Text: Everyday Brasil
Photos: Ale Ruaro
In the current scenario, where the world is facing a coronavirus pandemic, the population over 60 has became a subject of concern, as they are more vulnerable due to a decrease in the capacity of the immune system.
Rio Grande do Sul is the Brazilian state with the highest proportion of elderly population, where the photographer Ale Ruaro, portrayed, between the years 2008 and 2011, residents of this age group in the cities of Antônio Prado, Caxias do Sul, Santa Maria, São Francisco de Paula, São Lourenço do Sul, Pelotas, Santiago and Uruguaiana.
Reflecting on this part of the population and the critical moment we are going through, these beautiful portraits acquire a new look and meaning.
* In 2018 the total population of people from Rio Grande do Sul state was estimated at 11.3 million. Those considered elderly are almost 2 million, with more than half of them in the 60 to 69 age group.
The state leads the aging ranking, proportionally, followed by Rio de Janeiro (16.3%), Minas Gerais (15.2%), São Paulo (14.8%) and Paraná (14.5%).
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