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51st

Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

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Key

Country
domain value
Regional
average

Enabling environments

Income security

Health status

Capability

19

Life expectancy at 60

How many more years can a 60-year-old expect to live

15.2

Healthy life expectancy aged 60

The average number of years a person can expect to live in good health.

95%

Pension coverage

% people over 65 receiving a pension

National policy on ageing?

pending

0.8 million people over 60

7.5

2014

9.6

2030

13.8

2050

% of population over 60

Overview

Bolivia ranks moderately on the Index, at 51 overall. It ranks highest in the capability domain (22), with the highest rate of employment of older people in its region (78.3%).

It ranks moderately in the income security domain (55), with the highest pension coverage rate in its region (95%). However, Bolivia has a high old-age poverty rate (30.3%).

It ranks lower in the health domain (59), with below regional average values across all indicators. It ranks lowest in the enabling environment domain (78), with below regional average values on three out of four indicators: social connectedness (66%- the lowest in its region), safety (34%) and satisfaction with public transport (60%). 

Age Demands Action campaigners in Bolivia lobby their government to introduce better policies for older people. The Bolivian Government is currently working to implement the General Law on the Rights of Older People (2013). This will guarantee dignity and protection in later life by establishing a council for older people.

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Rank by domain

Indicators data What does this mean?
Pension coverage: 95.0 % people over 65 receiving a pension.
Old age poverty rate: 30.3 % of people aged 60+ with an income of less than half the country's median income.
Relative welfare: 102.8 Average income/consumption of people aged 60+ as a % of average income/consumption of the rest of the population.
GDP per capita: US$ 4,399.8 This is a proxy for standard of living of people within a country. It aims to provide comparison across countries.
Indicators data What does this mean?
Life expectancy at 60: 19 The average number of years a person aged 60 can expect to live.
Healthy life expectancy at 60:15.2 The average number of years a person aged 60 can expect to live in good health.
Relative psychological/mental wellbeing:95.7 % of people over 50 who feel their life has meaning compared with people aged 35-49 who feel the same.
The indicator measures self-assessed mental well-being.
Indicators data What does this mean?
Employment of older people: 78.3 % of the population aged 55-64 that are employed.
The indicator measures older people's access to the labour market and their ability to supplement pension income with wages, and their access to work related networks. The employment rate is a proxy for the economic empowerment of older people.
Educational attainment:31.9 % of population aged 60+ with secondary or higher education.
Education is a proxy of lifetime accumulation of skills and competencies that shows social and human capital potential inherent among older people.
Indicators data What does this mean?
Social connections: 66 % of people over 50 who have relatives or friends they can count on when in trouble.
Physical safety: 34 % of people over 50 who feel safe walking alone at night in the city or area where they live.
Civic freedom: 79 % of people over 50 who are satisfied with the freedom of choice in their life.
Access to public transport: 60 % of people over 50 who are satisfied with the local public transportation systems.

Social pension

Social pensions are non-contributory cash transfers to older people, provided by government. For more information see www.pension-watch.net.

There is no social pension in Bolivia (Plurinational State of).

HelpAge Affiliates in Bolivia

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