Senior Research Scholar, Aging Team (Family Group)
Senior research scholar, Aging Team, Family Group, the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute (MJB), Israel’s leading center for applied social research.
Ayelet Berg-Warman has worked at MJB since 1994. Her primary research areas are: the evaluation of needs and programs for older adults. Her studies address the prevention and treatment of elder abuse and neglect in the community and in institutions; active aging; supportive communities; the evaluation of programs in old-age homes and their effect on the quality of care. In recent years, she has also investigated the needs of aging LGBTs, the responses they receive from the health and welfare systems, and the attitude of Israeli society towards them. She has also participated in numerous international conference, representing Israel at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) on the topic of active aging.
Ayelet holds a BA in economics and statistics and an MBA in business administration, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as a PhD in data systems from Tel Aviv University.
She can be contacted at [email protected] or by telephone at 972-2-655-7431.
Between Two Worlds: Older Adults of Ethiopian Origin – Needs, Strengths, and Challenges
The objectives of the research were: 1. Characterize the situation of older adults of Ethiopian origin in various aspects (health and functioning, loneliness and meaning in their lives, housing, and employment) 2. Characterize and map their service consumption and identify barriers to the use of services and unmet needs 3. Examine potential solutions for overcoming the barriers and unmet needs
Health Plan Preparation for Policy Reform in Elder Dental Care
The objectives of the research were to examine the pattern of dental care utilization among the elderly over the first three years of the reform and to learn about the health plans’ preparation for providing dental services for senior citizens as part of the reform.
Adoption of Medical Technologies by Older Adults and the Relationship With Functional Disability
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.
Telecare Services for Older Adults in Israel
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 Program for a Second Shift in Day Care Centers for Older Adults (Ofek Centers): Formative and Summative Evaluation
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.
Transgenerational Community: Summative Evaluation Study
The objective of this research was to examine the degree to which the objectives of the pilot program were achieved according to success indicators defined in its logical model with reference to the three focal areas: individual, community, and local organizations.
Oral Health and the Use of Dental Services by Older Adults Age 65+ in Israel
The goals of this study were to learn about the oral health of individuals aged 65+ in Israel, to assess the extent of use of dental services, to examine the level of satisfaction with the services, and to identify the main barriers to their use.
Support Groups for Family Caregivers of Elders with Dementia: Evaluation Study
The main goal of the study was to examine the outcomes of three implementation models over time: 1. Caregivers who participated in a closed support group only; 2. Caregivers who participated in a closed support group and afterwards continued to an open-ended group (monthly meetings, with no time limitation, participants may attend as many meetings as they like); 3. Caregivers who participated in open-ended groups only.
Support Groups for Family Caregivers of Elders with Disabilities: Evaluation Study
In light of increasing awareness of the importance of the role of family members in caring for the elderly, the impact of this on them (such as overload and harming their quality of life) and the need to develop appropriate programs for them, the National Insurance Institute launched an experimental program. In the program, 77 short-term support groups were held throughout Israel which gave the participants support and information.
Evaluation of a Project to Prevent and Treat Elder Abuse and Neglect in the Urban Sector
In recent years, many programs have been developed in Israel and abroad to combat elder abuse, which is recognized as a significant social problem. The current study examined a groundbreaking program designed to reduce elder abuse and neglect.
Protection of the Elderly in the Rural Sector
This study examined a unique pilot program designed to reduce situations of elder abuse and neglect. The program was implemented in the social service departments of two regional councils and was supported by the National Insurance Institute's Fund for Demonstration Projects in partnership with the Ministry of Social Affairs.
Food Security in Israel in 2003 and Its Implications for Patterns of Nutrition
This study is the first to provide national estimates of the prevalence and severity of food insecurity in Israel, and to examine the implications of food insecurity for actual patterns of consumption and consumption of nutrients.
Data Use in Major Governmental Decisions Related to National Health Insurance
The Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute is carrying out a multi-year study of the role that data and research have played in key governmental decisions related to the implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI) law since its inception in January, 1995.
Use of the Central Bureau of Statistics’ Health Survey in Decisionmaking in the Health System
The analysis presented in this report is part of a multi-year study of the role of data and research in significant government decisionmaking related to implementation of the National Health Insurance Law.
Gaps between Low Income and Middle to High Income Individuals following the Implementation of the National Health Insurance Law, 1995-1997
One of the main goals of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Law was to make Israel’s health services system more equitable. Although low income groups are now more attractive to health plans than they were in the past, it is not clear whether NHI provides enough of an incentive for insurers to seek them out or, […]
Natapov, L., Berg-Warman, A., Kermel Schiffman, I., & Zusman, S. P. (2022). Dental Services Utilization by over 65 Years Old in Israel in 2020. OBM Geriatrics, 6(4), 1-13. doi.org/10.21926/obm.geriatr.2204212
Berg-Warman, A., Schiffman, I. K., Zusman, S. P., & Natapov, L. (2021). Oral health of the 65+ age group in Israel-2020. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research, 10, 58. doi.org/10.1186/s13584-021-00494-6
Shnoor, Y., & Berg-Warman, A. (2019). Needs of the aging LGBT community in israel. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 1-16, doi:10.1177/0091415019844452
Berg-Warman, A., Zusman, S. P. & Sasson, A. (2016). Dental Treatment needs of Vulnerable Elderly in Israel – Data from ‘Smile again’ project. Gerontology & Geriatrics, 43(1), 93-104. (in Hebrew).
Alon, S., & Berg-Warman, A. (2014). Treatment and prevention of elder abuse and neglect: Where knowledge and practice meet – A model for intervention to prevent and treat elder abuse in Israel. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 26(2), 150-171. doi:10.1080/08946566.2013.784087
Berg-Warman, A., Bentur, N., Brodsky, J. & Berkman, P. (2013). Predictors of Institutionalization of Older People – the Role of the Health Services. Gerontology & Geriatrics, 40(4), 13-28.
Berg-Warman, A., & Brodsky, J. (2006). The supportive community: A new concept for enhancing the quality of life of elderly living in the community. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 18(2), 69-83. doi:10.1300/J031v18n02_05
Goldwag, R., Berg, A., Yuval, D., & Benbassat, J. (2002). Predictors of patient dissatisfaction with emergency care. The Israel Medical Association Journal, 4(8), 603-606.
Berg, A., Horev, T., & Zusman, S. P. (2001). Patient satisfaction, quality indicators and utilization of dental services in Israel. Harefuah, 140(12), 1151-1155. (in Hebrew).
Berg, A., Yuval, D., Ivancovsky, M., Zalcberg, S., Dubani, A., & Benbassat, J. (2001). Patient perception of involvement in medical care during labor and delivery. The Israel Medical Association Journal, 3(5), 352-356.
Bentur, N., Gross, R., & Berg, A. (1998). Screening tests for early detecting breast cancer in women in Israel–Performance rates and patient characteristics. Harefuah, 134(6), 425-428. (in Hebrew).
Bentur, N., Berg, A., Gross, R., & Chinitz, D. (1998). Health system reform and the elderly: The case of Israel. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 10(2), 85-104.
Berg, A., & Yuval, D. (1998). What has happened to patient satisfaction with the care in general hospitals in the years from 1993-1995? Harefuah, 134(5), 348-351. (in Hebrew).
Gross, R., Feldman, D., Rabinowitz, Y., Greenstein, M., & Berg, A. (1998). Characteristics of adults with emotional distress in Israel – Patterns of mental health services used. Harefuah, 134(5), 341-348. (in Hebrew).
Carmeli, E., Ladani, R., Berg-Warman, A., Resnizki, S., & Brodesky, J. (2019). Family caregivers: Taking part in treatment cycle. In Shafran-Tikva, S., Shemet, S., Weiss, Y.(Eds), Partnership in Healthcare, (pp. 38-48). Jerusalem: Academon. (in Hebrew).
Berg-Warman, A. (2015). Handbook for Implementing Support Groups for Family Caregivers of Elders Living in the Community. Funds for Services Development 3. Jerusalem: National Insurance Institute, Research & Planning Administration,(in Hebrew).