Geriatric health care to the elderly in Israel

J. Brodsky, D. Galinsky, A. Globerson

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In 2000, Israel's residents aged 65+ numbered 623,000. This population has increased sevenfold since 1955, while the general population increased only 3.5-times. Thus the rate of increase of the elderly population has been double so fast as that of the general population. Actually, the proportion of the elderly in the total population is about 10%. The number of elderly will increase to about 1,025,000 by the year 2020, constituting 12% of the projected population. The fastest growing part of the population has been that of people aged 80+ during the recent years. Expected medium life span in Israel is high, during the last 50 years it has increased 12 years, reaching at present 76.7 for men and 80.4 years for women. Life expectancy at the age of 65 at present is 16.5 years for men and 18.6 for women. Although the vast majority of elderly in Israel is independent, the recent changes in age, gender and ethnic composition of Israel's elderly population resulted in an increase of the proportion of disabled elderly, reaching 14% of all elderly. The majority of elderly people lives and is cared for at home; only 4.1% reside in long-term care institutions. Even among the disabled elderly, 78% lives at home. It is evident that such a situation would be im-possible without a great family involvement. In response to the aging of Israel's population over the past two decades, the system of services for the elderly has undergone a rapid development and changes. During the last decade, a number of formal services have been established some of them are quite innovative, helping the families to cope with the burden of care. This paper describes the main health and social services available to the Israeli elderly and the development of training of professional personnel, as well as the research in the area of aging.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-73
Number of pages15
JournalArchives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Issue numberSUPPL. 8
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2002


  • Disabled elderly
  • Elderly in Israel
  • Long-term care in Israel
  • Services for the elderly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Aging
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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