Latin American Countries are Moving Forward in Elderly Welfare

Geneva, Oct 2 (Prensa Latina) Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay are the Latin American countries that have made the most progress in the welfare of their elderly population, according to a report published by the organization HelpAge International. The report also mentions Bolivia, which has a National Plan on Aging, free healthcare services for the elderly and a non-contributory universal pension called Renta Dignidad.

Meanwhile, Honduras, Guatemala and Paraguay are among the countries with the worst conditions for elderly people.

The “Global Monitoring Index Aging” is the first study that ranks nations according to the social and economic welfare of their elderly, with data from international organizations such as the World Bank, the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Labour Organization and UNICEF.

The study was conducted in 91 nations and analyzed pensions, transport, employment, community spirit and health services for people over 60 years, and it has become a tool for encouraging countries to face the challenges of their aging populations.

“Thanks to improved diets, better sanitation, medical advances and greater prosperity, the worldÂ�s population is living longer,” said Silvia Stefanoni, acting president of HelpAge International.

“We are making such progress that by 2050 the over-60 population will exceed the under-15 generation,” she added.

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