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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 Tunisia

Ageing in Tunisia

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Ageing in the Mediterranean

Radhouane Gouiaa

Abla Mehio Sibai

Policy Press

Tunisia, a middle-income country in the Arab Maghreb region north of the African continent, has one of the highest percentages of elderly persons aged 65 and above among Arab countries. Similar to other countries in North Africa, family is the cornerstone for the support of older people, however, family cohesion and care can not be the safety net that older people can always rely on. In the face of new demographic, social, political and economic realities, especially in the wake of the Tunisian revolution, the Tunisian government is called to make the most of existing systems of cultural and social resources to create a public safety net for older persons across Tunisia. This chapter explores socioeconomic realities of older persons in Tunisia, their demographics, health and geriatrics care as well as the existing governmental institutional arrangements for the care and support of older people.

Keywords:   Ageing, Elderly, Demographics, Socioeconomic, Health, Tunisia

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