With the Pensioner’s Party surprise victory, winning seven seats in the Israeli Knesset (parliament) elections, the quality of life for senior citizens has improved through increased pensions and enhanced health services. There are currently 20,300 people over the age of 90 who receive pensions and more than half a million senior citizens who receive national insurance benefits totaling 16.2 billion shekels ($3.6 billion). The age to receive pensions changed in 2004 from 60 to 64 for women and from 65 to 67 for men.
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