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Healthy Ageing

Ageing in the Arab countries 

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This page was initiated with support from UNFPA/ASRO and received additional support from Aging in Eastern Mediterranean countries (EMage).


Over the next 30 years, the population in the Arab countries is expected to experience a rapid aging process. According to the United Nations projections, while currently only 7 percent of the population in the Arab region are aged 60 years and older, within the next 30 years, this segment of the population with increase with an annual growth rate of 3.8 percent, a growth rate that exceeds twice the growth rate of the total population (1.4 percent).

This growth rate is projected to increase the share of the older persons in the total population of the Arab countries to 15 percent with 101 million persons in this age group. This rapid growth of the older population is also taking place alongside significant social and economic changes as well as high levels of political challenges in our societies which put substantial pressure on both the societies as well as the families to fully and effectively cater to the needs of their older persons. Furthermore, there is no doubt that Covid-19 has particularly resulted in the harshest impact on different dimensions of older persons’ wellbeing and magnified the level of inequalities among the different social groups of the older population.  

The current page aims to support efforts to achieve equitable healthy aging in Arab countries. According to World Health Organization healthy aging is defined as “the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables wellbeing in older age.” This section focuses on strategies and policies that address inequities in healthy aging in the Arab region.

 

Healthy Ageing Reports and Actions 

Regional Strategies, Policies, Reports and Actions

Healthy Ageing Regional Initiative

Sharing Knowledge and Discussions

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Events and Announcements

Resources for Researchers

 

Healthy Ageing Reports and Actions 

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Global report on ageism - Executive Summary

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Decade of healthy ageing: baseline report - summary

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Healthy Ageing in the Western Pacific

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WHO Clinical Consortium on Healthy Ageing 2019

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Age-friendly Cities and Communities

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Be Healthy, Be Mobile

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World Population Aging

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Healthy Aging in Action

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Global Strategy and Action Plan on Aging and Health

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Ageing, Older Persons and The 2020 Agenda

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An Ageing World 2015 - Population Reports

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Social isolation and loneliness among older people

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Initiating a conversation about ageism 2021

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Healthy Aging Data Report

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Six steps to older people’s inclusion

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Key messages to ensure age-inclusive policies

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Measuring the Age-Friendliness of Cities

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Regional Strategies, Policies, Reports and Actions

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Regional Profile of The Arab Region

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A Strategy for Active, Helathy Ageing

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Older Voices in Humanitarian Crises

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Arab Pension Systems

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The Rights and Needs of Older People in Palestine

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A Profile of Older People in Jordan

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Arab Strategy for Older Persons 2019-2020

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Population Ageing in Saudi Arabia

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The rights of older persons

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Ageing and COVID-19 in the Arab region

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Mapping of Population Policies in the Arab Region

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National Elderly Health Survey Sultanate of Oman

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مراجعة تنفيذ إعلان القاهرة لعام 2013 التقرير الإقليمي 2018

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Implementation of the 2013 Cairo Declaration

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العالم العربي أمام تحديات شيخوخة السكان

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Prospects of Ageing with Dignity

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Aging in the Arab Region

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Ageing in ESCWA Member States

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Towards long-term care systems in sub-Saharan Africa

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Population Ageing in Arab Countries

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Healthy Ageing Regional Initiative 

This section sheds some light on innovative regional initiatives that support research, practices, and policies with the aim of securing the welfare and full engagement of older persons.  

Sharing Knowledge and Discussions

In support of knowledge sharing, this section offers a professional space for our members to share their scientific contributions (published papers, working papers, presentations, and blogs) that relate to healthy aging. After a scientific review by our editorial members, the shared contribution will be announced and posted on the platform.
To share your contribution or any evidence or knowledge on the identified issues, send an email.

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Current Issues Inviting Discussions

  • Who should take the main responsibility of social care for older persons, the family, or the state?

  • Are Arab families able to adequately cater to the wellbeing of the older population?

  • What is being done or could be done by the state and other stakeholders to support this goal?

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Events and Announcements

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Aging in the Arab region

Second advocacy webinar on Aging in the Arab region: Realizing the potentials of the second demographic dividend Register now

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Caring for our older population in the Arab countries

On Tuesday, June 29, 2021, The Social Research Center hosted the webinar titled “Caring for our older population in the Arab countries: Policies and actions” in collaboration with The League of Arab States (LAS) and The United Nations Population Fund / Arab States Regional Office (UNFPA/ASRO). The webinar offered a critical discussion of the current efforts undertaken by major stakeholders in the Arab countries towards the implementation of the Arab Strategy for Older Population.

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Enabling Knowledge for Healthy Ageing

The Enabling Knowledge for Healthy Ageing webinar discusses means by which the lives of older persons can be improved. Knowledge shared is of a multidisciplinary nature to allow for a comprehensive discussion of the issue.

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September fall school for ageing study at AUC

In collaboration with a consortium of European partners, the Social Research Center and the Institute of Global Health and Human Ecology at the American University in Cairo announce September fall school for the study of aging.

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Social Isolation and Loneliness

The Focus on Aging webinar series addresses important topics for public health and health care professionals, aging services organizations, the research community, and other stakeholders in aging. Monday, September 28, 2020.

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Supporting Older Adults in Emergencies

The Focus on Aging webinar series addresses important topics for public health and health care professionals, aging services organizations, the research community, and other stakeholders in aging. Each webinar includes information specific to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, as well as their caregivers. The May 2020 edition of the webinar series was on the topic "Supporting Older Adults in Emergencies: Preparedness, Response, and Recovery." Monday, May 13, 2020

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Promoting Healthy Ageing in the COVID 19 era

The Promoting Healthy Ageing in the COVID-19 era webinar focuses on understanding the ways in which strengthening immunity through multiple methods will enhance their engagement during the restrictive times of COVID-19. This is in hopes to promote healthy ageing during COVID-19.

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The Decade of Healthy Ageing

The Decade of Healthy Ageing webinar looks at the markers of success regarding healthy ageing and how they can be measured. Additionally, the webinar aims at developing an accountability framework that includes existing global policy commitments and instruments.

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Health and work: Healthy ageing webinar

In this webinar we’ll explore the importance of health, work and ageing, and what employers and government need to do to ensure that all employees are supported at work.

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Resources for Researchers