The accelerated aging process affecting the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean imposes unprecedented pressures on the field of long-term care. Increased demand for care by the elderly population is occurring in a context of reductions in the informal supply of care. Governments in the region should be prepared to face the pressures to come by supporting the provision of services to alleviate social exclusion among the elderly. The Inter-American Development Bank has prepared the Panorama of Aging and Long-Term Care with the objective of informing decision-makers about the health conditions of the elderly and the present and future needs for support services and policies based on the available empirical evidence. The Panorama provides comparable indicators, publications, and references that promote the design of effective policies to mitigate the effect of population aging.
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