Nowadays, people are living longer.
Today in the Region of the Americas, someone who is 60 can expect to live another 21 years; 81% of people born in the Americas will live to the age of 60, and 42% will live past 80.
In June 2015, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) adopted the Inter-American Convention on Protecting the Human Rights of Older Persons. Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica and Uruguay were the first Member States to sign the Convention. Currently, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica and Uruguay have ratified the Convention.
This is the first binding Convention on the rights of older persons that enters into force in the world.
PAHO continues promoting the Convention by sharing information and good practices on active and healthy aging and developing strategies focused on improving health services in order to meet the needs of older persons. PAHO is also working with countries to deal with the new challenges that older populations face, especially so they are able to fully excersise their human rights.