Currently, advanced age people (officially defined as age 65 and above) are often at the height of their energies and vitality, enjoying family and friends, and engaging in diverse activities. At this time of their lives, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, proper nutrition, exercise and, of course, attention to health problems as they arise.
The Geriatrics Department
in the Ministry of Health, is responsible for all aspects of the health issues related to advanced age. This includes
- Planning and setting a policy for services for the elderly in the country
- Promotion of health and preventive medicine for the elderly
- Setting of standards for treatment of the elderly in the various facilities
- Control over the quality of the care provided in the HMOs, the general hospitals, and in the various geriatric institutions
- Provision of information on matters concerning health for the elderly.
The website contains information regarding various topics connected to maintaining health and a healthy lifestyle in old age:
- Health Promotion and Preventative Medicine - Maintaining a healthy way of life and prevention of illness and accidents at any age, particularly in old age, contributes to health and independence.
- Medical Rehabilitation for Seniors - Even for the elderly, it is possible to take action to mitigate decline in function. Many elderly persons have returned to full function, even after severe injury. Lack of rehabilitation may cause a person whose function has been impaired to become needy of nursing assistance for everyday functions, even to the extent of requiring long-term hospitalization in a nursing ward.
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease - Dementia is considered to be one of the most severe and cruel health problems. It is caused by a number of degenerative diseases that affect the brain (the most common one being Alzheimer’s disease), which cause a continual and irreversible deterioration in the ability to think and in brain function.
- Long Term Hospitalization for the Elderly - There are times when the medical and functional state of a senior citizen prevents him or her from continuing to receive treatment at home due to the absence of adequate conditions for proper treatment, and the need arises to institutionalize him or her. In the event that a senior citizen is in need of hospitalization in a nursing care department or a dementia department, financial assistance can be obtained from the Ministry of Health under the third addendum to the National Health Insurance Law and in accordance with the procedures of the Ministry of Health.
- Rights of the Elderly and of Family Members Caring for the Elderly - Rights and services provided to elderly persons living in the community and suffering from health problems combined with functional limitations, and rights of family members caring for the elderly.
- Selecting a Nursing Care Institution - Information, tools and considerations - to assist in the selection of a nursing care institution.
- Rights of a Resident in a Nursing Care Institution - The full range of rights and services (Hebrew)
- Information and Guidance regarding Additional Topics
- Profession Information (Hebrew)