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November 2002: Our Older Puerto Ricans – Part II

On the economic and social implications of an older population

As in other parts of the world, Puerto Rico’s population is growing older. Dramatic structural changes in population pose a big challenge to the public sector and overall society.  Social security programs, health services, public finances: the effects of these changes will touch every component of our society. In this issue, we focus on the evolution of the older segment of population, people aged over 65. We briefly portray our elderly people and analyze the implications of having an older population. Find out whether gender has an impact on this group; how wealthy or poor they are; who bears the burden of an aging population. Will PR be able to meet some of the challenges lying ahead.