Research associate, Aging Team (Family Group)
Research associate, Aging Team, Family Group, the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute (MJB), Israel’s leading center for applied social research.
Yafit Cohen has worked at MJB since 2017. Her primary research areas are home care for the elderly; formal caregivers; the geriatric workforce; informal caregivers, such as family members; and early onset dementia. In addition, she focuses on the experience of long-term nursing caregivers and explores the elements that contribute to quality. She also studies how the increased demand for home care has impacted on the occupational status of caregiving.
Yafit holds a BA in social work and an MA in Non-Profit and Community Organization Management, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in addition to a PhD in social work from the Hebrew University and Post doctorate from the University of Haifa. Her doctorate researched Israeli caregivers providing home care for the elderly and focused on emotional and gender aspects of home nursing care. Her post doctorate dealt with the meaning and experience of late-life divorce from dyadic, gender and an intergenerational perspective.
She can be contacted at [email protected]
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
Israeli Nurse Practitioners in Geriatric and Palliative Care
The study’s main objective is to examine the perceptions of the NPs regarding the contribution of NPs to the health system and the potential development of their role in palliative and geriatric care. The study’s secondary objectives are as follows: Examine the unique contribution of NPs specializing in palliative and geriatric care to the healthcare system and assess their contribution to the community (or the setting where their contribution may be optimal); Examine the state of the art in the world with regard to the work of NPs in these areas, including the settings where they are employed, their roles, and their authorities; Examine how it would be most appropriate to develop the roles of NPs in these areas in community care settings, from the perspectives of both healthcare policymakers and the nurses in the field.
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.
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.
The Project to Reduce and Cope with Feelings of Loneliness among Older Adults
The study had three main goals: 1. To examine the contribution of each program implemented in a locality to the older adults participating (the individual level); 2. To examine each program’s contribution to further addressing the issue of loneliness in every locality where it was conducted (the field level); 3. To formulate insights and recommendations about the programs to reduce loneliness (the policy level).
Cohen, Y., Demeter, N., & Koren, C. (2024). Being adult children of late-life divorced parents in Israel: A dyadic/familial perspective. Family Relations, 1–19. https://doi.org/10.1111/fare.12998
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