The ability to ‘age in place’ is dependent on a range of inter-personal, social and built environment attributes, with the latter being a key area for potential intervention. There is an emerging body of evidence that indicates the type of built environment features that may best support age friendly communities.
Brazil’s rapid development has led to profound social and economic stresses. It is one of the world’s most unequal countries; the poorest 20% share just 2% of the nation’s income. A third of the population lives in extreme poverty, unemployment is high and a quarter of all jobs are in the informal sector.
The challenges of caring for older people are growing as we live longer. By 2050 an estimated 83.7 million people in the US will be over 65.
The aging of the population represents a challenge to governments around the world, which are faced with the task of designing and implementing national strategies for elderly care, including improving primary health care through home health care systems and social networks.
Brazil’s rapid development has led to profound social and economic stresses. Ten million people are aged 65 and over in Brazil, comprising 6% of the population. Recent governments have sought to improve the lot of older people through progressive non-contributory pension schemes covering both rural and urban populations.