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Bar Ilan University


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Liat Ayalon, PhD, is a researcher in the School of Social Work, at Bar Ilan University, Israel. Prof. Ayalon coordinates an international EU funded Ph.D. program on the topic of ageism ( She is also the Israeli PI of the EU funded MascAge program to study ageing masculinities in literature and cinema. Between 2014 and 2018, Prof. Ayalon has led an international research network on the topic of ageism, funded through COST (Cooperation in Science and Technology; COST IS1402, She consults both national and international organizations concerning the development and evaluation of programs and services for older adults.

Research interests

Ageism, depression, sexuality, formal and informal care, migrant care

Research projects on COVID and Long-Term Care

Ayalon, L., & Avidor, S. (2021). ‘We have become prisoners of our own age’: from a continuing care retirement community to a total institution in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. Age and ageing50(3), 664-667.

Avidor, S., & Ayalon, L. (2021). “I Didn’t Meet My Mother; I Saw My Mother”: The Challenges Facing Long-Term Care Residents and Their Families in the Age of COVID-19. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 07334648211037099.

Ayalon, L., Zisberg, A., Cohn-Schwartz, E., Cohen-Mansfield, J., Perel-Levin, S., & Siegal, E. B. A. (2020). Long-term care settings in the times of COVID-19: challenges and future directions. International psychogeriatrics32(10), 1239-1243.


LTCcovid webinar presentations

Avidor. S., & Ayalon., L. (November, 2021). The Challenges Faced By Long-Term Care Residents and Their Families During COVID-19. Paper presented as part of a symposium by Wyman at the Gerontological Society of America Annual meeting. Phoenix, Arizona (weibinar)

11/2021- Ageism and its impact on mental health during the pandemic. The Silver Forum: Mental health and social wellbeing. United Nations Population Funds, Belarus (webinar)

11/2021-Ageism its impact on the mental health of older people. World Psychiatric Association (webinar)


9/2021- Ageism: Its manifestation and impact on older people’s mental health. Regional IPA/JPS meeting (webinar)

 3/2021-An international perspective on ageism. Ageism and human rights. Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, Canada (webinar)

9/2021-What worked and what didn’t work: Mental health of older adults in the pandemic. GSA COVID Conversation (webinar)

11/2020-Older adults’ panel. The International Summit on domestic/family violence during the COVID-19 era. International webinar.



9/2020- Older adults in long term care. Israel Alzheimer’s Association annual meeting. EMDA, Israel (webinar)   


Key publications

Ayalon., L., Peisah, C., de Mendonça Lima., C., Verbeek., H., & Rabheru., K. (2021). Ageism and the

state of older people with mental conditions during the pandemic and beyond:

Manifestations, etiology, consequences, and future directions. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

Ayalon, L. (2020). There is nothing new under the sun: Ageism and intergenerational tension in the age of the COVID-19 outbreak. International Psychogeriatrics, 1-11.

Ayalon, L., Chasteen, A., Diehl, M., Levy, B., Neupert, S. D., Rothermund, K., … & Wahl, H. W. (2020). Aging in Times of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Avoiding Ageism and Fostering Intergenerational Solidarity. The Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences 

Ayalon, L. & Tesch-Roemer, C. (Eds.) (2018). Contemporary perspectives on ageism. Berlin, Germany: Springer.


LTCCovid contributions

LTCcovid International Living Report on COVID-19 and Long-Term Care