Investigating key issues relating to rapid population ageing in Iran

Fertility and mortality decline are major drivers of Iran’s population aging. A rapid and sharp fall in fertility rates over the past three decades as well as a substantial rise in life expectancy are causing rapid aging of Iran’s population.

Iran needs a strategy for social and economic supports for an aging population

In this article in Ageing International (Vol 45, Issue 4), Associate Professor Mahmood Messkoub, Nader Mehri and Suzanne Kunkel investigate the implications of the rapidly ageing population in Iran.

They argue that the rapid population aging of Iran has significant implications for all societal institutions and decision makers that have to be addressed by the Iranian society.


Gender-related issues and socio-economic security in old age are two key issues resulting from such a fast population aging.  

As with many rapidly aging populations, Iran needs a strategy for social and economic supports for an aging population that will not promote views of aging people as a burden.

'Trends, Determinants and the Implications of Population Aging in Iran' - read the full article

Nader Mehri
Nader Mehri is a doctoral student at the Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. His primary research interests are the demography of aging, demographic estimation methods, applied statistics, meta-analysis, and family demography.
Associate professor
Professor Suzanne Kunkel
Suzanne Kunkel is Executive Director of the Scripps Gerontology Center and University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Sociology and Gerontology, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Her primary research focus is on planning for the health care needs for the older population, and the role of the aging network in health outcomes for older adults and for communities.