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  Instructional videos for the elderly, their caregivers and families  during the coronavirus crisis
During these incredibly difficult times, it is of the utmost importance that the elderly, their caregivers and families are well informed and feel secure in their homes.
Now, more than ever, professionals across the world must unite to assist one another and help the elderly in our communities. With this in mind, Joint-ESHEL has produced the following materials and is pleased to share them with service providers and caregivers globally. 

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   Guidelines for Family Caregivers
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  5 Tips for Older Adults to Maintain Quality of Life
during the Corona Pandemic 
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 Joint-ESHEL has worked in partnership with Israel's National Insurance Institute, the Glickman Family Foundation, and The Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Charitable Foundation to produce eight relevant videos for the elderly, caregivers, and family caregivers.
These eight videos focus on the needs of the elderly and their caregivers by providing information, tools, and guiding principles on how to cope better during the coronavirus crisis.
For caregivers and families, the videos offer information on coronavirus, suggestions on how to communicate with the elderly in order to reduce anxiety for both the elderly and the caregivers, tips on the importance of dialogue to ease loneliness, teaching the elderly how to use WhatsApp, and suggestions for physical activities.

For the elderly, the videos offer vital information on the coronavirus, advice from a doctor, and suggestions for physical activity at home. 
Video #1   Guidelines for Caregivers

Dr. Yoram Maaravi (Dept. Geriatric Rehabilitation, Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem) offers advice to caregivers on elderly home care during the corona crisis and expresses appreciation and thanks to caregivers.  

 Video #2   Geriatric Home Visit – Your Questions Answered     

Geriatric specialist, Dr. Yoram Maaravi, makes a "virtual house call" where he alleviates the elderly and the caregiver's fears and anxieties. Dr. Maaravi answers common questions asked during this time, offering empathetic responses in a warm and reassuring manner.

 Video #3   Loneliness     

Loneliness is a sensation that we all experience on different levels at different times. These feelings may intensify with age and heighten in times of crisis. 
Communication with caregivers, family members and friends plays a crucial role in alleviating loneliness. It provides meaningful human contact and a listening ear. It allows for a heart-to-heart conversation that can empower the older adult with feelings of belonging and meaningful purpose - that their presence and contribution is relevant and valuable.  


Video #4    Physical Exercise

Physical activity for older adults is vital for retaining functionality and independence. Ultimately, it influences health and quality of life, while at the same time instilling feelings of security and confidence and reducing fears of falling.
Physical activity is especially important to old adults that are confined to their homes and inactive.
Ayelet Dagan, an expert in the field of health advancement and improving functionality, explains the importance of physical activity for older adults and demonstrates useful exercises.


Video #5    This is the Time to Talk

Are you a caregiver for an older adult? This video suggests ideas for connecting, communicating and stimulating conversation during times of concern and uncertainty.


Video #6     Guidelines for Family Caregivers

Supporting a parent in times of crisis may be especially challenging. This video provides family members and family caregivers with the tools to meet their needs and those of their loved ones.

Video #7      Its WhatsApp Time 

WhatsApp is the most popular means of communication today. Unfortunately it is not used by many older adults. This video shows us how we can teach the older adults to use it.  

Video #8      Take a Personal Moment

Times of crisis brings on increased levels of anxiety and stress. This is particularly evident during the current corona pandemic, where we are consumed with uncertainty as to how this will affect our lives and that of our loved ones. This video recommends ways to cope with and minimize these sensations. 


JDC-ESHEL in the News
COVID-19 is confining some of the most vulnerable seniors indoors -
at what cost?
CEO of Joint-ESHEL, an expert on matters concerning the elderly population, sets out measures to protect this vulnerable population during and after the pandemic
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Israel’s elders forced to take on coronavirus, loneliness
For many, social distancing from their immediate family could be a matter of life and death. With no end in sight, the distance can also mean increased feelings of loneliness and isolation  
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From Lockdown to Loneliness: Old Age in the Age of Coronavirus
The outbreak of Covid-19 has placed over one million people aged 65 and over at high risk of contracting the novel virus, yet these trying times have also created challenges for the elderly population that are no less dangerous to them  which must be resolved 
JDC’s Eshel partnership focusing on the elderly has already launched its mission to tackle these challenges, head-on
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