O avellentamento en América Latina e no Caribe

Translated title of the contribution: The elderly in Latin America and the Caribbean

Alberto Palloni, Mary McEniry, Rebeca Wong, Martha Pelaez

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This paper focuses on elderly health profiles and examines the conjecture that elderly health status has been significantly impacted by the evolution of mortality in countries of the region. We use SABE (Survey on Health and Well-Being of Elders), a cross-sectional representative sample of over 10,000 elderly aged 60 and above in private homes fielded in seven major cities in Latin America and the Caribbean. We examine the following health outcomes: self-reported health, functional limitations-Activities of Daily Living (ADL's) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL's), obesity (ratio of weight in kilograms to the square of height in centimeters), and self reported chronic conditions (including diabetes). We examine patterns of self-reported health, self-reported chronic conditions, and disability. We also examine relations between early childhood conditions and adult health. In particular, we attempt to illustrate the idea that early childhood conditions and adult health are related. However, the relations are not strong and the evidence for it is weak at best.

Translated title of the contributionThe elderly in Latin America and the Caribbean
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)279-314
Number of pages36
JournalRevista Galega de Economia
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • ADL
  • Diabetes
  • Health
  • Health outcomes
  • IADL
  • Latin America
  • Mortality
  • Nutritional status

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Development
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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