ILC-Israel's members have been working on many research projects. This year we have already published a variety of research articles on gerontological subjects related to the Coronavirus, stress, cognitive performance, pulmonary disease, ageism, physical balance, and more.

A Current Study Related to the Coronavirus

In Israel, due to the high percentage of people receiving the second vaccination, the corona pandemic has declined significantly and life is returning to normal. We are currently working on analyzing the data of a study on the effects of the pandemic on the mental health and wellbeing of older adults in Israel. In our study we compare the pandemic-related experiences of two groups of older adults aged 75+: holocaust survivors and a control group. We hypothesize that holocaust survivors are a socially weaker group and therefore may be more vulnerable to negative mental health effects from the corona virus pandemic.

Brief List of Recent Publications by Members of ILC Israel

Sara Carmel:

Carmel, S., & Tur-Sinai, A. (2021). Cognitive decline among European retirees: Impact of early retirement, nation-related and personal characteristics. Ageing and Society, 1-27. doi:10.1017/S0144686X21000064
Norm O’Rourke:

O’Rourke, N., Sixsmith, A., Kirshner, G., & Osher, Y. (2021). Perceived cognitive errors and quality of life for older adults with bipolar disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 287, 433-440.

Goral, A., Feder-Bubis, P., Lahad, M., Sando, G., O’Rourke, N., & Aharonson-Daniel, L. (in press). Development and initial validation of the Continuous Traumatic Stress Response Scale among adults exposed to persistent security threats. PloS ONE.

Ella Cohn-Schwartz:

De la Fuente-Núñez, V., Cohn-Schwartz, E., Roy, S., & Ayalon, L. (2021). Scoping review on ageism against younger populations. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Khalaila, R., Vitman-Schorr, A., & Cohn-Schwartz, E. (2021). A prospective association between tooth status and cognitive performance among older adults in Europe. Aging and Mental Health. 1-8.

Cohn-Schwartz, E., & Ayalon, L. (2021). COVID-19 Protective Behaviors: The Role of Living Arrangements and Localities. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 1-5.

Shapira S., Yeshua-Katz D., Cohn-Schwartz, E., Aharonson-Daniel, L., Sarid O., & Clarfield AM. (2021). A pilot randomized controlled trial of a group intervention via Zoom to relieve loneliness and depressive symptoms among older persons during the COVID-19 outbreak. Internet Interventions-The Application of Information Technology in Mental and Behavioral Health, 100368.

Yaacov Bachner:

Samson, T., Bachner, Y. G., & Freud, T. (2021). Thought Patterns Mediate the Development of Secondary Traumatic Stress in Social Workers. Australian Social Work, 1-12.‏

Bachner, Y. G., Guldin, M. B., & Nielsen, M. K. (2021). Mortality communication and post-bereavement depression among Danish family caregivers of terminal cancer patients. Supportive Care in Cancer, 29(4), 1951-1958.‏

Vadim Fraifeld:

Samaha, E., Vierlinger, K., Weinhappel, W., Godnic-Cvar, J., Nöhammer, C., Koczan, D., Thiesen, H. J., Yanai, H., Fraifeld, V. E., Ziesche, R. (2021). Expression profiling suggests loss of surface integrity and failure of regenerative repair as major driving forces for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease progression. American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology, 64(4), 441-452. doi: 10.1165/rcmb.2020-0270OC

Kulaga, A. Y., Ursu, E., Toren, D., Tyshchenko, V., Guinea, R., Pushkova, M., Fraifeld, V. E., Tacutu, R. (2021). Machine learning analysis of longevity-associated gene expression landscapes in mammals. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 22(3), 1073. doi: 10.3390/ijms22031073
David, E., Wolfson, M., Fraifeld, V. E. (2021). Background radiation impacts human longevity and cancer mortality: reconsidering the linear no-threshold paradigm. Biogerontology, 22(2), 189-195. doi: 10.1007/s10522-020-09909-4

Yan Press:

Kolushev, I., Punchik, B., Digmi, D., Haiman, K., Ritsner, M., Moller, O., … & Press, Y. (2021). Ageism, aging, anxiety, and death and dying anxiety among doctors and nurses in southern Israel. Rejuvenation Research.‏

Punchik, B., Tkacheva, O., Runikhina, N., Sharashkina, N., Ostapenko, V., Samson, T., … & Press, Y. (2021). Ageism among physicians and nurses in Russia. Rejuvenation Research.‏

Itshak Melzer:

Nachmani, H., Paran, I., Salti, M., Shelef, I., & Melzer, I. (2021). Examining Different Motor Learning Paradigms for Improving Balance Recovery Abilities Among Older Adults, Random versus Block training–study protocol of a Randomized Non-Inferiority Controlled Trial. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 15, 37.‏

Batcir, S., Lubovsky, O., Bachner, Y. G., & Melzer, I. (2021). The effects of bicycle simulator training on anticipatory and compensatory postural control in older adults: study protocol for a single-blind randomized controlled trial. Frontiers in neurology, 11, 1869.‏

Handelzalts, S., Chen-Steinberg, F., Soroker, N., Shani, G., & Melzer, I. (2021). Characteristics of upper-extremity reactions to sudden lateral loss of balance in persons with stroke. Clinical biomechanics, 82, 105255.‏
Batcir, S., Livne, Y., Lehman, R. L., Edelman, S., Schiller, L., Lubovsky, O., … & Melzer, I. (2021). Development and piloting of a perturbation stationary bicycle robotic system that provides unexpected lateral perturbations during bicycling (the PerStBiRo system). BMC geriatrics, 21(1), 1-15.‏


"Let the elderly be included, they matter" is the message that Tineke Abma would like to convey. On Friday, June 23, she delivered her inaugural lecture 'The Art of Belonging' following her appointment as professor of Elderly Participation at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. This is a brief summary of her inaugural speech.

Members of the ILC Global Alliance got together at the IFA’s 16th Global Conference on Ageing in Bangkok, Thailand, last June. Representatives of ILCs from Canada, Singapore, United Kingdom, South Africa and Australia, as well as ILC GA Secretariat Silvia Perel-Levin, attended the conference.

In the forum moderated by HLPF Chair Lachezara Stoeva, President, UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Ovide Mercredi and other participants discussed the effective and inclusive recovery measures to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and explore actionable policy guidance for the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs at all levels. Speaking as an older Cree man, who has spent his adult life fighting for the rights of First Nations people, Ovide challenged Member States to commit to real change by addressing the SDG goals in a comprehensive manner.