Meet Elizabeth, an 80-year-old widow with multiple chronic health conditions for years. Previously, she relied solely on her daughter Angela for unpaid assistance with personal care and household tasks. Angela lives close by and cares for Elizabeth before or after going to her job at a local supermarket and on her days off. Unfortunately, Elizabeth’s needs for assistance became … [Read more...] about Self-directed Care: the Benefits of Cash and Counseling
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If you are 65 years old in Panama, you can expect to live 14 additional years in good health and free of poverty. This is 9 years more than in Honduras, and 4 years above the average for Latin American and Caribbean countries. In a recent study, we calculate this measure of older persons’ quality of life for all the countries of the region. See how your country compares to the … [Read more...] about Which is the best country to get older in Latin America and the Caribbean?
Latin America and the Caribbean is the fastest-aging region in the world. People living longer is a positive development, but it brings with it more widespread care dependence—difficulty performing activities of daily living like bathing or getting dressed. We estimate that by 2050, between 27 and 35 million people in our region will need help completing these basic tasks. This … [Read more...] about Women as Caregivers: Less time, less money, more work.
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.