The center will provide professional counselling and varied shared activities for patients and caregivers
The Senior Citizens Service of the Municipality of Holon's Administration of Welfare and Social Services, in cooperation with the Association for the Elderly and the Health Committee of the Urban Master Plan for Senior Citizens, opened a new municipal center dedicated to activities for people with dementia, and for family members who are their caregivers, as well as foreign workers. The center will open at the Ha-Ma'apilim Day Center at Ha-Ma'apilim St. 64, Holon, (parking at Elkharizi St.17) and will operate on Wednesdays from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The center will offer counselling from professionals, who will provide information and tips for caregiving, and will serve as a sympathetic ear. In addition, varied activities for patients and caregivers will take place at the center, that will provide them with shared quality time, including: group singing, music workshops, dancing and laughter yoga, strategy games, exercise classes, and more. The cost of an activity day for a family is 10 shekels, and there is no need to register in advance.
During the past decade, there has been extensive activity in this area by the Administration of Welfare and Social Services, which has included providing counselling, information, and support to over 1,000 families who provide care to their loved ones suffering from dementia, with some 100 new inquiries from family members arriving each year. Due to the increasing need to address the needs of this population, it has been decided to establish the new center, which will bring together in one place all of Holon’s activities in this area, and make it possible to expand them. Holon’s activities in this area already include: a hotline for initial inquiries and for providing initial, immediate information; the “Connections and Skills” project, which brings together volunteers and trains them for home activities with the patient and their family; group meetings once a month that provide information and support to the general public; small, short-term support groups for intervention in times of crisis; establishing a round table forum called “Rav Moach,” made up of all professional bodies involved in this area in the community (the municipality even received the Glickman Prize for Excellence in Caring for the Elderly for this program); operating the “Friends of Dementia” program (in cooperation with the Alzheimer's Association of Israel) – training volunteers to increase awareness of the issue and of activities; organizing municipal symposiums each year for family members who are caregivers; and more.
For more information: Iris Porat, Community Social Worker, phone: 03-5025662, email: firstname.lastname@example.org