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LN – To what extent older people feel valued

Feeling valuable is something important for every person. In Argentine society, are the valuation criteria maintained or modified when dealing with the elderly? Very difficult to answer, but it contributes to the question to listen to the extent to which older people feel valued, recognized, esteemed or appreciated by society.

In the Barometer of Social Debt with the Elderly, there are results that illustrate whether a senior feels that society values ​​four aspects: his / her word or opinion; your knowledge; your work experience, and the care you can give your spouse, family or environment. 53.9% of the elderly feel that they are valued in the four dimensions; In contrast, 46.1% feel that society does not value them or value them in a few of the aforementioned issues. Specifically, almost one in three majors (28.5%) feels that society does not value it in any of these issues.

The interesting thing is that these results do not differ significantly from those found in the population between 18 and 59 years. What underlies is that in today's Argentina there is almost a third of its population that beyond their age feels devalued by society.

These general results recognize that older age does not disqualify for social assessment, and this is good news. On the other hand, there are gender gaps: older women feel less valued in everything than older men. In terms of type of home, those who feel most valued are those who live exclusively with another older person. Those who live alone feel more valued than those who live with sub 60 (mixed multipersonal homes, such as the elderly living with their daughter-in-law and grandchildren).

Regarding the educational level, the elderly who had more educational opportunities (full secondary and more) feel more valued than the rest who are the majority. While 80% of seniors of the medium high level feel valued in everything, this happens to 38% of the very low level. The difference is very important and is one of the keys to understanding the social devaluation. In spite of everything, there is a 37% that reside in shanty towns or settlements that feel valued in everything.

Sociologist, coordinator of the Barometer of Social Debt with the Elderly (UCA-Fundación Navarro Viola)

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Publicado en el diario La Nación