Israel Issi Doron

Israel Issi Doron
University of Haifa | haifa · Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences

LL.B.; LL.M.; PhD.
Dean - Faculty of Social Welfare & Health Sciences, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel

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Introduction
I specialize in the fields of elder law, jurisprudential gerontology, ageism, and the interaction of law, aging, ethics and social policy. Currently I am focusing on international elder law, ageism & ageivism, and the study of both local, regional and international aspects of rights of older persons, with specific reference to ageism and the social construction of old age.
Additional affiliations
August 2017 - present
University of Chicago
Position
  • Israel Institute Visiting Scholar
Description
  • I am a visiting scholar at SSA teaching both legal aspects of the social work profession as well as ageism and social activism in old age.
- December 2012
University of Haifa
Education
August 1998 - October 2000
York University
Field of study
  • Law
August 1993 - October 1994
October 1986 - March 1989

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Publications (171)
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Research has shown that health status and self-rated health (SRH) are correlated not only with age and gender but also with socioeconomic determinants, such as income, education, and employment status, in the course of life and in late life. Much less investigated, however, are gender differences in the association between socioeconomic factors and...
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"מועקה מוסרית" הוא מושג המתאר תופעה רגשית, קוגניטיבית ופיזית המלווה מטפלים בעת הימצאות בצומת שבין פעולה שלהערכתם "נכון" לבצע ובין זו שלהבנתם "אפשר" לבצע בתוך מערכת של שיקולים אישיים, מקצועיים וארגוניים התופעה נחקרה בהרחבה בקרב מטפלים ממקצועות הרפואה והסיעוד, אבל אף שהיא נפוצה בקרב פיזיותרפיסטים, בעלת מקורות שונים ומשמעויות והשלכות רבות, היא לא נחקר...
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The purpose of this study is to explain the critical role of the European Social Charter in advancing and protecting the rights of older persons in Europe. It is designed to be of use to civil society groups of older persons to enable them to engage effectively with the machinery of the Charter and to use its jurisprudence in the development of dom...
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ביום 25.02.2008 התקבל בכנסת תיקון 97 לחוק העונשין שבו הוסף סעיף חוק מיוחד הנוגע לתקיפת זקנים. במסגרת כך, הוסף סעיף 368ו, הקובע ענישה מחמירה של חמש שנות מאסר בגין תקיפת זקן הגורמת לו חבלה של ממש, ושבע שנות מאסר בגין תקיפת זקן הגורמת לו חבלה חמורה, כאשר בשני המקרים יחויב בית המשפט להטיל עונש מאסר שלא יהיה בהיעדר טעמים מיוחדים שיירשמו, כולו על תנאי....
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Background. Cognition and motor skills are interrelated throughout the aging process and often show simultaneous deterioration among older adults with cognitive decline. Co-dependent training has the potential to ameliorate both domains; however, its effect on the gait and cognition of older adults with cognitive decline has yet to be explored. The...
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This short document provides some insights regarding the issues around Care and Support for Older Persons in the Post Covid-19 era.
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Courts conceptualize and construct the phenomenon of consumer rights violations against older people in different ways. This qualitative analysis of court decisions explores the meanings that Israeli courts have attributed to the fact that the victim was an older consumer. Specific objectives include determining whether existing consumer protection...
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The Anglo-Israel Colloquium in November 2019, Jerusalem, was a collaboration including Jewish and Arab-Israelis, Palestinians, and British participants arranged to drive forward the agenda for addressing inequalities within our populations as they age. This Colloquium brought together scholars, policy-makers, and service providers in the field of a...
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The global increase of the older population has led to a greater demand for long term support services (LTSS) that address their rights and needs for care. However, policies among countries remain diverse with varying options, services, and recognition of human rights. This study applies the Social Construction of Target Population (SCTP) theory wh...
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Aims and objectives: To deeply understand the significance of love between spouses who live with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) in a familial aspect. Background: While there is extensive empirical knowledge on the subject of AD, as well as about love, little is known about love in old age, and even less is known about love between spouses who live with A...
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Gero-historical research is an interdisciplinary field which seeks to focus on old age and older people from a historical perspective. The goal of the present study is to map gero-historical sources regarding the Yishuv society in Palestine, to establish key questions in the field, and to present preliminary research findings. The research method i...
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Background: Guardianship is a legal framework designed to protect people who are unable to take care of their own affairs. However, this legal instrument can significantly infringe human rights and independence. Various studies in the field have pointed to the complex dimensions of guardianship. However, so far, very limited space have been given t...
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The debate around ethics review boards (IRBs) has assumed an increasingly central place in academic practice and discourse. In this article, we summarize a unique workshop (study-group) that convened at the University of Haifa, attended by 27 academics from around the globe, representing nine countries in four continents. The participants presented...
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Contemporary human society faces unprecedented forces that will strongly effect the future. One major such force is the accelerated ageing of populations. This is driven by two interacting components: falling fertility leading to an increase in the average age of the population; and falling mortality, leading to an increase in the number and percen...
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A quote from Eppler-Hattab, R. (2019). What is an ‘age friendly’ workplace and how to identify it (in Hebrew). Generations, 207, 26-27.
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In Israel, as in many other countries, local government is the arena in which national policies are carried out and through which direct social services are provided to the older population. However, issues around local ageing policies have yet to be studied in terms of understanding the role of the heads of these local communities. This study desc...
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This paper examines how the rights of older persons have been ignored and denied in many responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and how a convention that protects the rights of older persons everywhere would help build societies that are fair and just for all. This paper has been developed by an informal group brought together on their own initiative t...
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Background and Objectives Measuring the extent to which the culture of organizations can be considered age-friendly is a significant anchor in the constructive inclusion process of older workers in workplaces, given the consistent aging of the workforce. Hence, the purpose of this research was to develop a novel, comprehensive, and theoretically-dr...
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This article presents a critical discussion of the legal institution of adult guardianship in Israel. Based on a critical discourse analysis' study of official guardianship reports for older adults submitted by social workers to family courts in Israel, findings reveal how guardianship institutional procedures construct the personal life stories of...
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Advocacy for the human rights of older people in the COVID pandemic and beyond: a call to mental health professionals - Carmelle Peisah, Andrew Byrnes, Israel (Issi) Doron, Michael Dark, Gerard Quinn
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Similar to feminism, (or at least some streams of feminism), "ageivism" as will be presented and defined in this chapter, is a term which describes a social cause and a call for social action that attempts to liberate older persons from the social oppression which stems from the social construction of old age (i.e. ageism). It embraces social activ...
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Ageism is a key challenge to today’s aging societies. “Dialogue with Time” is an original Israeli interactive museum exhibit that aims to change negative ageist attitudes by creating a meaningful and stereotype-breaking encounter between visitors and old age. The objective of this study was to examine whether the exhibition reduces ageist attitudes...
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Early on, geriatricians in Israel viewed with increasing alarm the spread of COVID‐19. It was clear that this viral disease exhibited a clear predilection for and danger to older persons. Informal contacts began with senior officials from the country's Ministry of Health, the Israel Medical Association and the country's largest Health Fund; this in...
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Twenty-five years have passed since my first exposure to the field of “elder law.” From a “young” master’s student I have become a law professor and a gerontologist who specializes in law and aging. The journey I have personally experienced in the last quarter-century provided me with some perspective regarding the field of elder law (or, as I pref...
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Creating age-friendly workplace environments is considered a central organizational approach for addressing the challenges of supporting an aging and older workforce. However, there are no concrete definitions or theoretical frameworks that explain the full meaning, assumptions, and basic processes of this concept. This article critically reviews t...
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Twenty-five years have passed since my first exposure to the field of “elder law.” From a “young” master’s student I have become a law professor and a gerontologist who specializes in law and aging. The journey I have personally experienced in the last quarter-century provided me with some perspective regarding the field of elder law (or, as I pref...
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Nonprofit organizations (NPOs; also known sometimes as NGOs or non-governmental organizations) that provide legal consultation and representation for older persons are important in making legal services accessible to the older population. These NPOs specialize in elder issues, with an additional range of activity that includes education and informa...
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The demographic structure of developed societies is changing, and rates of older persons are constantly increasing. Thus, Article 25 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights the European Union already recognised and respected the rights of older people to lead a life of dignity and independence, and to participate in social and cultural life. According...
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This paper was prepared as a submission to the United Nations General Assembly Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing, which is considering the desirability of the development of a new international treaty on the human rights of older persons. The paper explores issues relating to the participation of older persons in the labour market, in particular t...
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This paper was prepared as a submission to the United Nations General Assembly Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing, which is considering the desirability of the development of a new international treaty on the human rights of older persons. The paper explores issues relating to the participation of older persons in the labour market, in particular t...
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In 2005, Israel enacted a brand new law, known as The Dying Patient Act. The new legislation intended to legally resolve and regulate the complex issue of passive euthanasia in Israel. However, this new law is limited only to "dying patients," i.e., patients who suffer from incurable illnesses with a life expectancy of less than six months. This li...
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Grief and mourning for family members caring for a dementia patient begin with the initial changes in the person's cognitive abilities, and intensify with the worsening of his or her condition. The aim of this article is to propose a Two-Track Model of Dementia Grief (TTM-DG). This model enlarges the theoretical, research and clinical lenses for de...
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Creating age-friendly workplace environments is considered a central organizational approach for addressing the challenges of supporting an aging and older workforce. However, there are no concrete definitions or theoretical frameworks that explain the full meaning, assumptions and basic processes of this concept. This paper critically reviews the...
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In view of the growing need to address the rights of older people as consumers, this study captures the perceptions and meanings that older people attribute to their experiences as older consumers, particularly regarding consumer fraud, using qualitative-phenomenological methodology based on semi-structured, open-ended interviews with 16 older cons...
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Background: The health care aide position embodies one of the most basic paradoxes of long-term care for older adults: those who have the most contact and most intensive interaction with nursing-home residents are also those having the least training, authority, and status within the system. They therefore hold one of the keys to quality care in ma...
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Creating age-friendly workplace environments is considered a central organizational approach for addressing the challenges of supporting an aging and older workforce. However, there are no concrete definitions or theoretical frameworks that explain the full meaning, assumptions, and basic processes of this concept. This article critically reviews t...
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Europe is ageing. However, in many European countries, and in almost all fields of life, older persons experience discrimination, social exclusion, and negative stereotypes that portray them as different or a burden to society. This pivotal book is the first of its kind, providing a rich and diverse analysis of the inter-relationships between agein...
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Aim This study described and analyzed how older residents, professional nurses, and unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP) perceive the meaning and content of the job carried out by UAP in nursing homes (NHs), as a basis for job analysis. Background Increasing numbers of NH beds and financial restraints have led UAP to become a significant part of t...
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On July 25, 2017 the European Court of Human Rights (the ECtHR or “the Court”) gave its decision in the case of Carvalho Pinto de Sousa Morais v. Portugal. The Court found, in a majority ruling, that Portugal had violated Article 14 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR), which prohibits discrimination, as well as Article 8, which protec...
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This article describes and discusses a novel academic course founded by the Faculty of Welfare and Health Studies at the University of Haifa, Israel, which tried to establish an alternative interaction between graduate students and older persons as part of its graduate academic program. The course “Social Activism and Old Age: From Exclusion to Inc...
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Background and objectives: Over the last 2 decades, several international indices have been developed to describe the status of older persons. None, however, have examined their human rights. The International Older Persons' Human Rights Index (IOPHRI) fills in this gap by analyzing the formal legislative foundation of human rights for older peopl...
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Background: Academics have long called for greater interaction between gerontologists and legal scholars. However, prior studies have suggested that disciplinary borders remain a barrier to such interaction, hampering gerontology's ability to function as a truly multi- or interdisciplinary field. Objective: This study was designed to understand...
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This article argues that it is not enough to focus on the social policies of "Active Aging" or study the social phenomena of "Ageism", but rather it is time to move and develop a new ideology of age and aging: AGEIVISM.
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A report on an Israeli workshop held in 2018 at the University of Haifa, funded by the ISF - Israeli Science Foundation, around the important topic of the past, present, and future of IRBs (or ERBs) - the ethical review boards of research - in the field of the social sciences.
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Social phenomena that have an impact on European societies, such as ageism, can be explored and better understood by looking at the ways in which the law incorporates, supports, or attempts to oppose them. This chapter – which is the first of three different contributions in this book concerned with the legal aspects of ageism in Europe – provides...
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The world is aging, and the percentages of older people are on a dramatic ascent. This dramatic demographic aging of human society is not gender neutral; it is mostly about older women. One of the key policy approaches to address the aging revolution is known as "active aging," crystalized by the WHO in 2002 by three pillars: participation, health,...
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This is the 2nd attempt to present the foundation of AGEIVISM.
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Background Individuals with dementia may appear before the courts in different roles. Despite the growing interest in the rights of older persons with dementia, relatively little empirical data exist regarding their actual interactions and experiences in court. Methods This study used a qualitative, textual analysis methodology. A total of 281 Isr...
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Critical perspectives to active aging have developed in recent years. They have attempted to reveal how "active aging" works to preserve existing social power-relationships and enforce capitalistic and male-oriented values of production and independence. These critiques have emphasized alternative values such as care and inter-dependence, which wer...
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The aim of this interdisciplinary study is to describe and analyse the meaning of love in relationships between couples living with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Despite the wealth of studies describing relationships in the face of AD, little is known about the experience and changing meaning of ‘love’ between spouses when one of them is suffering from...
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The aim of this interdisciplinary study is to describe and analyze the meaning of love in relationships between couples living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Despite the wealth of studies describing relationships in the face of AD, little is known about the experience and changing meaning of "love" between spouses when one of them is suffering from...
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Self-neglect amongst older adults is a social and health phenomenon that is attracting increased research interest in recent years. Very little empirical attention has been devoted to evaluating intervention programmes in this field. The aim of this qualitative study was to explore the meaning attributed to elder self-neglect by social workers (n=1...
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Health is measured by subjective or self- perceived health as well as by objective parameters as the number of chronic illnesses or physical limitations. There is a well-established relationship between socioeconomic status and health indicating that individuals with lower income are likely to be less healthy than those with high income. Factors su...
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Scholars have long called for elder law to become part of the larger study of gerontology. The authors conducted a qualitative, empirical study to determine the extent of connections between the fields of gerontology and elder law and to identify strategies for bridging gaps between the fields. As reported in this Article, we found that although bo...
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This study investigated ageism among healthcare professionals in various therapeutic settings in Israel. Using a qualitative approach, the current study aimed to examine similarities and differences across healthcare disciplines. Three focus groups were conducted with physicians, nurses, and social workers. Data from each focus group were analyzed...
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Background Individuals with dementia may appear before the court in different roles: as victims, as witnesses, and as those standing up for their rights. While there is growing interest in the rights of older persons with dementia, relatively little empirical data exists regarding their actual interactions in courts. Therefore, the goal of this stu...
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Since the nineteenth century, the world’s population of older persons has increased dramatically. Older persons now comprise nearly twenty percent of the world’s population, and will likely comprise nearly thirty percent of it by 2040. Because of this increase, there has been a surge of interest in the development of Composite Indicators aimed at m...
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This chapter analyzes the applicability of the supportive decision making model to older persons.
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Walking is a central form of physical activity among older adults that is associated with the physical environment at various scales. This mixed-methods study employs a concurrent nested design to explore objective and perceived environmental characteristics of older adults' local walking routes. This was achieved by integrating quantitative Geogra...
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The right to leisure is recognized as a human right under the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The actual meaning and material content of this human right is subject to debate. The aim of this study is to examine the extent and the context to which this human right is specifically recognized with regards to older persons....
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The expected increase in the number of people living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) worldwide will be accompanied by an increase in the number of cases involving persons with AD brought up to the courts. This study examined the perceptions and experiences of social workers and lawyers regarding these cases. Three focus groups including social worker...
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In 2013 the Israeli Ministry of Health appointed a public committee to examine the policy of placing an age limitation on candidates listed for organ transplantation. The committee rejected the use of an age limit criterion for listing candidates for transplantation and recommended to abolish it. However, opinions differed regarding the use of reci...
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The purpose of this article is to present the challenges and findings of a preliminary attempt to create a national “measurement” tool for ageism. We conducted on a random sample of 92 participants and used three ways of measuring ageism. This was the first time that the components of knowledge, attitudes and behaviour were combined within the fram...
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Objective: To explore the meaning and consequences of labeling on structural stigma in the context of Alzheimer's disease (AD) in the legal system. Method: This qualitative study was made up of three focus groups including social workers and lawyers (n = 26). Participants were asked to report their experience in circumstances in which persons wi...
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Objectives: To develop a better understanding of the right to health in old age through the personal knowledge and experience of older persons and professionals in Israel. Methods: A qualitative research method was adopted based on focus groups. Information was collected through four focus groups with 33 participants. Results: Three main theme...
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In this article, we present a short case study based on an incident that occurred in Israel several years ago. The incident did not reach the courts but was made public by the family members of the older woman at the center of it. The family argued that the actions taken by one of the parties involved should have been defined as elder abuse, but no...
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This chapter provides a description of Israel's regulatory structure of residential care for older persons as well as a critical analysis of it.
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The article describes the legal rights of older persons members of the LGBTQ community in Israel.
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This study examines the significance that is provided by older caretakers of the elderly at Matav Association who continue working past retirement age. The uniqueness of this study is its ability to touch on the connection between the world of the elderly and the world of employment and examine it in a quality environment of older caregivers. This...
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In light of the general regional developments in the field of human rights for older persons, and in light of the relatively limited research literature on older persons’ rights in Africa, in this article, we will attempt to examine a relatively narrow research question: To what extent are issues of human rights for older persons expressed in activ...
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Law and aging is a new and developing field of knowledge. It is both multi- and interdisciplinary by nature. It combines theoretical and practical knowledge from the fields of law, gerontology, and geriatrics. It focuses not only on legal interests of older persons and their family members, but also on substantive legal issues, which are of importa...
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Objective: This study seeks to examine the applicability of the Dual-Process Model of Ideology, Politics, and Prejudice (DPM) as a theoretical explanatory frame-work to ageism. Methods: The study is based on a secondary analysis of the European Social Survey (ESS), a quantitative project established in 2001 that includes 34 European countries. T...
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Background: Aging with intellectual disability has become an important topic in light of the significant increase in life expectancy of this population. More specifically, the combination of gender, age and intellectual disability raises unique social issues. Aim: The aim of this research was to capture and analyze the aging experience of women wit...
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The legal concept of “amicus curiae" (friend of the court) was unknown in Israeli law until the year 1999, when in the course of a well-known legal case, the Kuzli case, the Israeli Supreme Court adopted this common-law instrument into Israeli law. Almost fifteen years have passed since the legal precedent set in the Kuzli case, in which the criter...
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In any aging society, the sociolegal construction of intergenerational relationships is of great importance. This study conducts an international comparison of a specific judicial issue: whether active labor unions have the legal right to strike for the purpose of improving the benefits given to nonactive workers (specifically, pensioners). A compa...
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The concept of legal guardianship over older persons has transformed in recent years in Israel as well as other countries. The goal of this article was to review the dynamic developments in this field and propose critical observations in this field in general, and within the context of Israeli law in specific.
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Background: The rise in life expectancy has placed grandparents at higher risk to experience losing a grandchild. Objectives: To examine the ways grandparents experience the loss of a grandchild. Methods: Twelve grandparents were interviewed based on an interview guide and phenomenologically analyzed. Findings: Three main themes were found: the los...
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Introduction: End-stage renal disease is considered to be a complex chronic disease. It significantly impacts the quality of life of both patients and their families. The rise of life expectancy increased the number of older persons with end-stage renal disease. The aging of the population has also contributed the social phenomenon of "ageism". Goa...
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I believe that as of today, we are all well into our journey for our own "Ithaka", i.e., a journey towards a new international convention for the rights of older persons. This journey can be understood as a combination of four different "journeys": a demographic journey –where the world is transforming into an aging world; a social justice journey...
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This chapter presents current trends in the field of law and aging, and proposes several directions for future development