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?
Every 3 seconds, someone in the world develops dementia. Most of these individuals reside in low- and middle-income countries. Latin America is likely to be significantly impacted by the global increase in the number of people affected by dementia. By 2050, it is expected to rise from more than 7.8 million people in 2013 to over 27 million. Brazil has … [Read more...] about Stigma and Discrimination among People Living with Dementia
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia in persons over the age of 65, but not the only one. Most people over the age of 80 have more than one cause for their dementia such as cardiovascular issues, small strokes and Parkinson’s Disease. It is also important to highlight that cognitive decline cannot be explained as being associated with another … [Read more...] about The Journey Through the Diagnosis of Dementia
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
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.