Uprooted in Old Age: Soviet Jews and Their Social Networks in Israel

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Greenwood Press, Jan 1, 1995 - Social Science - 193 pages
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This first-hand empirical study of elderly Soviet Jews who immigrated to Israel during the Great Exodus of 1989 to 1991 demonstrates the double jeopardy of transnational relocation in later life. The book traces the depletions that occurred in the elderly immigrants' social networks and examines the impact of a range of network factors on their personal well-being. Given the dearth of systematic field research into the problems and needs of elderly immigrants, and of this group in particular, gerontologists and sociologists will find this case study invaluable. Students, teachers, policymakers, social service providers, and other professional practitioners will gain from the findings about elderly immigrants' network relationships and from practical suggestions for the planning of effective network interventions on their behalf.

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Immigration in Later Life
Social Support Networks in Old Age
Study Methodology

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HOWARD LITWIN, Associate Professor, Paul Baerwald School of Social Work at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has written at length about social networks, community-based social work, and issues in social gerontology. He is coauthor of (1984) and coeditor of Community and Cooperatives in Participatory Development (1986).

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