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There Will Be More Older Adults with Functional Dependence in Latin America and The Caribbean. How To Be Prepared?

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February 25th, 2020 - 12:00 PM


Latin America and the Caribbean




Washington, DC
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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.

This webinar is also available in English.


This webinar is based on the IDB Social Protection and Health Division flagship publication "Age with Care: Dependency Care in Latin America and the Caribbean" available here


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


Lead Specialist - Social Protection and Health Division
Interamerican Development Bank
Pablo Ibarrarán is a Social Protection Economist at the IDB. He joined the Social Protection and Health Division in March 2012 after working for three years in the Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness and for four years in the Office of Evaluation and Oversight. He has designed and coordinated evaluations on topics relating to social protection and labor markets, and has advised project teams on evaluations of health, citizen safety and urban development projects. His work has been published in the Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Development Effectiveness, and Journal of International Trade & Economic Development. A Mexican national, Pablo worked at the Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público in his country after obtaining his degree in economics from the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in 1998. In 2004, he earned his Doctorate in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and since 2009, he has been an Associate Researcher at the Institute of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany.
Social Protection and Health Consultant
Interamerican Development Bank
Maria Laura Oliveri is a consultant in the IDB's Social Protection and Health Division. She joined the IDB in 2013 to work for the Labor Markets and Social Security Division. She previously worked at the World Bank's Latin America and the Caribbean Human Development Department and Poverty and Equity Global Practice. She has undertaken consultancies for the International Labour Organization and the Argentinean Ministries of Economy and Health. She has experience in labor market and social protection and poverty topics in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. An Argentine national, María Laura holds a BA in Economics from Universidad de Buenos Aires and a MA from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata.

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