When I was 20 years old, I was involved in a severe car accident that led me to a profound understanding of human frailty. This understanding made me look for ways to make my years on this planet meaningful and helpful for frail individuals.

I dedicate my life to exploring how aging well may help decrease frailty in later life. I have authored over 100 articles published in leading scientific journals and collective volumes, and presented in numerous national and international conferences.

Whereas a lot of my work is theoretical, it has a clear and practical aspiration. By educating students, practitioners and policymakers about the means for aging well, I aim to support the development of adequate services and technologies that can contribute to a better quality of life for older individuals.

“Deep down, I am a hippie trying to make the world a better place.

My interdisciplinary research combines knowledge and methods from fields including sociology, psychology, gerontology, communication, culture studies, social work, health sciences, and computer and robotics engineering.

I was thus an absolute “non-mainstream” and struggled to find an academic home. I was fortunate to get a position at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, which not only accepts this kind of research but also endorses it.

While working on my recently published book, The Aging of Aquarius: The Hippies of the 60s in Their 60s and Beyond, I realized that deep down, I am a hippie trying to make the world a better place. When I discover an exciting model for aging well, such as the hippie model, I write about it in a friendly manner accessible to academics and non-academics alike.

I plan to increase my involvement in national and international organizations focusing on the older population and, hopefully, age well while doing so.