ERIC Number: ED313613
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Aging in Israeli Society--A Growing Dialogue between Research and Practice.
This document presents a short description of the demographics and unique features of aging in Israeli society and a discussion of two research projects in the area of aging and the implications of the findings for policy and service development. It is noted that the elderly comprise approximately 10% of Israel's Jewish population and that the majority of Israel's Jewish elders are foreign-born. The discussion examines the ethnic and cultural diversity of Israel's population and the impact of this diversity on living arrangements, family relations, and care for the elderly. A dichotomy is drawn between ethnic groups with Western modern cultural backgrounds and those from Asia and Africa with the background of Eastern traditional culture and norms. Also examined are the living environments in Israel, especially within the rural sector where traditional villages exist alongside cooperative villages (the moshav) and collective communities (the kibbutz). The main components of the state of the art in gerontology in Israel are outlined. The first research project described involves an evaluation of the welfare services of the Haifa municipality and a coordinating service network between the hospitals in the city and the welfare department. The second project deals with the impact of the decision-making process of institutional placement upon family relations and the role of the social worker in the process. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Exchange Center on Gerontology, Tampa, FL.
Identifiers - Location: Israel