By 2035, the population of older adults in Israel is projected to increase by almost 80%. This growth will require Israeli society to make appropriate adjustments to its social policies and services to meet the health care, social, and economic needs of older adults and their families.
The COVID-19 pandemic presented a further, special challenge to the older adult population, which has been defined as an at-risk population. The studies in our 2021 research program will include a special focus on the COVID-19 crisis as MJB's Research Team on Aging continues to make a significant contribution to national efforts to develop effective policies and services to address these challenges.
Family Research Group Leader and Director of the Engelberg Center for Children and Youth
The Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute has conducted a formative evaluation study to assess the helpline’s ability to reach out and contribute to the relevant target population. Namely, to assess the degree to which it meets the needs of the patients and their families in routine and emergency situations and helps them cope with the illness symptoms.
The overarching goal of the research was to examine the use of technology, in general, and of medical technologies, in particular, by older adults as well as their attitudes about the use of such technologies.
The goals of this study were: (1) to identify and map the telecare services in Israel; (2) to identify the strategies used in Israel to promote the telecare services; (3) to identify challenges and barriers to the use of telecare services; (4) to present options for the large-scale deployment of telecare services in Greece, based on the Israeli experience.
The study goals are: 1. To document the number of older adults who took part in the program as well as the content of the activities in which they participated; 2. To characterize the program participants according to socio-demographic characteristics, level of functioning, health status, and the nature of their social ties; 3.To analyze organizational processes related to the implementation of the program; 4. To learn about the value of the program, in particular, and the centers, in general, for older adults and their family members and about their satisfaction with the program and the centers, in general; 5. To examine the impact of the program on the operation of the centers in the morning hours (hereinafter: the first shift); 6. To evaluate the economic feasibility of the program.