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Burden of Disease in Elderly Mexican Population

  • B. Rico-Verdín
  • G. Rodriguez-Abrego
  • I. Villaseñor-Ruiz
  • J. L. Torres-Cosme
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Abstract:

We live in an aging society in which at birth people can expect to live into their 70s or 80s, compared to 40s in the beginning of the twentieth century. People are living longer and they are living more of their years in good health; however, the fast growth of the elderly population worldwide is creating an unprecedented global demographic revolution. At present, the magnitude of aging in the world shows that developed countries have aged gradually throughout the whole century; whereas developing countries will age in less than 30 years.

Mexico, as well as other Latino American countries, has a noticeable tendency to aging. In an intermediate development society with a young population structure, there is an underlying presence of a highly heterogeneous demographic and epidemiological process, in addition to a lengthier population  life expectancy, which poses enormous challenges. Rather than demographic progress, it constitutes a challenge for current population policies, social planning and development of governmental programmes, since demands of the populations exceed the capacity of the productive system.

Mexico is not yet facing a health crisis related to demographic aging. We are just at the right time to develop health care and prevention policies and programmes based on the research and experiences of developed countries. On the other hand, effective national and local social and economic population interventions are needed. In a the short time, we will have to provide good answers towards the improvement of the pension system and promote joint citizen participation and governmental networks to keep the elderly integrated and active in our society.

Keywords

Pension System Healthy Aging Successful Aging Dependency Ratio Caribbean Country 
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List of Abbreviations:

CONAPO

National Council of Population

CONAPO

Consejo Nacional de Población

ECLAC

Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

ENSA

National Health Survey

IMSS

Mexican Institute of Social Security

IMSS

Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social

INEGI

National Institute of Statistics, Geography and Informatics

INEGI

Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografia e Informática

ISSSTE

Institute of Services of Social Security to Civil Servants

ISSSTE

Instituto de Servicios de Seguridad Social de los Trabajadores del Estado

PAHO

Pan American Health Organization

SSA

Ministry of Health of Mexico

SSA

Secretaria de Salud

SABE

Survey on Health, Welfare and Ageing

SABE

Encuesta sobre Salud, Bienestar y Envejecimiento

NBD

National Burden of Disease

DALY

Disability-adjusted life years

DFLE

 Disability free life expectancy

LED

 Life expectancy with disability

LE

life expectancy

YLL

years of life lost due to mortality

YLD

years lived with disability

WHO

World Health Organization

UN

United Nations

MLSP

Maximum lifespan potential

DALY

List of Abbreviations of Tables and Figures: disability-adjusted life years

DFLE

disability-free life expectancy

LED

life expectancy with disability

LE

life expectancy

YLL

years of life lost due to mortality

YLD

years lived with disability

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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Rico-Verdín
  • G. Rodriguez-Abrego
  • I. Villaseñor-Ruiz
  • J. L. Torres-Cosme

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