The kibbutz movement's population is aging quickly and its population of aged is growing both relatively and in absolute numbers. The rise in a population's aging results from a drop in birthrates and an increase in life expectancy. The kibbutz movement is not different from Israeli society or from the rest of the world. The desire to create a just and equal society that would provide an alternative to capitalist society is part of the kibbutz idea. The chapter analyses the understanding of significances ascribed to old age and aging by the "younger elderly" in kibbutzim undergoing changes. The "young elderly" display a responsibility and duty toward their families and the extended kibbutz framework. The involvement of the young elderly in kibbutz and family life emphasizes the fact that they do not see themselves as "old." The chapter shows how kibbutz members on the verge of old age saw the impact of the changes on their personal process of aging.
|Title of host publication||One Hundred Years of Kibbutz Life|
|Subtitle of host publication||A Century of Crises and Reinvention|
|Editors||M. Palgi , S. Reinharz|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||18|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2017|
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