Addressing a nation's challenge: Graduate programs in gerontology in Israel

Sara Carmel, Ariela Lowenstein

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Like other developed nations, Israel has rapidly aged. This demographic revolution has created new challenges for Israeli society. We describe the societal background, including the emerging societal needs, solutions, and problems, as well as the professional principles, which guided us in developing the first two Israeli academic programs in gerontology in Beer-Sheva and Haifa. We further discuss the structures of both programs and their accomplishments. Although both programs were guided by identical needs and principles, geared toward the same multidisciplinary target population, and are dynamic and responsive to the emerging needs and difficulties, they differ in structure. While Haifa's program is flexible, Beer-Sheva's program is structured and divided into three distinct programs, of which only one-the research track-is designed and tailored to the students' interest. The two programs have contributed to increasing interest and research in aging in Israel, enhancing professional cooperation within the universities and with the international scientific community, opening the labor market for the programs' graduates, creating fruitful collaborations with community services, and accelerating the improvement of elderly quality of care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-63
Number of pages15
JournalGerontology and Geriatrics Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2007


  • Education
  • Educational achievements
  • Gerontology
  • Graduate programs
  • Israel
  • MA programs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Education


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