Eshel is Israel's social research and development incubator, tasked with planning and developing services for older adults and their families in Israel. Eshel is developing comprehensive responses to the complex challenges faced by Israeli society with the aging of its population. Eshel aims to improve the wellbeing of vulnerable older adults in Israel by advancing their autonomy, functional ability and independence. Eshel brings together and serves as an "honest broker" between government ministries, prominent stakeholders and professionals involved in the care of older adults. In partnership, these groups work to ensure older adults live independent, satisfactory and dignified lives, while easing the responsibility of care on the family and welfare/health systems. Many of the roughly 950,000 individuals aged 65+ living in Israel benefit directly and indirectly from a rich variety of services and programs designed and developed by Eshel.