This description of María Pilar de Abiega Sauto's work was prepared when María Pilar de Abiega Sauto was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
María Pilar de Abiego Sauto has developed a participatory, peer- and community-based model of senior living that gives elderly Mexicans an alternative to living in a traditional nursing home. As a member of various advisory bodies and senior citizen networks, she advocates her model as a tool to secure senior citizens’ rights to an active and fulfilling life at a time when they are more likely to be abandoned.
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