The Inter-American Development Bank, French Development Agency, European Union through its EUROsociAL+ programme, and Central American Social Integration Secretariat are organizing two webinars in the Panorama of Aging and Long-term Care on the steps that are being taken in Latin America and the Caribbean and in Europe to ensure the right to care for dependent elderly persons. In the current situation, with the COVID-19 virus spreading worldwide, long-term care services for dependent persons warrant special attention.
Persons who are functionally dependent constitute the group that is most vulnerable to the pandemic, and in many nursing homes and day centers for the elderly have become the nucleus for spread of the disease, affecting both those who live in or use the facilities as well as those who work there. In addition, in the current situation, caring for older and disabled adults in these facilities is an even more essential service because it eases the burden on the health system that is at its saturation point due to the emergency. At the same time care-givers, mostly women, are in the first line of this emergency. To counter the pandemic, it is important to continue supporting this group of people, both by providing health care and by helping them with their physical and emotional well-being.
The webinar, entitled "Mitigation of COVID-19 pandemic in nursing homes and day centers", will be held on April 30, 2020 at 10:00 am EST (Washington, DC time) . Lourdes Bermejo, Vice President of the Spanish Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology will share the European experience. The Vice Minister for Vulnerable Populations in Peru, Cecilia Esther Aldave Ruiz, will present the steps being taken in that country to reduce the risk of contagion in long-term and daily care facilities. The discussion will be enriched as well by the participation of institutional representatives from the sector in other countries of Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe.
The webinar will have simultaneous translation into English.
Vice President of GerontologySociety of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Spain
Lourdes Bermejo is a Dr. In educational sciences, an expert in social gerontology and integral social intervention. With more than 30 years of experience, including the management of centers, services and research. For the last 20 she has been working for public and private entities as an independent consultant on issues of active aging, gerontological and social policy; care for people in situations of dependency and / or disability. She is an organizational coach for change management in long-term institutions and in long-term care centers. As an educator, she is an expert in educational methodologies and the author of numerous publications and audiovisual material for the training of professionals and social awareness. Currently the Vice President of Gerontology is the Spanish Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology.
Vice Minister of Vulnerable PopulationsMinistry of Women and Vulnerable Populations, Peru
Cecilia Aldave Ruiz has a bachelor's degree in law and a law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. She has a Master's in Criminology from the "Université Catholique de Louvain" in Belgium, with experience in the public sector. He specializes in governance, social inclusion (social offense), gender, social development, public management, and decentralization.