Mr Gustavo holds his head at the nursing home Madre Teresa de Calcuta in Mamera, Caracas 12, 2018.
This week, @ is sharing his report "While we are here," which looks at the impact 's economic collapse has had on the population in
Venezuelan seniors have become not only one of the poorest demographics, but also the most vulnerable as the country's instability continues to grow. The exodus of youth looking for a better quality of life is transforming Venezuela’s population into an elderly majority. According to the Venezuelan Institute for Social Security and the law, a person could be considered part of the elderly population after 55, in the case of women, and 60 in the case of men.
This ongoing project documents the life inside the home . It is an old and refurbished-country house located in the mountains of , in West Caracas. The place was donated by an old farmer to a Catholic organization to accommodate around 164 guests, but it now hosts just 83 residents: 22 women and 61 men. Scarce food, adult pampers, surgical gloves, canes, wheelchairs, crutches, clothes, cleaning products, and light bulbs, among others, comprise the main needs of the house.
Doctors and nurses are part of the exodus and there are few professionals to treat them. Besides, medicine to control chronic diseases such as , , , , , ’s disease, among others, is also scarce. The center survives thanks to donations from private companies, restaurants and NGO’s. However, they are not enough to cover all the necessities. The residents who are physically able to be volunteers are in charge of the maintenance, kitchen, security, and management. As they help each other and look for refugee in faith, there are those whose pain lies in remembering what has been taken from them, yearning for the happier days or just wait for better ones.
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