The way elderly live in any country is a measure of the care society has for each other as a whole. We discovered that the value that is put on experience and contributions elderly have and still are making to society, is very different.
In countries like the Netherlands they are called weak and should be taken care of and kept out of society. In countries like Cambodia and Bolivia. They play an important role in society and are still of value for their families and places where they live.
Where old age is perceived as a burden, the care system is organized in such a way that elderly are no longer part of society. In other countries, elderly are still actively in involved in social, economic and political life.
To change the care system is closely connected to changing the position of elderly.