A few years ago, I wrote an article about the benefits of becoming a mother after the age of 40. Although pregnancy caused significant changes and discomfort, the excitement of my child’s arrival overshadowed those challenges. What I didn't expect was that, years later, I would again experience intense changes. But this time, instead of lasting nine months, they could last for … [Read more...] about Menopause: less stigma and more empathy
Which is the best country to get older in Latin America and the Caribbean?
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?
The thriving future of the silver economy
Did you know that people over 60 years old account for more than 50% of total consumer spending in several industrialized economies? This population segment is becoming a driver of employment, growth, and innovation. Its impact in Latin America and the Caribbean Though many people are aware of it, few anticipate that this very development will soon transform the economies … [Read more...] about The thriving future of the silver economy
Mental Health Services Through a Screen
The COVID-19 crisis has generated mental health problems among previously healthy people and has exacerbated those problems among people with existing conditions. This challenge is not new for Latin America and the Caribbean, where mental health disorders are one of the five main causes of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs). At the global level, the World Health … [Read more...] about Mental Health Services Through a Screen
The hidden beauty of costing health
A major policy focus in moving toward UHC (Universal Health Coverage) has been on the key policy question: what services should be made available and under what conditions? And health benefits packages (HBPs) are an answer to this question as they refer to explicitly defined services that can be feasibly financed and provided under the actual circumstances in which a given … [Read more...] about The hidden beauty of costing health