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Type of institution
The Herczeg Institute on Aging at Tel Aviv University was founded in 1992. The Institute fosters interdisciplinary studies on aging, in which its faculty collaborates on research projects with other Tel Aviv University units and with research bodies outside the university in Israel and abroad. In addition, the institute offers gerontological educational activities to the community both on - and off-campus. The Institute also provides professional consulting to various bodies and academic researchers in Israel.
- Development and advancement of aging research - Initiation and execution of research projects on aging - Promotion of scientific discourse on aging among researchers; - Cooperation with other aging-related research establishments in Israel and abroad - Compilation of research tools on Aging in Hebrew - Consultation to researchers and students - Promotion of , professional development of gerontologists and community involvement in gerontology - Dissemination and publication of gerontological knowledge in Israel and abroad
Main research areas
-Prediction of mental health and psychological well-being in old age: This study seeks to identify an interdisciplinary set of factors (sociodemographic, medical, psychological, family, social and environment) that predict mental health and psychological well-being in advanced old age (85 and over). -Life stories of the Israeli old-old: A multicultural perspective: The research represents the multi-ethnic nature of the Israeli scene while reflecting religious divisions, ideological differences, various waves of immigration and critical life events such as the Holocaust. -Long-term effects of trauma and mental health among Holocaust survivors: This extensive study addresses the issue of the long-term effects of trauma on Holocaust survivors as expressed in a variety of physical and psychological dimensions. -The conceptualization of cognitive vitality in old age and its impact on aging processes and disability: This study develops a concept of cognitive vitality that is assumed to facilitate the understanding of cognitive adaptation in old age. -Cognition and metacognition in old age: Following the diversity in cognitive adaptation at old age: This study differentiates between actual cognitive functioning (e.g., as measured by common mini-mental status tests) and metacognition which refers to people's perceived cognitive functioning and the self-beliefs associated with it. -Improving the wellbeing of persons with dementia. A series of studies involve better understanding the perspective of people with dementia and adapting care to that perspective. -Health promotion in the elderly. Studies involve understanding the reasons for loneliness in community dwelling older persons and developing interventions to decrease loneliness. Another study focuses on motivation for exercise and promoting physical activity in older persons in the community. The major thrust of the Institute's research is a combination of diachronic developmental orientations with synchronic situational-contextual analysis. This entails the incorporation of demographic, cultural, health, personality and functional characteristics of aging into integrative biological-psychological-sociological models where parameters on both macro and micro levels are analyzed by quantitative and qualitative research techniques.
The Herczeg Institute on Aging
Tel Aviv UniversityP.O.Box 39040Tel Aviv 69978