Older persons have vulnerabilities related to gender, family dynamics, financial and digital literacy, access to labor markets and long-term care. Policymakers should support the region’s growing elderly population to achieve healthier and more productive lives.
Lilibeth’s research interests cover education, health, and the social sectors. Prior to joining ADB, she worked at the Philippine legislative branch of government preparing position papers and policy briefs. She taught undergraduate economics at the Ateneo de Naga University.
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While the pandemic has affected the entire population, it has had a disproportionate impact on the older generation that built this region’s prosperity. We owe it to older persons to pursue policies that help them to make it through the crisis healthy and happy.