Chronic disease and ageing in the Caribbean: opportunities knock at the door

West Indian Med J. 2011 Jul;60(4):471-7.


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 age-sensitive 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

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Caribbean Region / epidemiology
  • Chronic Disease / epidemiology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / epidemiology
  • Global Health
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Life Expectancy
  • Overweight / epidemiology
  • Population Dynamics*
  • Poverty