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Community Centers and the Elderly: An American and Israeli Comparison

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Publication Date: January 1985

Publisher(s): American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee; Brookdale Institute on Aging and Adult Human Development

Author(s): Howard Litwin

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Health (Health services for older people)

Keywords: Israeli Jews; North American Jews; Elderly

Type: Report

Coverage: Israel


The study compared the structure and content of programs and services for the elderly in community centers in Israel and North America. Based on a study of 60 centers in Israel and a pilot study of seven centers in North America, the Israeli centers were found to have higher rates of participation, while the American centers were found to employ workers with higher degrees of gerontological training and be less dependent on government and community services.