Center for the Elderly

What if we could happily grow old?

Due to its for-profit orientation and policies of budget cuts, the conditions of elder care tend to be bad both for the care workers and for elderly people themselves. There are no comprehensive public policies for care of the elderly, meaning that families have to take to resolve this issue through the market at the expense of their own time and effort. This can lead to poor care, bad living conditions, unhappiness, illness, and even avoidable deaths for the elderly. The people who need care and their family members – usually women – are left alone with the responsibility. It is often migrant women who fill those gaps as caregivers, although frequently in extremely precarious conditions without any labor rights.

Therefore, accompaniment for the elderly must be included as part of freely accessible public policies. Only in that way will it be possible to create good quality care, as well as attractive and adequately remunerated jobs. Care for the elderly is tied to the future of our society, to the question of how we want to live and how we want to grow old.