UJA Home Volunteer Site

CARING FOR THE ELDERLY

We treat the elderly like family and help them lead vital lives.

Millions of elderly people living in New York, Israel, and around the world have pressing needs. We give the elderly access to best-in-class services, including mental health services, affordable housing, home-delivered kosher meals, advocacy, and companionship so they can stay independent and active for as long as possible. As their needs increase, our skilled nursing facilities provide various residential options that still feel like home. And when the time comes, we offer end-of-life care and bereavement services.

We’re also deeply committed to meeting the needs of Holocaust survivors whose early trauma exacerbates the challenges of old age. We made a promise to never abandon and never forget. And we will always honor that promise.

The Facts:

  • 1.7 million people age 65 or older live in the New York area.
  • 22% of Jews in the New York area are age 65 or older.
  • 112,000 seniors living in Jewish households in the New York are poor or near poor.
  • 256,000 elderly people of all backgrounds in the New York area live in poverty.
  • 560,000 aging adults in the New York area struggle with some kind of disability.
  • 1 in 5 Israeli seniors lives in poverty.
  • 240,000 Holocaust survivors live in the New York area and Israel.

Our Impact:

  • 290,000 local seniors find companionship thanks to hundreds of programs online and off.
  • 98,725 elderly Jews in the former Soviet Union receive homecare, hunger relief, emergency cash assistance, and other vital services.
  • 54,000 older adults in Israel are members of a supportive community that helps them age at home.
  • Nearly 16,000 Holocaust survivors in New York and Israel receive emergency cash assistance, counseling, legal services, and other vital help. Learn more about our work with Holocaust survivors.
  • 6,000 low-income seniors in the New York area receive affordable housing in safe neighborhoods.
  • $12.7 million was secured — thanks to our advocacy — for Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities, including a broad range of resources, activities, and social services that help seniors to remain in their homes.

With many thanks to our generous donors and network of nonprofits for making all this possible.

Related Nonprofits and Programs:
Eshel (JDC)
JASA
JCC’s with senior centers
Jewish Home Lifecare
MJHS
Selfhelp
(Among many others)

HELP US SUPPORT THOSE IN NEED

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