China recently changed its one child policy to allow young couples to have two children in order to address the financial impact of taking care of one of the largest numbers of older adults in the world. At the same time, Cuba recently established diplomatic relations with the US, but young Cuban couples are afraid to have children because of dire economic conditions, while their country faces the possibility of having the largest number of older adults for a Central American/South American economy.
Are China and Cuba alone in facing the issues of changing demographics and larger numbers of older adults living longer and longer? What models of service provision could be used to help these countries that would be consistent with cultural caregiving norms in these areas of the world?
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