Wednesday, January 18, 2017

ACL Releases Guidance For Providing Services to Holocaust Survivors

Lindsay Schwartz

There are an estimated 100,000-130,000 Holocaust survivors living in the United States, with the youngest survivors around 71 years old. As part of an amendment to the Older Americans Act of 1965, the Assistance Secretary for Aging was required to provide guidance on serving Holocaust Survivors. The Administration for Community Living (ACL) recently released this guidance. The resource provides information on addressing the unique needs and challenges of Holocaust survivors. The guide uses a person-centered, trauma-informed approach to topics including mental and physical health, nutrition, transportation, caregiver support, outreach, legal and ombudsman services.

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