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Chronic Disease and Ageing in the Caribbean: Opportunities Knock at the Door

Amidst rapid population ageing, the incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases and their sequelae demand reflective and critical looks at the issue and the subsequent development of informed agesensitive responses. This paper reviews the burden of chronic diseases in the Caribbean, and its relationship to ageing and the demographic transition. Inter-linkages between the social determinants of health, poverty, ageing, and chronic disease are illustrated. Suggestions are made regarding directions to be pursued and the emerging initiative regarding chronic non-communicable diseases being spearheaded at the United Nations by CARICOM countries.
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e-Published: 03 Feb, 2014
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