TEL AVIV - Life expectancy in Israel ranks among the highest in the world, according to 2004 statistics recently published by the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute.
The life expectancy rate of Israeli men is among the highest of all developed countries and stands just one year below Japan's, which holds the highest life expectancy rate in the world.
However, the life expectancy rate of Israeli women remains four years lower than Japan's and places Israel 18th in the world in this category.
Also, the life expectancy rate among Jews is higher than that of the Arab population: Jewish males live an average of three years longer than Arab males, while Jewish women live four years longer than Arab women on average.
Local elderly satisfied with their lives
The data show elderly Jews constitute some 16 percent of the global Jewish population, and 75 percent of them are 75 years old and above.
Some two-thirds of all elderly Jews in the Diaspora reside in North America.
On the local front, statistics show Bat Yam, Givatayim, Ramat Gan and Haifa hold the highest percentage of elderly people in the country; all in all, some 670,000 elderly people lived in Israel in 2003, representing 9.9 percent of the population.
Statistics show 77 percent of the country's elders have expressed general satisfaction with their lives; elderly folk visit the doctor about 15 times a year on average, compared with only seven visits made by the general population, the data show.