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Led by survivor Jack Rubin of Boynton Beach, Fla., Holocaust survivors and family members told the Senate Special Committee on Aging that money made available to Holocaust survivors didn't come close to paying for home health care services, hearing aids, dental care and the other costs of the aging population.  Lee Sherman, president of the Baltimore-based Association of Jewish Family & Children's Agencies, said that even survivors who had adapted well in America may experience triggers late in life, especially if those problems are compounded by dementia or Alzheimer's. "Some Holocaust survivors may resort to hiding food in their rooms, insecure about when their next meal will come, and how much food will be available to them," he told the committee.  Continue reading the article here

The full video of the Committee hearing is available to watch on the website of the Special Aging Committee.  

Check out photos and screenshots highlighting all participants in the hearing on the AJFCA facebook page.

U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Hears Testimony on Unique Needs of Holocaust Survivors. Holocaust Survivors Say Germany Needs to Help Ease Poverty Among Aging Members, January 15, 2014, News Observer, by Chris Adams

Lee Sherman, President/CEO of AJFCA, has been invited to testify on
January 15 before the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging. At the hearing, referred to as Aging in Comfort: Assessing the Special Needs of America's Holocaust Survivors, Lee will be one of five witnesses.  He has been asked to address the unique issues of Holocaust Survivors and the social services available to meet their distinct needs.  The hearing will be live streamed on the Special Committee on Aging website.

AJFCA's Lee Sherman to Testify Before U.S. Senate

Lately, there has been a lot of attention given to an issue that is impacting hospital patients and their families called "observation stays." To many people, this is an obscure, "in-the-weeds" problem. To the individuals that it affects, it's the difference between receiving the care that a person needs or cutting recovery and rehabilitation short, which can have long-term negative effects on a person's functional abilities and independence. The problem is growing, and thousands of Medicare beneficiaries from across the country are losing access to their Medicare Part A skilled nursing care facility benefits - all because of a hospital classification called "outpatient observation."  Continue reading here.

Don't Deny Seniors Nursing Care, December 26, 2013, The Hill, By Mark Parkinson