Speaking with Many Voices
Bader Philanthropies is helping to bring a new approach in addressing Alzheimer’s disease for families in Israel.
Families affected by Alzheimer’s disease face many hurdles in keeping their loved one at home. One is the tremendous stress placed on the family members who assume a caregiving role. Families in Israel may not know that there are services available to help their loved one, as well as themselves.
Melabev, Inc., a provider of adult day services in Israel, offers caregivers respite while providing participants with an innovative, stimulating slate of activities. Bader Philanthropies has awarded more than $660,000 in grants to Melabev over the past two decades, supporting its core services for families, while helping it to expand from one site to its current 10 sites. With the launch of Bader Philanthropies’ Alzheimer’s in Israel initiative, our support of Melabev has helped the agency expand its presence, and develop its programming into a national model for serving a growing population of older adults.
Melabev was able to expand its therapeutic activities as well as intergenerational services, which benefit both seniors and young people. Bader Philanthropies support aided in the development of Savion – our own computer software designed specifically for people whose memory and cognitive skills have begun to decline. Exercises in Savion stimulate the remaining skills and helps forestall further deterioration.
When memory loss advances, older adults tend to revert to their native tongue. Because the agency serves a diverse clientele, it has centers staffed to serve Hebrew, Russian, Arabic and English speakers. A big part of its efforts have been to increase general awareness about Alzheimer’s among Arab Israeli families, to increase understanding of the positive impact a high-quality adult day care program can have on an older adult.