Older Israelis have certainly seen harder times. Many are Holocaust survivors and veterans of Israel's six wars. Jewish tradition emphasizes respect for the elderly and Israel has always made meeting their needs a priority. Perhaps the most important difference between Israel and the United States regarding the elderly is that the former has a comprehensive health care system that eliminates the element of fear about the cost of services.
The Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Israeli Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MLSA) makes joint projects to help the elderly one of its areas of concern. For example: