There will be more older adults with functional dependence in LAC. How to be prepared?

Latin America and the Caribbean is the fastest aging region in the world. This creates opportunities to improve the quality of life of older adults, create new jobs, promote gender equity and reduce health costs, among others. At the same time, it poses important challenges. One of them is the growth in the number of people with functional dependence, which could more than triple by 2050, exceeding 27 million. This increase, together with the decrease in the availability of informal care due to the decrease in the size of families and to the larger labor participation of women, pressures the countries of the region towards the search of solutions for long-term care. In this context, some countries in the region have begun - little by little - to implement national dependency care systems or, at least, to include the issue in the policy agenda. However, much remains to be done. In this Webinar we present the challenges facing the region to meet the growing demand for long-term care, and we offer concrete recommendations for the design and implementation of such systems.


Nadin Medellín, Social Protection and Health Consultant Interamerican Development Bank

Marco Stampini, Lead Specialist - Social Protection and Health Division Interamerican Development Bank


Pablo Ibarrarán, Lead Specialist - Social Protection and Health Division, Interamerican Development Bank


This webinar is also available in Spanish.