly beginning to be observed. However, these measures are still … [Read more...] about Coronavirus and Older Adults: Measures Implemented in the Region