On July 9, a special session of the Knesset committee on Science and Technology was dedicated, for the first time, to strengthening biomedical R&D for healthy longevity, under the title “Strengthening the research and development for improving the quality of life and longevity and prevention of aging-related diseases”. The meeting was held as a part of the special “Day of Senior Citizens” in Knesset, and as a part of the preparation of the “National Master Plan on Aging” led by Member of Knesset Tali Ploskov. The discussion co-organizers were the Disabled, not Half a Person association, and Vetek (Seniority) - the Movement for Longevity and Quality of Life. Leading scientists in the field in Israel participated, as well as representatives of relevant ministries, members of the Knesset and other key officials and stakeholders.
As a follow up, on December 24, 2018, there took take place in Knesset a special hearing of the Knesset Committee on the National Masterplan on Aging, to discuss the subject of “Research, Development and Education for the Promotion of Healthy Longevity and Prevention of Aging-related Diseases”. This pioneering discussion addressed aging-related diseases as manifestations of unhealthy aging and proposed a detailed program to combat degenerative aging processes, in order to postpone by a number of years, and in some circumstances even prevent, aging-related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Dementia, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer and others.