Demography of Aging in Arab Countries

  • Kathryn M. Yount
  • Abla M. Sibai
Part of the International Handbooks of Population book series (IHOP, volume 1)

Relative to other regions around the world, research on older adults in Arab countries has been sparse. This gap is surprising, given that adults aged 60 years and older in 2000–2005 represented about 6.5 per cent of Arab populations in Northern Africa and about 6.6 per cent in Western Asia (United Nations 2006). By 2050, these percentages should reach 19.4 and 17.8, respectively (United Nations 2006). Despite these trends, no longitudinal, comparative studies of older adults have been undertaken in the region. One of the first major efforts to characterize the health and socio-economic conditions of older adults in several Arab countries was the World Health Organization Collaborative Study on the Social and Health Aspects of Aging, which was a cross-sectional comparative study of adults aged 60 years and older that was conducted around 1990 in several sub-regions of Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia (Andrews 1998). A wide array of self-reported social, economic, demographic and health-related data were collected in this study but no objective measures of health were gathered and no follow-up was undertaken. Thus, estimates of the health status of the populations represented by these samples are based entirely on self- and/or proxy-reported data and their validity and reliability remain unknown.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathryn M. Yount
    • 1
  • Abla M. Sibai
    • 2
  1. 1.Hubert Department of Global Health and Department of SociologyEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.American University of BeirutBeirutLebanon

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