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Article Type: Hypothesis and Theory Discipline / Field: Sociology

The culture of retirement in Lebanon: Obstacles and opportunities for addressing the transition to public and private sector post-employment life

ZEINA CHEMALI - NELLIE SHIPPEN - ROMY NEHME - CHRISTINA BORBA - - - - - - -

Citation: Chemali, Z., Shippen, N., Nehme, R., & Borba, C. (2019). The culture of retirement in Lebanon: Obstacles and opportunities for addressing the transition to public and private sector post-employment life.. Journal of Aging and Long-Term Care , 2(3) , 79-90 . DOI: 10.5505/jaltc.2019.43531

Received: 2019-05-28T23:36:42, Accepted: , Published Online: 10.5505/jaltc.2019.43531

Correspondence: Zeina Chemali, zelchemali@partners.org


ABSTRACT

Retirees in Lebanon currently experience several sociocultural and economic obstacles that limit their ability to experience retirement in a meaningful and productive way. The current paper draws on research and programming in Lebanon that was developed to understand and promote a healthy culture of retirement in Lebanon where the needs of retirees were explored by a joint initiative of the government and civil society. Results of two focus groups and the implementation of community enrichment pilot programs for retirees fed into the development of a framework to highlight the ways in which investments for retirees could be optimally realized at the national and municipal levels in Lebanon. Future plans for research and programming to testing this model further were also generated as part of this overall project. These results and pilot programs fed into the development of a framework on how retirees may be further engaged in civil society and a roadmap for conceptualizing programs for retirees that need minimal large-scale government action.

Key Practitioners Message

  • This may be a beneficial model for those practitioners working in countries in middle income and post-war transitional phase governments where significant legislative commitments to retirees may be slow to enact.

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