Academic journal article Hemisphere

From the Editor

Academic journal article Hemisphere

From the Editor

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This issue of Hemisphere looks at a growing demographic and social problem in Latin America: aging populations and the shortage of services to meet their needs. The feature articles in this issue address different aspects of the problem.

As health indicators and medical care in the region have improved, more Latin Americans are living to reach old age. As Maria Esther Lozano points out in her report on a pneumonia vaccination campaign in Mexico, lifestyle and demographic changes are bringing Latin America closer to the developed world in terms of chronic disease rates. Ailments typical of old age and sedentary lifestyles, such as diabetes and heart failure, are becoming more of a threat than the epidemic infectious diseases that limit longevity in developing countries. The region's medical infrastructure is racing to meet the health needs of the elderly.

Improved medical treatment and longevity also take their toll on social services. Elderly people who survive illnesses but can no longer care for themselves create challenges for their families and other caregivers. Ursula Karsch's article on long-term care arrangements in Brazil describes how families cope when changing work patterns and economic circumstances make it difficult to maintain traditional extended family care networks.

The burden on families sometimes takes tragic expression in violence toward the elderly. Max Rothman and Burton Dunlop share their research on elder abuse in Miami and the need to raise community awareness of the problem here and elsewhere.

The decades of neoliberal reform in Latin America have also changed the way pension and retirement systems work. Carmelo Mesa-Lago reviews the different pension models adapted across the region and their implications for consumers and national economies. …

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