University for Older Adults

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University for Older Adults


Byline: Gemma Cruz Araneta

One of the countries with a "golden" population is Cuba which, by 2025, will probably have the greatest proportion of elderly people in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Cuba's demographic transition - 16.2 percent of its 11.2 million people are over 60 - has become a pressing issue and that proportion is expected to climb to twenty-five percent as the fertility rate continues to fall.

Because women have reached higher educational levels and have had access to effective reproductive health services, the population replacement rate of two live births per woman has not been achieved since 1978. To prepare Cubans for the "twilight years," the University of Older Adults was established with nine hundred branches all over that Caribbean island nation.

The University for older adults is sponsored by the Cuban Workers' Confederation (CTC), to which all the country's trade unions are affiliated; the Higher Education Ministry, particularly the University of Havana Faculty of Psychology; and the Cuban Pedagogical College which has ties with the Ministry of Education. …

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