Millions of elderly people living in New York, in 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.

Covid-19 Crisis: Our Response

Because of the pandemic, older adults who face a greater risk of illness have become homebound, unable to attend programs at JCCs and senior centers that provide meals and good friends to talk with. UJA’s partners on the ground have quickly pivoted to deliver meals to seniors safely at home. Mental health support, friendly phone calls, and virtual programming are helping alleviate the loneliness of isolation. We’re also helping mobilize volunteers who have been delivering food and facilitating online programs.


The Facts:

  • 1.5 million people age 65 or older live in the New York area.
  • 340,000 Jewish seniors live in the New York region, making up 22% of all Jews.
  • Almost one in three Jewish seniors lives alone.
  • 390,000 elderly people of all backgrounds in the New York area live in poverty. This represents 26% of all seniors in the New York region.
  • 85,000 seniors (24%) living in Jewish households in the New York area are poor.
  • Almost half of Israeli seniors live in poverty.
  • Approximately 236,000 Holocaust survivors live in the New York area and Israel.

About the Data

Our Impact:

  • Over 22 million hours of home care are provided to seniors and Holocaust survivors in the former Soviet Union.
  • 1.7 million meals are provided to older adults in New York.
  • 117,000 local seniors find connection and nurturing activities through social, recreational, and wellness programs.
  • 84,000 seniors and Holocaust survivors in the former Soviet Union receive essential services.
  • 47,000 older adults in New York receive home care services.
  • 23,000 local seniors receive transportation assistance.
  • More than 17,000 seniors worldwide receive friendly visits to develop healthy relationships and counter loneliness.
  • Nearly 28,000 Holocaust survivors in New York and Israel receive emergency cash assistance, counseling, help accessing benefits, and other vital services. Learn more about our work with Holocaust survivors.

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

Related Nonprofits and Programs:
Eshel (JDC)
JCCs with senior centers
The New Jewish Home
(Among many others)


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