Aging in Developing Countries: The Case of Guatemala


Presenter: Margaret A. Perkinson, PhD, Associate Professor, Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, SLU

Summary: After providing a brief overview of demographic trends in developing countries, this presentation will focus on Guatemala, describing the impact of cultural context, historical events, and available resources on the experience of aging for both Latino and indigenous groups. Current participatory action/community-engaged research on aging in Guatemala will be featured.

Biographical sketch: Dr. Perkinson is a medical anthropologist who has conducted gerontological research for over 30 years. She is one of the founding faculty members of the NAPA-OT Field School in Antigua, Guatemala and is the director of its gerontology component. She has conducted research in Guatemala for the past 4 years, and her current work is funded by the President's Research Fund. She serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, chair of the Global Aging Committee of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and elected member of the American Anthropological Association's Committee for Human Rights.
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