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Ageing in the Caribbean and the human rights of older persons: Twin imperatives for action

2016-01-28T13:34:08Z

LC/CAR/L.481
LC/L.4130

Abstract .-- Introduction .-- I. Population ageing in the Caribbean .-- II. The human rights of older persons in international law .-- III. Ensuring economic security for older persons .-- IV. Health service provision for an ageing population .-- V. Enabling and supportive environments for older persons .-- VI. Conclusions.

This study addresses the ageing of the Caribbean population and the situation with respect to the human rights of older persons. It considers the implications for public policy of these ‘twin imperatives for action’. The first chapter describes and explains the changing age structure of the Caribbean population. Important features of the ageing dynamic, such as differential regional and national trends and the growing number of ‘older old’ persons, are also analysed. The study then describes the progress that has been made in advancing and clarifying the human rights of older persons in international law. The core of the study then consists of an assessment of the current situation of older persons in the Caribbean and the extent to which their human rights are realised in practice. The thematic areas of economic security, health, and enabling environments – which roughly correspond to the three priority areas of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing – are each addressed in individual chapters. These chapters evaluate national policies and programmes for older persons and make public policy recommendations intended to protect and fulfil the human rights of older persons. The report concludes by summarising the priorities for future action both through the establishment of new international human rights instruments as well as national policies and programmes.

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