The programme brief description
Recent assessments have shown that Chile’s population is rapidly ageing, with the number of people over 60 on track to account for over a third of the population by 2050. There have been major steps taken to improve the social protection systems in place for the elderly, however the need to strengthen social connections is a dimension of ageing that has been underexplored in public policy design. The general objective of this project is thus to increase social inclusion and protections for the elderly, through strengthening community networks and improving access to the various programmes, services and social benefits available to them. Social protection programmes have so far focused on material, physical and emotional aspects of well-being. However, less emphasis has been placed on the role that interpersonal relations, social connections and community participation play in the integral well-being of the elderly. This Joint Programme aims at filling that gap, adding community and social networks to programming for this group. It is expected that adding the community aspect will contribute to a more robust social protection system, that will positively impact both the elderly’s actual well-being and their perception of their quality of life.
The strategy is to incorporate a community component into social programmes; that is, integrating the idea that support networks around the elderly are critical to an effective social protection system. Ultimately, it is expected that this approach will become integrated in future policy making and government programming.
Women, youth, persons with disabilities, older persons, senior caregivers.
- 35.3% of elderly people have felt lonely, 50% feel excluded from others and 44% prefer to stay at home instead of going out to do new things.
- 25% of adults and the elderly in Chile say they have no support networks available in the event of the unexpected happening. Among the elderly that do not have support networks, 57% are women.
- This project puts focus on social inclusion of elderly people from different geographical backgrounds and helps them become a protagonist in his/her own welfare.
- Rural areas in Chile have a high illiteracy rate of 18.8%, compared to just 6.4% in urban areas.
- Statistics show that 25% of adults and the elderly in Chile say they have no support networks available in the event of the unexpected happening.