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Brazil

CONTEXT

How Brazil adapts to aging

 
 

A significant drop in the number of births has occurred in Brazil in recent decades. The direct consequence is the increase in the proportion of adults and old people. According to an IBGE survey, from 1940 to 2015, life expectancy in Brazil increased by 30 years, from 45.5 years to 75.5 years.

With the advancement of technology and medicine, the trend is that this progression will continue. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this group, which today represents 12% of the Brazilian population, will reach 30% in 2050, from 24.4 million to 70 million people.

By 2025, Brazilan population over 60 years old  is expected to be the world's sixth largest.

Brazil is thus aging rapidly and at the same time without any real resources for social and health policies that can respond to an already aging population. A generation of entrepreneurs are creating social innovations to meet the challenges of including a new generation of seniors. In particular, they focus on reducing inequalities in this segment of the population, facilitating communication and links with people suffering from neurodegenerative diseases or helping them to reinvent their lives after 60 years.

  Carnival rehearsal in Salvador de Bahia

Carnival rehearsal in Salvador de Bahia

 

REPORTS - THose who ACT

A house for the elderly in the City of God

In the heart of the City of God, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a social entrepreneur has created "A casa de Santa Ana" a day care center for the elderly living in the favela. Little by little, the young people have also appropriated the place. People eat there, make music, and even dance baile funk.

REPORTS - THose who act

From circus to nursing homes

"In the end, what is left, when there is no more speech, no longer the body, nothing?" In Rio de Janeiro, the clowns of the Teatro do Sopro manage to communicate with elderly people suffering from who could no longer express themselves, sometimes for several years. Vulnerable, human and a little silly, the clown creates emotional bonds with the residents of nursing homes, to the point of setting them free..

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Theca's ten lives

80 years-old Theca spends her evenings in the oldest gay club in South America, teaches Gypsy dance, declaims the poems she writes and keeps changing her wig. We spent a day and a night with her in Rio de Janeiro

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The elders of the best samba school of Brazil

Every year in Rio, samba schools compete to win the carnival. We had a drink with the old musicians of Portela, the best samba school in Brazil. Called the "old guard", they are the ones who have the responsibility, over the years, to transmit the values of their school to new generations and to remind them of the origins of samba.

REports - Those who do

My 80-year-old correspondent

On the one hand, young Brazilians who want to learn English; on the other hand, old Americans, English or Canadians, who live in retirement homes and have time to offer. In São Paulo, a language school has included Skype sessions in its program where students speak English with older people living on the other side of the world. The idea is simple, but one had to think about it.

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