ACL Awards a New Five-Year Grant for Support to Holocaust Survivors, Older Adults, and Family Caregivers
ACL has awarded a new, five-year, $4.935 million per year, cooperative agreement to The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) to expand people oriented, trauma-informed (PCTI) services and supports for Holocaust survivors and other older adults with histories of trauma, and their family caregivers. JFNA, in partnership with a broad network of local and national agencies that serve older adults and family caregivers, will work to further PCTI services throughout the Aging Services Network.
This new project will build on previous efforts to provide support to Holocaust survivors, which began in 2015. The project will also expand the program’s reach to include other older adults with histories of trauma, and their family caregivers.
Over the five-year project, JFNA and its partners will work to increase the knowledge and skills of aging services providers to implement PCTI care.
Currently, there are approximately 80,000 Holocaust survivors living in the United States. Because of their experiences, these people are at higher risk for a variety of physical and emotional conditions. These conditions include heart disease, osteoporosis, dental problems, cancer and an overall greater difficulty performing activities of daily living. Holocaust survivors are also at high risk for poverty. Additionally, ACL recognizes the widespread impact of trauma on other populations, older adults, and family caregivers, and is working to enhance the capacity of the aging services network to better serve these people.