Accident prevention among the elderly: Moving from HFA health policy to social strategy

Julie Cwikel, Tamara Barnea

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In 1980 the World Health Organization (WHO) published a set of health targets to guide the health policy of its member states as part of its “Health For All by the Year 2000” (HFA-2000) initiatives. However, the translation of health targets into health and social program guidelines is a complex process. This paper illus- Irates this process through an analysis related to accident prevention among the elderly as conducted by Israeli researchers. Several types of comparative data were used in the analysis. First, the health policy guidelines published by WHO, the United States, and Israel were compared along specific parameters. Then, mortality statistics on accidents among those aged 65 and over were compared for Israel, the United States, Sweden, and Ireland in order to examine the different components of mortality and suggest different priorities for accident prevention. Specific health policy recommendations made to prevent accidents among Israeli elderly are noted; they are compared to those adopted by Israel’s Ministry of Health. Finally, exemplary community accident prevention programs from several countries that can serve as models for translating general targets into specific social programs are described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-114
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Aging and Social Policy
Issue number4
StatePublished - 9 Mar 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Gerontology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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