Senior Research Scholar and Aging Team Leader (Family Group)
Senior research scholar and Aging Team leader, Family Group, the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute (MJB), Israel’s leading center for applied social research.
Shirli Resnizky has worked at MJB since 1998. Her primary research areas are: social and health services for the elderly, family caregivers, and end-of-life care. In addition to evaluating the needs of the aging population, she specializes in evaluating the array of programs provided for them. In recent years, she has headed studies on the integration of health and social services, on legal guardianship, advance care planning, and spiritual care. She is highly experienced in combining quantitative and qualitative research methods.
Shirli holds a BA in sociology and international relations, an MA in sociology, organization studies, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a PhD in gerontology from University of Haifa.
She can be contacted at [email protected] or by telephone at 972-2-655-7431.
Helpline and Home Visit Program for People with Dementia and Their Families: A Formative Evaluation Study
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.
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.
Durable Power of Attorney for Older Adults and People with Cognitive Decline: Examining the Implementation of Amendment 18 to the Legal Capacity and Guardianship Law
The objective of the research was to examine the implementation of Amendment 18 to the Legal Capacity and Guardianship Law and the contribution of durable POAs to the older adults and to people with cognitive decline.
The Ezer Mizion Center for Younger Dementia Patients: A Formative Evaluation Study
The objective of this research was to examine the needs of younger dementia patients in a variety of areas of life and the solutions provided to them by the center from their own and their family members’ perspectives.
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.
The Means Test under the Long-Term Care Insurance Law: Its Impact on the Financial Status of Frail Elders
The goals of this this study were: to assess the household expenses caused by long-term nursing care for a member of the household, focusing on caregiver costs; to assess the financial harm caused to rejectees due to the means test; to examine whether the income-based eligibility or non-eligibility for LTCI services correlates with the scope of services utilized by frail elders or with a pattern of utilization of nursing services.
Family Caregivers in the World of Work
The study goals were to provide information to the program implementers, participating organizations, and JDCESHEL on the scale of this phenomenon and to examine the implementation of the program and the perceived contribution at both the organizational and individual levels.
The Shaked program – Municipal Centers for Family Caregivers: Formative and Summary Evaluation
The evaluation had two main goals: 1. Formative evaluation: To design a tool for use by the centers (intake questionnaire), to characterize the target population, to examine organizational aspects of implementation of the program, and todesign measures for ongoing evaluation. The goal in this respect was to help to design the program and build tools to be used in the future 2. Summary evaluation: To examine satisfaction with the program and its perceived contribution for family members and the elderly person and for the municipal social service system.
Pilot for Supervision of Legal Guardians for Personal Affairs: Summary Report
The main goal of the pilot was to help the Office of the Administrator General (public guardian) at the Ministry of Justice design a system to supervise guardians in regard to personal matters so as to identify situations in which guardians are not performing their duties adequately.
Knowledge and Attitudes of Community Physicians and the General Public regarding End-of-Life and Palliative Care
Palliative care has many benefits in easing suffering and improving the quality of life of end-of-life patients, yet its availability in Israel is limited. This study examines the attitudes of both community physicians and the general public to treatment of end-of-life patients and to palliative care, and the barriers and challenges to its provision. Two […]
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.
Placing Spiritual Care Providers in Long-Term Care Facilities in Israel
The past decade has seen the development of services of spiritual care in Israel’s health and welfare systems. In 2006, at the initiative and with the support of the Jewish Federation of New York, a process was initiated to develop a model of spiritual care and a training program for spiritual care providers (SCPs). Until […]
Use of Healthcare Services, Quality and Cost of Care of Terminal Cancer Patients
Caring for people at the end of life is becoming a central concern of health systems. The belief that palliative and hospice services are the most appropriate for the terminally ill, and that everyone has a right to these services at the end of life, is gaining ground in health systems throughout the world. In […]
Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation Daycare Center in the Community in Kiryat Bialik: Evaluation Study
Daycare centers in the community are commonly provided in other countries, but in Israel the service is available on a limited scale. JDC-ESHEL therefore commissioned the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute to conduct an evaluation study of the new Center.
Spiritual Care in Israel: An Evaluation of the Programs Funded by the UJA-Federation of New York
The study examined the types and extent of spiritual care training and service programs, the experiences of patients, family and staff and the attitudes of stakeholders and policymakers.
Recipients of Long-term Care Insurance Benefits: Characteristics, Formal and Informal Assistance Patterns and Unmet Needs
This study provides an updated picture of the extent to which the system of services has been meeting the needs of those eligible for CLTCI, the "division of labor" between the formal and informal systems of care, the burden on the families, and their satisfaction with the services provided in the framework of CLTCI.
Disabled Elderly Recipients of Cash and In-kind Benefits: What can be learned from the experience of recipients of disability benefits – both cash and in-kind – in Israel?
This study examines the implications of the type of benefit – cash or in-kind – for the care of the disabled elderly and the response to their needs, by comparing recipients of the two types of benefit.
Cohen, Y. B., Ostrovsky-Berman, E., & Resnizky, S. (2023). Family Caregivers for Younger Dementia Patients – The Experience of Treatment, Characteristics and Unmet Needs: A Case Study of the Ezer Mizion Center for Younger Dementia Patients. Gerontology and Geriatrics, 50(1-2), 39-58.
Finkelstein, A., Resnizky, S., Cohen, Y., Garber, R., Kannai, R., Katz, Y., & Avni, O. (2022). Promoting advance care planning (ACP) in community health clinics in Israel: Perceptions of older adults with pro-ACP attitudes and their family physicians. Palliative and Supportive Care, 1-10. doi:10.1017/S1478951521001942
Resnizky, S., & Leichtentritt, R. (2016). The final illness: Decision-making in the family unit: Abstract number: Fc91. Palliative Medicine, 30(6), NP59.
Bentur, N., Resnizky, S., Balicer, R., & Eilat-Tsanani, T. (2014). Quality of end-of-life care for cancer patients: Does home hospice care matter? The American Journal of Managed Care, 20(12), 988-992.
Bentur, N., Resnizky, S., Balicer, R., & Eilat-Tsanani, T. (2014). Utilization and cost of services in the last 6 months of life of patients with cancer – with and without home hospice care. The American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care, 31(7), 723-725. doi:10.1177/1049909113499604
Bentur, N., Stark, D. Y., Resnizky, S., & Symon, Z. (2014). Coping strategies for existencial and spiritual suffering in Israeli patients with advanced cancer. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research, 3, 21. eCollection 2014. doi:10.1186/2045-4015-3-21
Bentur, N., Resnitzky, S., & Sterne, A. (2010). Attitudes of stakeholders and policymakers in the healthcare system towards the provision of spiritual care in Israel. Health Policy, 96(1), 13-19. doi:10.1016/j.healthpol.2009.12.006
Bentur, N., & Resnizky, S. (2010). Challenges and achievements in the development of spiritual-care training and implementation in Israel. Palliative Medicine, 24(8), 771-776. doi:10.1177/0269216310380490
Bentur, N., & Resnitzky, S. (2009). Five year survival after stroke, and related prognostic factors in Israel. The Israel Medical Association Journal, 11(7), 411-415.
Resnizky, S., & Bentur, N. (2006). Can family caregivers of terminally ill patients be a reliable source of information about the severity of patient symptoms? The American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care, 23(6), 447-456. doi:23/6/447
Bentur, N., & Resnizky, S. (2005). Validation of the McGill quality of life questionnaire in home hospice settings in Israel. Palliative Medicine, 19(7), 538-544. doi:10.1191/0269216305pm1052oa
Bentur, N., & Resnizky, S. (2003). Care of acute stroke patients in general hospitals in Israel. The Israel Medical Association Journal, 5(5), 343-345.