Dr. Adi Vitman Schorr

Environmental Gerontology
Research Interests
Selected Publications


Successful ageing and quality of life in different residential spaces, ageing in place, socio-spatial integration of older adults in their living environments, objective and subjective accessibility, Challenges in getting old in the periphery, differences in ethnographic-geographical access to various social security nursing benefits


My main ​​research field is Environmental and Spatial Gerontology, meaning the exploration of various aspects of aging, while focusing on its spatial-geographical nature in the broad sense. It involves the investigation of the changing human aspect - different population groups, different cultures - as well as examining the changing spatial-geographical aspects, i.e., different types of settlements, different areas, the suburbs vs. the city, established areas compared to less established areas, and rural vs. urban regions.

So far, my research has dealt with various issues: the connection between the physical and human environments and the socio-spatial integration of older adults in their living environments. One of the focal points in my studies is the assessment of older adult accessibility perception in different settlement types, with reference to physical-objective and subjective accessibility, and the impact of both aspects on quality of life and well-being. My research also deals with various aspects of nursing care in Arab societies, Internet use and social networking among Arab, Russian and Jewish older adults, and different life characteristics of older adults in small settlements and cooperative settlements.

Recently, I have begun addressing the differences in ethnographic-geographical access to various social security nursing benefits (nursing care and day-care visits) and how geographical location and ethnic affiliation are associated with the ability to use these benefits, and the connection of these two aspects (geographical location and ethnic affiliation) on quality of life, loneliness and depression.

Older adults’ mental maps of the spatial environment: Exploring differences between adult day care centers and continuing care retirement communities in cities and kibbutz areas

Journal of Housing and the Built Environment

Vitman- Schorr, A., Ayalon, L. (2020)
The changing status of Arab women as it reflects in their role as main caregivers

Journal of Family Issues. online.

Vitman- Schorr, A., Ayalon, L. (2020)
Perception of the periphery by its residents of different cultural backgrounds in Israel

Journal of Migration and Border Studies. (accepted, still without journal number)

Shamai, S., Gorbatkin, D., Arnon, S., Vitman Schorr, A. (2019)
Aging in place and quality of life among the elderly in Europe: A moderated mediation model

Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 77, 196- 204

Vitman Schorr, A., Khalaila, R. (2018)
Social Integration of older adults in the periphery of Israel in two different settlement type (rural vs. urban)

Journal of Rural and Community Development, 13(1), 85- 104

Vitman Schorr, A. (2018)
Internet use, social networks, loneliness and quality of life among adults aged 50 and older: Mediating and moderating effects

Quality of Life Research, 27(2), 479- 489

Khalaila, R., Vitman Schorr, A. (2017)
Perceived accessibility to services and sites among Israeli older adults

Journal of Applied Gerontology, 38(1), 112- 137.

Vitman- Schorr, A., Ayalon, L., & Khalaila, R. (2017)