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Sophia Austral

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Abstract

ORTEGA GONZALEZ, Diosnara. Aging and treatment to the elderly in Chile: A Path of persistent inequality. Sophia Austral [online]. 2018, n.22, pp.223-246. ISSN 0719-5605.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0719-56052018000200223.

Aging in Chile is crossed by multiple inequalities, which are enhanced under the condition of being an adult. Old age itself refers to a production of categorical inequality expressed, among other forms, in the treatment that older people receive from other actors and institutions. The article delves into the production routes of persistent inequality specifically in groups of older adults. The results presented are based on the Survey on the Perception of Treatment of Older Adults carried out in the communities of Recoleta and Las Condes with a sample of 198 older adults during 2017. They make it possible to demonstrate the presence of different expressions of abuse towards these older adults, fundamentally of a psychological nature, where the condition of gender and old age together with others such as living with family members, the socioeconomic and educational level amplify the reproduction of persistent inequalities and associated practices.

Keywords : Aging; Chile; persistent inequality; older adults; abuse.

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