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One Place to Care for the Elderly

 

Close-Up of Old WomanEveryone has the right to live with dignity, to feel safe. Federation works year-round to meet the immediate and long-term needs of millions of elderly Jews, here at home, in Israel and around the world. With your help, Federation can do more.

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Elderly Woman Edith Sandel couldn't hear the doorbell. Didn't answer the phone. Started wearing winter clothes in summer. Neighbors worried. When Mrs. Sandel showed up for Shabbat services on Wednesday, her attorney called federation. Now Mrs. Sandel has kosher meals delivered every day, groceries every week, a 24-hour emergency response system next to her bed, a better hearing aid, an amplified doorbell, and a helper to prepare meals.

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Gita Shapiro was alone in the Kishinev hospital with a fractured hip. Two weeks with no visitors. Her doctor, who volunteered at a federation-supported welfare center, notified the center's director. Center volunteers took her home. There was no TV, no telephone, no friends. While her voice still cracks and her heart still breaks for her husband and parents who were killed in the war, Mrs. Shapiro now has a TV donated by a grateful client of the center, a telephone and a homecare worker she calls "my best friend."