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Aging

Winter 2019​ | Volume XVIII, Number 2

Table of Contents

Editor’s Letter →

by June Carolyn Erlick

First Take

Pensions and Safety Nets

Domestic Workers and Retirement

Domestic Workers and Retirement

That day everyone was either crying or trying to hold back the tears. In the kitchen, Anita Tobon was crying too. Yet, Anita was crying very quietly as if her pain were insignificant or irrelevant…

Facing the Challenges

Challenges of Aging in Brazil

Challenges of Aging in Brazil

The elderly men without pensions or savings were trying to eke out a living selling water and juice in the streets of São Paulo. This recent image on Brazilian television drew attention to the…

Long-term Care in Chile

Long-term Care in Chile

Chile is experiencing a process of accelerated population aging. This sentence is heard again and again in courses, seminars and speeches. Despite this, it does not always seem clear why aging is…

LGBT Older Adults in Latin America

LGBT Older Adults in Latin America

Movements for social change take place in response to structural conditions that call out for action. The presence and nature of leadership is one factor that determines whether movements…

Focus on Central America

The Challenges of an Aging Society

The Challenges of an Aging Society

I remember vividly my trip at the beginning of the century to Morazán, the mountainous region in northern El Salvador that suffered greatly in the 12- year civil war that ended in 1992. As…

Aging in the Diaspora

Aging in the Diaspora

La Deliciosa restaurant, just outside Concepcion Quetzaltepeque, El Salvador, tempts travelers with homemade gelato and pasta, as well as pupusas, tamales and other local favorites. Rosie…

Crisis and Caregiving

Crisis and Caregiving

In December 2017, I visited Managua, Nicaragua, to give a public talk at the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) about my recently published book, Care Across Generations: Solidarity…

A Lens through Art and Literature

Rejuvenating Old Age

Rejuvenating Old Age

Contemporary Latin American cinema is rejuvenating our perceptions of aging by keenly portraying the diversity of realities and problems the elderly often face. It shows the ways we live…

Profiles

A Story of Agricultural Change

A Story of Agricultural Change

Francisca Hernández García, 92, lives in San Miguel del Valle, a town of around 3,000 inhabitants in the Central Valleys of Oaxaca, an hour east of the capital city. She is one of the few remaining…

Book Talk

Regulating Style

Regulating Style

At the Art Basel Cities exhibits in Buenos Aires a few months back, Mexican artist Pia Camil displayed her interactive artwork, “Gaby’s T-Shirt,” a striking ceiling-to-floor curtain made of 300…