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The gerontologists' lecture series is a continuing education program, designed for professionals who interact with the aged population. Its purpose is to provide the participants with new and updated gerontological knowledge, while relating it to everyday professional practice. Each lecture series includes three meetings (four lectures in each), given by experts from the academy or from the professional fields of related disciplines such as psychology, sociology, medicine, nursing, and social work.

Every year, a main topic is chosen from a multidisciplinary perspective. This year the chosen theme was: Between the inner and the external sphere: Creating meaning in the ever-changing reality of old age. Participants in this continuing education program of 2019 included about 65 professionals in fields of social services and health care such as nurses, social workers, physicians, psychologists, and various caregivers.

Program:

20.5.19

Ms. Sharon Ost-Mor, an occupational therapist and doctoral student in gerontology: Between positive solitude and loneliness

Ms. Sarit Okon (doctoral student in gerontology): The contribution of online spiritual community to the quality of life at old age

Dr. Sharon Ramer-Biel, a sociologist, anthropologist, lecturer and aging counselor: On loneliness in old age

Dr. Keren Mazuz: Medical anthropologist, consultant and lecturer: Innovativeness in the changing realm of old age

3.6.19

Mr. Moti Nativ: A retired IDF colonel, certified Feldenkrais practitioner, and martial arts expert: Developing awareness through motion and spirit with Feldenkrais techniques

Ms. Shivi Isman: doctoral student at New York University, a lecturer on visual sociology and founder of the Institute of Visual Research in Israel: Seeing differently: The “story-photography” method for growth in old age

Ms. Iris Kleinman-Haetzni: A clinical psychologist and group facilitator: Psychotherapy in later life as a tool for change and growth

Prof. Jacob Raz: An author, translator and lecturer on East Asia: Aging in the Eastern world in practice

 17.6.19

Dr. Ricardo Tarrasch: A lecturer and researcher on the fields of education, neuroscience and psychology: On mindfulness, attention and old age

Dr. Tami Yaguri: A lecturer and research on existential philosophy, training therapists in the "Art of Meaning" method: Practical attitude for meaningful aging

Ms. Miri Boker: an occupational therapist and film director: Filmmaking as a therapeutic tool

Ms. Shoshi Keisari: a drama therapist, lecturer and doctoral student in gerontology: Art and creation as a space for looking into the life story in old age

Directors of the Herczeg Institute:

1992 - 1997 Founder and first director, Prof. Jacob Lomranz
1997 - 2005 Prof. Haim Hazan
2005 Prof. Hava Golander
2005 - 2012 Prof. Jiska Cohen-Mansfield
Present Prof. Dov Shmotkin

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The founders

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The Herczeg Institute on Aging was founded in 1992

with the generous help of Rosita and Esteban Herczeg