Supportive Communities Next Generation
The older adult population in Israel has seen a change in demographics over the past two decades since the original supportive communities' model was developed and disseminated throughout the country. A much larger proportion of this population (80%) are highly active and independent with strong levels of functional ability. The number of older adults who are living into their late 80s and 90s is growing – 90% of whom are choosing to live in the community despite their low levels of functional ability.
The growth of the number of older adults in the coming decades, along with the policy of "aging in the community," requires policy makers in Israel to examine new models of supportive communities. These models need to make the community more accessible to older adults with different profiles and needs.
Since 2016, Eshel has started focusing on developing and piloting four new supportive communities models to address the specific needs among the older adult population in Israel.
The four pilot programs that are included under the Supportive Communities Next Generation program are: