Aging Out in Venezuela

Venezuela’s ongoing economic and humanitarian crisis is increasingly dangerous for the country’s over-65 population.

The country has never had strong policies for elder care because it traditionally fell to younger generations. But since 2012, 15% of Venezuelans have fled the crisis, often leaving behind their older relatives.

Most elderly Venezuelans rely on government and charitable aid. But the country’s decline has meant major gaps in services with food insecurity among 95% of elderly people.

Most can’t afford health care so chronic illnesses like diabetes quickly become life-threatening.

Those who are able may flee to neighboring Colombia where conditions are only marginally better.

The New Humanitarian

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