Aging in Israel: Research, Policy and Practice

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  • Copyright: 2010-03-15
  • Publisher: Routledge

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In the twentieth century, all developed nations began toundergo unprecedented demographic changes, as theirbirth rates declined, and life expectancies increased significantly—an average of thirty years in less than a century.These developments have caused major transformations inthe composition of populations in these countries, especiallyin terms of the proportions of the various age groups. Whilethe age groups of children and adolescents have decreased,those of elderly persons aged 65 and over, have increased.Consistent with the situation in other developed nations,the absolute number and percentage of elderly persons inthe Israeli population is increasing, while the percentage ofyounger persons is decreasing. Israel, however, differs fromother developed countries in the pace of this demographicchange, the composition of its population, and the waysit can address needs related to aging. The demographicfigures in Israel indicate that not only is the proportion ofelderly persons in the total population growing, but thatthe old population itself is rapidly aging as well.This volume exemplifies how social science researchcan promote knowledge about and understanding ofneeds and opportunities for adaptation, and assist inevaluating the outcomes of policies and services on thepersonal, community and national levels, as well as suggestrequired changes. The variety of topics covered in thisvolume on age-related research, policies and practice reflectsa wide range of research by Israeli scholars on socialaspects of aging. Their research offers a glimpse into theknowledge base that has been built over the years on theaging process in Israel, the population of elderly people,and the national policies and network of services for theaged. Other developed countries with aging populationshave much to learn from the Israeli experience.

Author Biography

Sara Carmel is professor of medical sociology and gerontology at Ben-Gurion University, Israel, head of the Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Aging, President of the Israel Gerontological Society, President of ILC-Israel, and founding head of the Israel National Fund for Research in Aging at the Ministry of Senior Affairs. She is the author of more than 150 scientific publications including two edited volumes on global aging, and has served on numerous national and international committees for academic and policy affairs.

Table of Contents

Sourcep. ix
Prologue-Aging in Israel: Demographic Changes, Societal Adaptation, and Remaining Challengesp. 3
Coping with Losses and Changes at Old Age
Coping with Losses and Past Trauma in Old Age: The Separation-Individuation Perspectivep. 27
Interpersonal Relatedness and Self-Definition in Late Adulthood Depression: Personality Predispositions and Protective Factorsp. 43
Long-Term Bereavement Processes of Older Parents: The Three Phases of Griefp. 79
Chronically Ill, Old, and Institutionalized: Being a Nursing Home Residentp. 105
Self-Identity in Older Persons Suffering from Dementia: Preliminary Resultsp. 123
Social Diversity, Quality of Life, and Successful Aging
Contribution of Social Arrangements to the Attainment of Successful Aging: The Experience of the Israeli Kibbutzp. 149
The Effect of a Communal Life Style on Depressive Symptoms in Late Lifep. 169
The Willingness to Enter a Nursing Home: A Comparison of Holocaust Survivors with Elderly People Who Did Not Experience the Holocaustp. 189
Healthy Aging Around the World: Israel Too?p. 203
Elders' Quality of Life and Intergenerational Relations: A Cross-National Comparisonp. 213
Correlates of Successful Aging: Are They Universal?p. 239
Taking Care of and Caregiving-The Micro and Macro Levels
Terms of Visibility: Eldercare in an Aging Nation-State-The Israeli Casep. 261
Immigration, State Support, and the Economic Well-Being of the Elderly in Israelp. 277
Assisted Living for Older People in Israel: Market Control or Government Regulation?p. 301
Fragmentation of Care for Frail Older People-An International Problem. Experience from Three Countries: Israel, Canada, and the United Statesp. 317
Old-Age Home in Jerusalem: Post-Occupancy Evaluationp. 335
A Nursing Home in Arab-Israeli Society: Targeting Utilization in a Changing Social and Economic Environmentp. 351
Life-Sustaining Treatments: What Doctors Do, What They Want for Themselves, and What Elderly Persons Wantp. 363
Modernization and Elder Abuse in an Arab-Israeli Contextp. 377
A Comparison of Well-Being of Demented vs. Physically Impaired Family Caregivers of Hospitalized Elderlyp. 397
Predictors of Survival at Old Age
Determinants of the Health and Survival of the Elderly: Suggestions from Two Different Experiences-Italy and Israelp. 411
Mortality Differentials among Israeli Menp. 437
Gender Differences in the Self-Rated Health-Mortality Association: Is It Poor Self-Rated Health That Predicts Mortality or Excellent Self-Rated Health That Predicts Survival?p. 453
The Will to Live and Survival at Old Age: Gender Differencesp. 473
Beyond Keeping Active: Concomitants of Being a Volunteer in Old-Old Agep. 481
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