On March 19-20, 2017, the Herczeg Institute on Aging hosted a bi-national workshop in collaboration with members from Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. This workshop, entitled Aging Well, brought together experts from diverse fields to discuss concepts of aging and old age from multidisciplinary angles. It was conducted as a continuation of a previous, joint workshop entitled Cultural Aging and held in Düsseldorf on June 2016 under the direction of Prof. Dr. Andrea von Hülsen-Esch, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Prorector for International Relations in Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf. The Aging Well workshop at Tel Aviv University was directed by Prof. Dov Shmotkin, Head of the Herczeg Institute, and Dr. Irit Bluvstein, from the Nursing Department and the Herczeg Institute.

The workshop was a framework for interesting lectures and created a friendly atmosphere of discussion and exchange of views. Following the workshop, a tentative list of possible mutual projects was prepared and distributed among the participants from the respective universities.

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Participating scholars and topics (in order of appearance)


Prof. Ronit Leichtentritt (Tel Aviv University): Structuring time in narratives of older bereaved parents.

Dr. Kfir Ifrah (Tel Aviv University): Old and proud? Adjustment to adulthood and old age among homosexual and bisexual men.

Dr. Rinat Lifshitz (Tel Aviv University): Internet use and well-being in later life: A midway-level approach.

Prof. Dr. Heiner Fangerau (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf): M-health, E-health and ambient assisted living: On the technization of ageing.

Dr. Lilach Lurie (Tel Aviv University): Gender, pension and retirement.

Prof. Jiska Cohen-Mansfield (Tel Aviv University): Addressing the needs: Whose needs and how?

Dr. Morten Wahrendorf (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf): Working conditions across the life course and health at older age.

Prof. Dr. Peter Angerer & PD Dr. Andreas Müller (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf): Aging at work – The role of working conditions, individual strategies and stereotypes.

Prof. Shulamith Kreitler (Tel Aviv University): The meaningfulness of life and the meanings of life: Note the differences.

Prof. Rivka Inzelberg (Tel Aviv University): Art and neurodegeneration.

Prof. Dr. Andrea von Hülsen-Esch (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf):

Research on age stereotypes at the faculty of Arts and Humanities of Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf.

Prof. Dov Shmotkin (Tel Aviv University): The pursuit of happiness in a hostile world: The perspective of aging.

Prof. Silvia Koton & Dr. Irit Bluvstein (Tel Aviv University): Ageism among health care professionals.

Prof. Daphna Hacker (Tel Aviv University): Filial piety, elder parents, and the law.

Dr. Ido Israelowich (Tel Aviv University): The extent of family law during the High Empire: The decision of non tollere as a case in point.

Ms. Hanna Baro (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf): On the materiality of ageing in the visual arts.

Dr. Youssef Masharawi (Tel Aviv University): The aging spine in different cultures: Is it different?