Ageing in Latin America and the Caribbean: inclusion and rights of older persons

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Ageing in Latin America and the Caribbean: inclusion and rights of older persons


In Latin America and the Caribbean, population ageing —a demographic phenomenon that is characterized by an increase in the proportion of older persons and the lengthening of the life cycle— presents both opportunities and challenges for public policy. This document presents the report of Latin America and the Caribbean for the fourth review and appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002. The report analyses the current situation of ageing in the region and the protection of the human rights of older persons, highlighting the institutional progress made. It examines the interlinkages between older persons and development, with a focus on social protection, labour market participation and the promotion of health and well-being in old age. The report also assesses progress in creating age-friendly physical, social and cultural environments, promoting a cultural change and preventing discrimination and violence against older persons. Lastly, it addresses the care of older persons, including long-term and palliative care, with a view to promoting comprehensive care systems that ensure co-responsibility between the State and society and between women and men.

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Foreword .-- Introduction .-- Chapter I. Overview of ageing and demographic trends in Latin America and the Caribbean .-- Chapter II. Public institutional framework for older persons from the human rights perspective .-- Chapter III. Older persons and development .-- Chapter IV. Promoting health and well-being in old age .-- Chapter V. Creation of enabling and supportive environments in ageing .-- Chapter VI. Older persons’ right to care.