Centre of Excellence for Research on Environment, Health and Aging

Workshop on Social, Health and Economic aspects of Aging  December 1-2, 2013

Workshop on Social, Health and Economic aspects of Aging December 1-2, 2013

 Workshop participants can download the workshop summary here

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The workshop gathered 50 participants from all over Israel and from multiple disciplines and fields – medicine, public health, social gerontology, social work, basic science, and economics.  A wide variety of institutions were represented - hospitals, research institutes, universities, colleges, the Ministry of Health (Israel), the Israeli National Insurance Institute, the Joint Distribution Committee – ESHEL, and the TAUB Center. Three European (Denmark and Germany) researchers and two guests from Vietnam also attended. All gatheredfor two days of intensive interdisciplinary discussions related to aging.


Each day of the workshop featured keynote speakers from different fields and the first day included a panel of distinguished experts (see list below).  In addition we had fascinating tour of the Galilee Veteran Centre.


The core of the workshop was the deliberations conducted at six “round-tables” each integrating different themes related to social, health and economic aspects of aging:



TABLE 1A:  Active Aging and Macro Issues

TABLE 1B:  Frailty and Aging in Place

TABLE 1C: Specific Health Conditions and Health Promotion


TABLE 2A: Active Aging and Health Promotion

TABLE 2B:  Macro Issues and Frailty         

TABLE 2C:  Specific Health Conditions and Aging in Place







The primary objective of roundtables was to develop the basis for developing new interdisciplinary research collaborations and funding proposals.  Each two hour session was moderated and involved between 10-15 participants (including the moderator and rapporteur).  Discussions continued during breaks, lunches and dinner.  Following each session, summaries to the general assembly and further discussed We succeeded in putting forward a number focussed  topics and several research questions around which collaborations can be developed for target calls (for example, Horizon 2020).


The main challenge of the workshop was engaging many participants from different fields – some with a great deal of experience in interdisciplinary research and others with none. Among the accomplishments was the initiating of an important dialogue, introducing not only individual researchers to each other, but also diverse fields.  This is particularly important for bridging the natural science, the social science and the clinical communities. The real impact will be in harnessing the momentum, refining research questions, identifying research calls and concluding focused collaborations capable of attracting funding and carrying out innovative, interdisciplinary research. 


All participants are therefore invited to submit their ideas for continuing the discussions we have all begun.  Shortly we will be sending summaries of the conclusions of each session and a form requesting your feedback.  


Keynote Speakers and Panel Participants: Prof. Yossi Tamir, Director ESHEL, Joint Distribution Committee Israel; Prof Shlomo Mor-Yosef, Director General, National Insurance Institute; Prof Ayal Kimhi, The Hebrew University. and Vice Chair, Taub Center; Dr Bishara Bisharat, Medical Director of The Nazareth Hospital EMMS.; Prof Jacob Gindin, co-chair Collaborative Alliance on Aging in WHO.The Panel was moderated by Prof Ariela Lowenstein, President, Max Stern Yezreel Valley College.


The Key-note lecturers were:

Prof. Alfonso Sousa-Posa, University of Hohenhaim

"Subjective well-being across the lifespan"

Alfonso Sousa-Poza holds a Full Professorship in Economics at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart (Germany), and is a Director of the Institute for Health Care & Public Management. He is also a permanent guest lecturer in economics at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), a member of the Board of Trustee of the WDA Forum, and a Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA), Bonn.


Dr. Steffen Otterbach, University of Hohenhaim

"Job Insecurity, Employability, and Health: An Analysis for Germany across Generations" Dr. Steffen Otterbach is a post-doc researcher at the Institute of Health Care & Public Management at the University of Hohenheim, Germany, from where he holds a PhD in economics. With a specialization in empirical economics his research interests are in the fields of labor economics and health economics.


Prof. Allan Krasnik, University of Copenhagen

"Preventive medication and healthy ageing - the roles and challenges for the many actors in a Nordic welfare system"

Professor Allan Krasnik, Center Director, Department of Public Health, Section of Health Services Research, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His scientific main interest is health services research with special attention to prevention, evaluation of innovations and changes and the effect on the structure of the health service as to access and health care utilization for different social and ethnic groups. He has published about 165 research publications and articles dealing with these subjects. He has been project leader of a number of research groups.


The PowerPoint presentations are attached.



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