Ageing Enrichment Action Research

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We are researching and exploring Jewish ideas, knowledge and insights, in order to create awareness and practical solutions that will enrich the lives of our elders.

Retirement is changing. People are working and living longer. For years efforts to support our seniors have concentrated predominantly on welfare services but now as socio-demographics continue to shift we have been presented with a new challenge. These new realities have given rise to a growing number of older people in our society who are healthy and mobile yet, many of whom  feel isolated and undervalued, and their need for inclusion remains largely unaddressed. In 2012, European year for active ageing, Tag Institute is addressing this vital social issue from a Judaic perspective in order to explore what Jewish thought contributes to ‘ageing well’.

Based around the themes of continual giving, continual meaning and continual learning, Tag Institute has developed 3 innovative programmes that draws on research to date and seeks to test these ideas through practical projects.

  1. Mentoring Experience – This is a project we are currently piloting with Jewish Volunteer Network, the goal of which is to connect the knowledge and experience of our seniors by providing personal insight, direction and support to younger members of the community.
  2. Creative Giving – Together with Jewish Care we are piloting a project that will enable older people to use their creative talents in ways that will allow them to share them with those from the developing world, such as jewellery making and, painting.
  3. Treasured Moments – In conjunction with our partners, we will be creating short films of older people sharing their wisdom in unique and personal ways -through stories, moments or insights – and will be publically available to benefit younger people. Click here to see more.

These projects will enable us to apply our theoretical research to date and learn how these findings can be implemented. In so doing, we will learn more about their impact, thereby generating theoretical and practical knowledge. By helping to enrich people’s lives through our practical efforts, it is our hope that this project will raise the profile of this issue in society and to show how,  at any age, it is possible to make a positive contribution.

This is a new journey for us but it is already evident that important progress has been made towards addressing a significant social challenge.

Advisory Board

Professor Norma Raynes
Chief Executive of Intergen CIC and previous Research Professor, with a background in multi- disciplinary research and development

Professor Harry Moody
Director of Academic Affairs for AARP in Washington, DC and Senior Associate with the International Longevity Center-USA

Rabbi David Sedley
Rabbi, author and highly acclaimed Jewish scholar

Rabbi Dr Yossi Ives
Chair and Director of Tag Institute

Rabbi Dr Akiva Tatz
Senior educator & International author

Rabbi Dayle Friedman
Author, Jewish Visions for Aging; trainer, consultant and spiritual guide at Growing Older

Rabbi Richard Address
Rabbi and Director of Sacred Ageing Project, winner of best practice award for congregation programs from USA National Coalition on Ageing.

Sonia Doeuk
Head of Volunteering & Community Development for  Jewish Care

Rosalind Preston
OBE Previous Chair of Nightingale, a residential care home for elderly Jewish men and women for over 150 years.

Abigail Morris
Chief Executive, Jewish Museum

Rabbi Leibish Heller 
Assistant Rabbi of Kinloss Synagogue


Project Managed by
Lisa Levene