Innovations for Aging in Community: The Jewish Communal Contribution

By Anita Altman, Kathy Rosenthal

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), Fall 2010

For more than two decades, UJA-Federation of New York and its network of aging service providers have recognized that the vast majority of seniors want to remain living in their own homes, even as they have grown older and frailer. There have been many initiatives in both the city and the suburbs to ensure that seniors are cared for in their homes. However much these local self-help initiatives should be applauded, the hope is that they will not point policymakers and the public in the wrong direction. It is imperative that we maintain and expand our traditional aging services - congregate and home-delivered meals, senior centers, extended in-home services program, senior transportation, and elder abuse prevention services - for they are critical to the success of the supportive service programs organized in Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs) and in the general community. But the reality is that it will take significant changes in public policy to help enable seniors to remain living in their own homes.

Topic: Jewish Federations, Social Services, Cities and Suburbs, Housing, Demography, Aging, Public Policy, Elderly

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Naron Chalew, Gail

Volume/Issue: Vol.85/no.2-3

Page Number(s): 330-336

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Genre: Article

Coverage: New York, New York , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Altman, Anita. Rosenthal, Kathy. Innovations for Aging in Community: The Jewish Communal Contribution. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Fall 2010: 330-336. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=12117


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