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At UJA-Federation, we believe in taking care of the aging population as we would our own parents and grandparents. We help them live with dignity, purpose, and connectedness, and support them in facing the challenges and opportunities of aging independently.

Challenges Facing an Aging Population

  • 65,000 Jewish seniors in the eight-county New York area live alone.
  • 76,550 aging Jews in New York are poor.
  • 207,000 Holocaust survivors live in Israel. They are among the poorest of all low-income Jews.
  • 165,000 aging residents of the former Soviet Union are struggling on insufficient pensions.

UJA-Federation's Response

UJA-Federation provides essential support to beneficiary agencies and grantees serving the aging. Last year, our network of agencies helped provide:

  • 13,000 Holocaust survivors in New York with emergency cash assistance, medical care, and counseling through our Community Initiative for Nazi Victim Services.
  • 50,000 aging Israelis with the support they need to remain independent.
  • 165,000 Jewish older adults in the former Soviet Union with food, medical services, and homecare.
  • Counseling, social programs, referrals, and spiritual-care services for 5,000 seniors through Partners in Caring for Older Adults.
  • 4,000 aging New Yorkers with comprehensive, community-based services through our Senior Aid program, to help them remain independent.
  • Vital assistance to 1,220 overextended family caregivers in need of respite and other support through our Family Caregiving Initiative to help those coping with illness.

Learn more about our network's poverty programs for the aging. To find help or learn more about the services available to aging adults, please contact our J•1•1 Information and Referral Service at 877.852.6591 or  . Or volunteer to help the elderly.

Your donation does so much for so many.

Every dollar you give counts for the frail elderly.

  • $170 can buy a year of partially subsidized medications for an impoverished Israeli senior.
  • $180 can provide 26 meals for a homebound Holocaust survivor in Queens.
  • $200 can pay for 12 months of social activities for an Israeli Holocaust survivor.
  • $265 can buy a year’s supply of food packages for a struggling older adult in the former Soviet Union.
  • $400 can pay for a medical-alert device for a frail senior in New York City.
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Read about one woman's experience receiving help caring for her elderly mother.