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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 Turkey: the Peter Pan syndrome?

Ageing in Turkey: the Peter Pan syndrome?

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Ageing in the Mediterranean

Özgür Arun

Policy Press

This paper investigates the following issues relating to population ageing in Turkey. What is the course of ageing in its barest form and basic meaning in Turkey? What are the conditions of older adults based on sociological factors such as daily life, gender, marital status, urbanization, education, work and income, health, religion and ethnicity? What is the perspective of the state in Turkey towards ageing in the realm of social policy? This paper compares social change processes in Turkey with those in Europe by way of utilising eight sub-themes determined as urbanization, gender, marital status, education, work and income, health, religion and ethnicity. The position of the Turkish state will be discussed in the context of those services which should be developed and implemented by a modern welfare state such as social security, retirement rights and health policies. In conclusion, a range of objectives and expectations regarding Turkey’s future gerontological agenda is discussed in light of the issues and challenges identified as a consequence of population ageing.

Keywords:   Ageing, Social policy, Gender, Religion and ethnicity, Health, Turkey

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