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El empoderamiento de adultos mayores organizados en la búsqueda de un nuevo contrato social: experiencias del banco Interamericano de Desarrollo y la Red Tiempos
Rev Panam Salud Publica/Pan Am J Public Health 17(5/6), 2005: 438-443
The low priority that is given to old age in national policies in Latin America and the Caribbean compels older adults to depend more on their own efforts, organization, and leadership role, as well as on support from their families and the community, in order to meet their basic needs. Various organizations of older adults have gained important ground and benefits in Latin America and the Caribbean. However, the duties and rights of older persons have continued to be limited due to the managerial and financing weaknesses of those organizations, the low level of participation in the organizations by older adults, and limited governmental support. The older-adult organizations should become sustainable entities that are capable of taking on a greater leadership role. The Inter-American Development Bank has funded a project presented by Red Tiempos (Times Network), its branches in Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay, and other public entities in these countries, with the objective of increasing the capacity and influence of that network and its branches. Through this project, the Times Network has created a decentralized platform that provides technical assistance and training to the participating country networks, with the aim of increasing their organizational strength, coordination with governments, and fundraising. The results that have been achieved so far show that empowering the civil society of older adults can lead to their socioeconomic and civic integration and to their increased participation in the task of facilitating the new intergenerational social contract that is required by the new stage of development and the demographic pattern that Latin America and the Caribbean are now experiencing.