One-third of Tehran’s elderly suffer from malnutrition – Eurasia Review
Research by Tehran’s Institute of Nutrition and Food Industry has shown that one-third of the elderly suffer from malnutrition. According to the official Mehr news agency, a quarter of Iran’s population is over 60, which classifies them as the elderly.
Research has shown that the current food and the quality received by the elderly need to be improved and in a third of cases the elderly are at risk of malnutrition and a quarter at risk of depression.
It was then that Iranian retirees have been rallying to protest for many months. At the end of 2020 and beginning of 2021, retirees met every week to express their economic difficulties and demand higher pensions. Despite a sharp increase in prices and the cost of living, the Iranian regime has not increased the wages of retirees.
In their protests, retirees laid tablecloths on the ground in a symbolic measure to imply that they could not afford to eat and meet their basic needs. Some of their placards contained direct messages to the regime’s supreme leader, Khamenei, asking him to improve their living conditions.
In June, Ismail Gerami, 67, retired and union activist was sentenced to prison and lashed for demonstrating. Ismail has been active in protests organized by retreats for higher wages in Tehran.