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Overview.

Broadly speaking, the research in the lab concerns psychosocial aspects associated with the wellbeing and quality of life of older adults. More specifically, we examine individual differences due to ethnicity, culture or age as well as macro-level, societal differences associated with culture and cohort effects as they relate to older adults. The lab is particularly interested in developing a more refined understanding of older adults within a broader societal context that takes time and place into consideration.
As such, many of the studies concern not only the individual person, but the entire caregiving unit and the setting in which older adults live. We also attempt to take time into consideration, not only as a linear passage of time, but also as a complex non-linear experience which confounds retrospective and prospective perspectives. In order to capture this complexity, the lab is involved in both quantitative and qualitative research that evaluates dyadic and triadic relationships over time. Currently, we are engaged in several ongoing research projects of potential significance to the wellbeing of older adults and the people who care for them: 
 

Evaluating a training program on elder care

The study is funded by the National Insurance Institute (NII) and is conducted in collaboration with Dr. Shiri Shanan-Altman to evaluate an ongoing training program. The program intends to train young adults in the pursue of elder care as a career trajectory. 


Barriers to pursuing a career in elder care among job seekers 

The study is funded by the National Insurance Institute (NII) and is conducted in collaboration with Dr. Shiri Shanan-Altman (PI) and Prof. Varda Soskolne (co-I). As part of the study, we seek to interview job seekers who were offered to pursue a position as a home care carer. We will interview both individuals who agreed to the offer as well as those who refused. Variou explanatory variables will be examined in order to identify barriers to and facilitators for taking such a position. 



Home care services in the North of Israel: Cross-cultural differences

The study is funded by the National Insurance Institute (NII) to assess the services provided to older adults in the North of Israel. A particular focus is placed on the availability of services to older adults in rural areas and on cross-cultural differences in attitudes towards formal and informal services among older adults and their families. As part of the study, we will interview both Israeli-Jews and Arabs who receive home care services through the NII as well as those who applied for services, but were rejected. We will also interview evaluators of the NII about their experiences and perceptions concerning home care services in the two sectors. 


The contribution of active aging and social relationships to cognitivie functioning.

The study is funded by the Bronfman-Israel research grant and is conducted in collaboration with Prof. Margie E. Lachman and Dr. Dikla Segel-Karpas. The key goals of this study are to examine the effects retirement exerts on cognitive functioning,
and to examine whether variability in the effects of retirement on cognitive functioning can be explained by exogenous variables – active engagement in social and non-social activities. We will use a cross national comparison to examine these
effects in Israel and the US. <<to read more


Family relations in the context of the continuing care retirement community (CCRC).

The study funded by the Israel Science Foundation is designed to evaluate the intergenerational family relations that evolve when an older adult moves to the CCRC. This is a longitudinal qualitative study in which older adults and their adult children are followed up for several years. A secondary goal of this study is to develop methodological innovations related to longitudinal qualitative research. << to read more

 

Older adults under home care services.

The study funded by the National Insurance Institute of Israel is designed to evaluate the caregiving arrangement that evolves at the intersection of informal care provided by family members and formal care provided by migrant or Israeli home care workers. This is the first nationally representative survey to evaluate the wellbeing and satisfaction with services of family members and older adults as well as the working conditions of home care workers. << to read more
 

Inequalities in the management of mental health in primary care.

Funded by the Israel National Institute for Health Policy Research, the study evaluates beliefs and attitudes towards depression and anxiety among primary care patients and providers from three population groups: Israeli veterans, Israeli Arabs and Israeli immigrants from the former Soviet Union. << to read more
 

At the intersection of private care by migrant home care workers and public care by nursing staff.

Funded by the Israeli Ministry of Health, the study is designed to evaluate the caregiving arrangement that evolves when an older home care recipient enters the hospital accompanied by a migrant home care worker. << to read more
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