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Rev Med Inst Mex Seguro Soc. 2018;56(Suppl 1):S102-S109.

Geriatric intervention: Strategy to enhance the social roles of the elderly

[Article in Spanish; Abstract available in Spanish from the publisher]

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Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Facultad de Estudios Superiores Zaragoza, Unidad de Investigación en Gerontología. Ciudad de México, México


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At the global level, population aging is an issue that is becoming increasingly important due to the great impact it will have on the 21st century society. It is essential to develop policies, strategies and actions aimed at addressing the issues that will arise from the rapid increase in this segment of population. The aim of this paper is to propose the geriatric intervention as a strategy for the development of the older people in their community. We expose the epistemological frame, the theoretical and methodological support and the need to find a language to incorporate the older adult actively to society, in a condition of total equality. The moments of the situation analysis for strategic planning (explanatory, normative, strategic, tactical and operational) are explained. The model has been implemented in Chile and inspired the community development centers (CDC). It has been implemented as well in community interventions of social work. Working from this perspective implies to overcome the approaches that visualize older adults only as sick or disabled people, to assume the dynamics of life that these people experience in their communitarian spaces, as well as the possibility to continue with their development, to exercise citizenship, to demand respect for their rights and enhance their social roles.


Geriatrics; Stategic Planning; Human Development; Community Participation

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