On the 4th of December Professor Shereen Hussein presented at the United Nation’s International Institute on Ageing Webinar Series 2020.
Across the globe, changes in demographic and socio-economic structures mean that large segments of societies are growing older across the world. Population ageing is occurring in countries previously characterised by young populations and where their policy and systems are not well prepared to meet the needs of older people. There is a need for the creation of new models that are effective in enabling these large segments of the society to continue contributing to the economic and social dynamics while ensuring meeting the care needs for those requiring support. There is a need to formulate equitable policy and practice that aspires to enhance the quality of life of older people and their informal carers. Furthermore, global mobility and migration result in diverse groups of migrants growing older within ‘new’ host societies, with different expectations and opportunities for older people. For this session, the example of Turkey was used to consider the experiences of older people growing older ‘in place’. A traditionally young country, where those who had migrated earlier in their years to the UK and are now growing older ‘out of place’. Specifically, this session discussed the policy and practice implications on healthy ageing within various sets of constraints and opportunities.
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Shereen Hussein is a Health and Social Care Policy professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), United Kingdom.
Shereen Founded the MENARAH Network in 2019, through an initial grant from the Global Challenge Research Fund, UKRI. She is a medical demographer with expertise in ageing, family dynamics, migration and long-term care systems. Shereen regularly collaborates with the United Nations, the World Health Organisation and the World Bank in policy and research focused on ageing in the Middle East and North Africa Region.
Shereen received her undergraduate degree in statistics and a postgraduate degree in computer science at Cairo University. She completed an MSc in medical demography at the London School of Hygiene and a PhD in quantitative demography and population studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom.