Documento “Personas Mayores y COVID 19: Un aporte de las Universidades del Estado de Chile”

Año: 2020

Autores: Mesa Temática  de Envejecimiento de la Red de Investigación CUECH

RESUMEN

Reseña: La pandemia COVID-19 ha afectado significativamente a la sociedad chilena, pero sin duda el sector de la población que se ha visto principalmente afectado, por la gravedad de los cuadros clínicos presentados y lo que implica el confinamiento, es el de las personas mayores.

Este documento es un aporte de académicas y académicos organizados en torno a la Mesa Temática de Envejecimiento de la Red de Investigación CUECH, a la discusión de lo que ha significado la pandemia para las personas mayores, y desde lo interdisciplinario e interinstitucional, pretende apostar conocimientos para la toma de decisiones en la importante etapa que continuará una vez superada la pandemia.

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Documento Marco Red Transdisciplinaria sobre Envejecimiento

Red Transdisciplinaria sobre Envejecimiento
Año: 2014

RESUMEN

El envejecimiento se nos presenta como un proceso complejo, no sólo a nivel individual, sino también histórico-social. Los cambios que trae consigo la modernidad inciden, necesariamente, en la vida de cada individuo y en sus relaciones con el entorno físico, laboral, social, cotidiano, familiar e institucional, ante los cuales la Universidad no puede permanecer indiferente.

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Global Aging Research Network

Año: 2014

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Informe a la VID sobre el  5th International Symposium “The Role of Research Universities in addressing Global Challenges”, October 16-19, 2014 Washington University in St. Louis. 
En este simposio, organizado por la McDonnell International Scholars Academy, se presentaron investigaciones en curso sobre temas seleccionados y se analizó cómo las universidades de investigación pueden promover las colaboraciones interdisciplinarias requeridas para abordar los complejos desafíos globales en envejecimiento poblacional, recursos hídricos y alimentos, energía y medio ambiente y salud pública.
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Building an interdisciplinary research network to address the aging challenge in Chile

Año: 2014

RESUMEN

Poster preparado por miembros de la Red y presentado en el 5th International Symposium organizado por la McDonnell International Scholars Academy, October 16-19, 2014 Washington University in St. Louis.

Advances in biomedical sciences and general improvement of living conditions have promoted a rapid increase of life expectancy in Chile in recent decades. However, the structure of our society and its institutions, policies and services are not adequate to address the enormous challenge represented by the accelerated aging of the population. In addition, large inequalities in income and pensions have had severe impacts on the elderly. in this context, the rapid advances in the biology of aging and the promise of potential benefits to the elderly are not sufficient to address this challenge.

To contribute to this national task, the University of Chile has organized an interdisciplinary research network of investigators and specialists from biomedical, medical and social sciences. This integrated institutional platform will address the existing knowledge gaps on the aging process in Chile, improve collaboration with government services and professionals to better inform policy and will promote international scientific collaboration. One of the main objectives at the clinical level is the implementation of early diagnosis of high quality to prevent onset of frailty. The initiative includes University-wide programs on undergraduate teaching, new training programs for health professionals, management innovation strategies for health networks.

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Informe a la VID sobre el  6th International Symposium “The Role of Research Universities in addressing Global Challenges”, University of Queensland, Brisbane, September 22-25, 2016

Benjamín Suárez

Año: 2016

RESUMEN

Advances in biomedical sciences, low birth rates and general improvement of living conditions, have promoted a rapid increase in life expectancy in Chile in recent decade.
However, the structure of the Chilean society and its institutions, policies and services are inadequate to address the enormous challenge represented by the accelerated aging of the population.
In addition, large inequalities in income and pensions, as well as access to quality health services have had negative impacts on the elderly, especially in rural areas.
Pensions were privatized in 1981 during the authoritarian regime (1973-1999). A mandatory 10% contribution from income was imposed with no contribution from employees. Currently, funds are managed by 6 insurance companies with high fees (AFPs) with total accumulated assets in excess of U$170 bm. This system was exported to 30 countries. After 35 years later excessive charges low wages and unemployment periods depleted the individual pension sfunds, resulting in a replacement rate < 35%. In 2016 the average monthly payment was of US$315, less than the monthly mínimum wage of U$384.
In this context, the rapid advances in the biology of aging and the promise of potential benefits to the elderly are not sufficient to face this challenge alone. As the social context changed, biological and medical research need to consider the social and economic implications of accelerated aging at several levels of complexity. This demands an urgent integrated response from researchers, specialists and policymakers.
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