Brooklyn has a very high concentration of elderly, with a particularly large number of those over age 85. Many came to the United States as immigrants, and some have a limited command of English. Brooklyn also has a significant population of the nation’s remaining Holocaust survivors.
These elderly people may be limited in mobility, in their ability to care for themselves and prepare nutritious meals, in their capacity to deal with the bureaucracies that control their financial and other benefits, and in their opportunities for socialization. JCCGCI provides a full range of services to support them so that they can remain in their homes as long as possible, continuing to live satisfying lives.
Our programs include:
Senior Centers: Five senior centers provide social, recreational and cultural activities, case management, nutritious meals and health promotion.
Senior Transportation: Transports the elderly to medical appointments, senior centers, benefit offices and other essential appointments, enabling seniors to remain in their own homes.
Case Management for Seniors: Offered at both the senior centers and the central office, case management helps seniors to identify benefits for which they may be eligible, to apply, and to translate information in their native language.
Home Delivered Meals: Serves seniors, 60 years or older, who are not able to prepare nutritious meals on their own, whether due to illness or handicap. It is a high level kosher program (glatt kosher).
Services for Holocaust Survivors: Many services are available for this population. Homecare Services that include light housekeeping as well as up to 25 hours weekly of a home health aide who can assist in personal care. Transportation Services to medical appointments, socialization events and other appointments. Case Management and assistance with applications for Reparation Compensation funds. Friendly visiting and specialized Socialization events that are geared specifically for this clientele.
Medicare Part D Help Center: Helps Medicare recipients to select from the best plan for them, from the hundreds of Part D prescription medication plans, and also addresses other aspects of their Medicare situation.
Senior ESL & Citizenship: Offers English as a Second Language for senior immigrants of any ethnicity, as well as legal and social work support in obtaining citizenship and related papers.
Friendly Visiting: One friendly visiting program, Connect2, offers companionship and support to Holocaust survivors living throughout New York City. The other provides visits and support to Meals on Wheels recipients who are not Holocaust survivors. Both use volunteer visitors.