Senior officials from the Welfare Ministry visited Yad Sarah recently to discuss a series of cooperative measures to meet the needs of our growing senior population.
Thanks to an increase in life expectancy, Israel’s population is aging; the global average proportion of elderly people in the population stands at 12% and, in Israel, the number of senior citizens has already exceeded one million. Senior staff of the Welfare Ministry, headed by the director general of the ministry, Dr. Avigdor Kaplan, is seeking solutions to aid and assist seniors in Israel.
Yad Sarah, a leader in the field of social and assistive programs for elderly people in Israel, presented an overview of its services to the senior officials of the Ministry of Social Affairs. The director general and division managers toured Yad Sarah’s headquarters in Jerusalem, met the heads of various departments dealing with care programs for the elderly, and then sat down with Yad Sarah directors to discuss measures that have proven effective in the more than 40 years of Yad Sarah’s existence.
At the end of the visit, Dr. Kaplan explained that: “We operate a program to alleviate the feelings of isolation and loneliness of homebound seniors, but because at the moment it is not very successful, we will be implementing a series of programs in cooperation with Yad Sarah. The Ministry of Welfare is an office that buys services, not an executive body. The experience of Yad Sarah in the field of rehabilitation is of particular interest to us.”