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Aging in Costa Rica

Over the past 70 years, Costa Rica has emerged as a regional leader, investing on a wide scale in its citizens’ health and welfare and proactively serving the needs of its older population. The country is currently undergoing an accelerated aging process. With the highest life expectancy in Latin America, Costa Rica has a rapidly growing 65-and-over population that is set to triple by 2050. A universal healthcare system, ranked number one in Latin America, contributes to longevity and overall enhanced quality of life. The national government has developed policies to support the rights of older people through the National Council for Older Adults (CONAPAM), which provides a variety of social care networks and community programs. A small population size and progressive approach to social support have made Costa Rica a testing ground for innovative aging solutions, and despite challenges like a regressive tax system and growing inequality, the country continues to expand and adapt its policies to support the changing demographics.

Articles

The Aging Population in Costa Rica and the Importance of Lifelong Learning

Expert Perspective

The Aging Population in Costa Rica and the Importance of Lifelong Learning

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Feature Story

The Nicoya Peninsula blue zone offers up secrets to extraordinary longevity

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Day In The Life

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Demographic Profile

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