Our Work

 

The Center on Aging and Trauma promotes the national expansion of innovative, person-centered, trauma-informed services for Holocaust survivors, older adults with a history of trauma, and their family caregivers. The Center’s work has two main objectives. 

 

1. Award grants to nonprofit organizations to develop innovative PCTI services for Holocaust survivors, older adults with a history of trauma, and their family caregivers.  

 

The Center uses a Request for Proposal (RFP) process with an independent Review Committee to award subgrants to nonprofit organizations to implement and evaluate innovative PCTI programs that: 

  • Support the physical, social, mental, and cognitive health and well-being of Holocaust survivors and older adults with a history of trauma 
  • Promote access to PCTI programs, services, and supports for these populations 
  • Train health and social service providers on PCTI care 
  • Support the health and well-being of family caregivers, Holocaust survivors, and older adults with a history of trauma 

 

The Center awards a limited number of subgrants to Jewish Federations to convene local aging services providers and other community stakeholders and collectively develop strategies to meet the needs of local Holocaust survivors, older adults with a history of trauma, and their family caregivers.  

  • Local Jewish Federations train each of their local Leadership Councils on PCTI care and lead them in assessing the needs of Holocaust survivors, older adults with a history of trauma, and their family caregivers in their communities.  
  • Based on those assessments, each Federation, working with their Leadership Council, allocates subgrants for critical support services to help Holocaust survivors and older adults with a history of trauma age safely in their own homes, and to support family caregivers of those older adults in their caregiving role. In accordance with PCTI principles and practices, Holocaust survivors, older adults with a history of trauma, and their family caregivers also participate on these local Leadership Councils.  
  • Services that have been funded through this program include financial assistance to prevent and resolve emergencies; medical, dental, and other health and social service needs; food, home repairs, home care, and support groups and training for family caregivers. 

 

2. Build the broad capacity to provide PCTI care to Holocaust survivors, family caregivers, and other older adults.  

 

The Center promotes the widespread implementation of PCTI programs for Holocaust survivors, older adults with a history of trauma, and their family caregivers by: 

  • Convening webinars, training workshops, and conference presentations on aging and trauma and promising practices in providing PCTI care to diverse older populations and their family caregivers.  
  • Publishing articles, newsletters, research, and blog postings on aging and trauma and promising practices in providing PCTI care to diverse older populations and their family caregivers. 
  • Creating broad new partnerships and sharing promising practices in providing PCTI care to diverse populations of older adults with a history of trauma and their family caregivers. 
  • Developing new training materials on how to provide PCTI care to diverse populations of older adults with a history of trauma and their family caregivers (coming soon!) 
  • Creating an online resource hub of information on aging and trauma and the provision of PCTI care to diverse populations of older adults with a history of trauma and their family caregivers (coming soon!) 

 

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