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Ageing in the Mediterranean$
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Joseph Troisi and Hans-Joachim von Kondratowitz

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447301066

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447301066.001.0001

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Ageing in Lebanon: evidence and challenges

Ageing in Lebanon: evidence and challenges

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(p.325) Fifteen Ageing in Lebanon: evidence and challenges
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Ageing in the Mediterranean
Author(s):

Nabil Kronfol

Abla Mehio Sibai

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447301066.003.0015

Lebanon has unique socio-demographic features that render the ageing of its population a complex challenge. Past and present fertility levels are among the lowest in the region, crude mortality rates have decreased dramatically during the past few decades and non-communicable diseases have been considered to be the leading causes of death since the 1960s. Furthermore, Lebanon has currently the highest evidence percentage of older persons aged 65 years and above (7.5 per cent) among Arab countries. Yet, changes to the governance, structure and composition of the population remain unmatched by any corresponding increase in support measures. Lebanon lacks policies towards ageing, as well as a lack of reliable data on older people. This paper examines the public health, social and economic implications of demographic changes in Lebanon and explores their impact upon the expanding population of older persons.

Keywords:   Ageing, Lebanon, Evidence, Complex challenge, Governance

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