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Calidad de vida y derecho al reconocimiento en la vejez (Quality of Life and Right to be Recognized in Old Age)

13 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2012  

Elisa Dulcey

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Date Written: January 12, 2012

Abstract

Partiendo de admitir la relatividad, complejidad y polisemia de los conceptos calidad de vida, reconocimiento y vejez, se alude a los mismos y a sus relaciones, teniendo en cuenta, como marco de referencia, el reto de construir sociedades incluyentes: para mujeres y hombres de todas las edades y condiciones. Con base en ello se considera la calidad de vida durante la totalidad del transcurso vital y específicamente en la vejez (cuando más se ha vivido), como resultado de la interacción de variables biológicas, históricas, culturales y sociales, a la vez que se destacan en ella aspectos subjetivos y objetivos, individuales y colectivos, sincrónicos y diacrónicos. En concordancia con ello, el derecho al reconocimiento implica considerar la dignidad y el valor de las personas como capaces de pronunciarse, decidir y participar en la sociedad –como aportantes y beneficiarias del desarrollo y en igualdad de condiciones-. Se concluye, aludiendo a la necesidad de tener en cuenta y asumir la heterogeneidad que implican el envejecimiento y particularmente la vejez, así como a la urgencia de superar estereotipos, prejuicios y discriminaciones.

From the standpoint of admitting the relativity, complexity and multiple meanings of the concepts quality of life, recognition and old age, this paper refers to these concepts and their relationships, taking into account, as a framework, the challenge to construct inclusive societies: for women and men of all ages and conditions. Based on this, quality of life during the entire life span, and specifically in old age (when someone has lived most) is considered as a result of the interaction of biological, historical, cultural and social variables. Besides, subjective and objective, individual and collective, synchronic and diachronic aspects are highlighted. According to that, the right to be recognized implies considering the persons' dignity and their value as human beings that are capable of pronouncing themselves, deciding and participating in society, both as contributors to and beneficiaries of development, in conditions of equality. In concluding, reference is made to the need to take into account and assume the heterogeneity that involve the aging and old age, as well as the urgency of overcoming stereotypes, prejudices and discrimination in this regard.

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Keywords: social policy, política social, quality of life, aging, old age, recognition, calidad de vida, envejecimiento, vejez, reconocimiento

Suggested Citation

Dulcey, Elisa, Calidad de vida y derecho al reconocimiento en la vejez (Quality of Life and Right to be Recognized in Old Age) (January 12, 2012). Oñati Socio-Legal Series, Vol. 1, No. 8, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1983749

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