Ageing and Elderly Care in the Arab Region: Policy Challenges and Opportunities

Ageing and Elderly Care in the Arab Region: Policy Challenges and Opportunities Populations are expected to age rapidly in the Arab countries during the coming few decades. However, the current evidence base indicates that many countries in the region are not paying attention to this demographic phenomenon. This is a particular concern as longevity is often accompanied by many years of ill health and disability and most of the countries in the region continue to rely on the family as the primary source of elder care. While the family, and particularly women, are expected to provide increasing support for longer, they are faced by a set of socio-demographic changes that may hinder their ability to provide such care. This paper focuses on the ageing demographics in the Arab region and reflects on the multiple-roles for women by utilising quantitative analysis of international population and socio-economic indicators as well as reviewing the background literature and current ageing policies in the region. The paper then discusses possible strategies to address increasing long-term care needs through a social capital lens, where support to informal carers particularly women is emphasised. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ageing International Springer Journals

Ageing and Elderly Care in the Arab Region: Policy Challenges and Opportunities

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2016 by The Author(s)
Subject
Social Sciences; Social Sciences, general; Aging
ISSN
0163-5158
eISSN
1936-606X
D.O.I.
10.1007/s12126-016-9244-8
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Abstract

Populations are expected to age rapidly in the Arab countries during the coming few decades. However, the current evidence base indicates that many countries in the region are not paying attention to this demographic phenomenon. This is a particular concern as longevity is often accompanied by many years of ill health and disability and most of the countries in the region continue to rely on the family as the primary source of elder care. While the family, and particularly women, are expected to provide increasing support for longer, they are faced by a set of socio-demographic changes that may hinder their ability to provide such care. This paper focuses on the ageing demographics in the Arab region and reflects on the multiple-roles for women by utilising quantitative analysis of international population and socio-economic indicators as well as reviewing the background literature and current ageing policies in the region. The paper then discusses possible strategies to address increasing long-term care needs through a social capital lens, where support to informal carers particularly women is emphasised.

Journal

Ageing InternationalSpringer Journals

Published: Apr 6, 2016

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