Public policy for supporting employed family caregivers of the elderly: the Israeli case

Erez Cohen, Yael Benvenisti

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The demographic processes that have  been avolving in recent years around the world and Israeli society in particular, associated with the rise in life expectancy and the aging of population, are rasing the depedency ratio  and increasingpublic policy  makers' interest in issues related to caring for the elderly and thier support. These  circumstances have a considerable effect on family member required to  assist  thier aging parents, as they raise the potential support ratio and have an even greater impact on employed family caregivers. This article examined the policy implemented in Israel for providing support and assistance to employed family caregivers assisting ageing parents. It shows that the current policy is relatively limited compared to that of other liberal countries and not compatible with caregivers’ demands and needs. The article calls for implementing an effective public policy for employed family caregivers and suggests ways of formulating such a policy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-449
Number of pages19
JournalIsrael affairs
Issue number3
StatePublished - 3 May 2020


  • Israel
  • elderly
  • employed family caregivers
  • family care
  • long term care
  • public policy


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