233903 Social Justice and Aging

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Cheryl E. Easley, PhD, RN , College of Health & Social Welfare, University of Alaska, Anchorage, Anchorage, AK
In the coming decades we will experience worldwide the greatest proportion of older persons in history. Comprehensive health and social services for the care of this population of elders are not in place on most areas, and the stress that this demand will place on strained national resources will be massive. This situation will be intensified by other trends, including overall globalization, economic shifts, and changes in the structure, residence, and function of families. This paper will explore the potential challenges to the human rights of, and social justice for, aging persons and groups in the coming decades. Examples of efforts around the world to address these problems, including work on the development of international human rights statements will be discussed.

Learning Areas:
Public health biology

Learning Objectives:
To describe the interaction of the aging of the world population with other significant social and economic trends, especially as they are relevant to social justice and health. To discuss challenges to the human rights and social justice of aging persons as the global population ages. To explore worldwide efforts to protect the rights of elders and ensure social justice for them and their families.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have spoken and written on the general field of human rights and health and for the past several decades. I administer several programs in my college on aging and have written and spoken internationally on issues of aging.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.