How To Help Someone’s Golden Years Shine

How To Help Someone’s  Golden Years Shine

“Getting old and living alone is a very difficult assignment for every person of my age,” said Eva Friedlander. “The fact that I can rely on Anat for personal needs and counseling is a tremendously significant thing. She’s somebody who really gives you the feeling that although you are old, your life is worth something.”
Eva, 94, is a Holocaust survivor and a client of Aviv Older Adult Services – Tools for Aging. Anat Granath is her social worker in the Holocaust Survivors Program, and the two have formed a deep bond. The program offers services for survivors and their families, including supportive counseling, in-home services, a child survivor support group and social events such as the ever-popular Café Europa. Eva, who lives on her own, is a regular at the café, a monthly gathering that brings together 50 to 60 people. Different entertainers come each time, and JF&CS provides transportation.

An estimated 250-300 survivors live in the Atlanta area – one of the only survivor communities in the country that is growing as their adult children are settling here. About 130 survivors use JF&CS’ services, including help with reparations claims. And while the population is slowly thinning, new participants come each year. About 80 of them get some kind of financial services such as dental or medical assistance, personal/home care, housecleaning, meals delivered to them, prescriptions, adult day care and medical equipment.

Eva moved to Atlanta 64 years ago with her late husband, George, also a survivor. She has known JF&CS for many years but began working with Anat about six years ago. “Together, we identify needs and provide services to let her continue to live the beautiful, independent, thriving life she’s living,” said Anat.

For more information about the Holocaust Survivors Program, contact Amy Neuman at aneuman@jfcs-atlanta.org or 770.677.9382.


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