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The New Jewish Elderly: A Literature Review

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Publication Date: January 1991

Publisher(s): American Jewish Committee

Author(s): Allen Glicksman

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Population and demographics (Older people)
Social conditions (Social values)

Keywords: American Jews; Demography; Elderly

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This publication incorporates Judaic and Jewish perspectives into a review of what is currently known about elderly Jews in the United States. The author moves from gerontological to biblical references, reinforcing the message that Jewish elderly differ significantly from American elderly overall because of their Jewishness, and that communal approaches to their support must be firmly rooted in Judaic values. Jewish elderly today are different in socio-economic background, cultural values, and life-style choices from those from the past.