House Resolution Urging Care For Elderly Survivors Passes

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution this week to support programs that meet the needs of elderly Holocaust survivors.

The nonbinding resolution, sponsored by Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and Frank Wolf (R-VA), passed 407-0 on Wed., Dec. 1. It urges the Department of Health and Human Services, in conjunction with the Administration on Aging (AoA), “to provide Holocaust survivors with needed social services through existing programs; and encourages the AoA to develop and implement programs that ensure survivors are able to age in place in their communities and avoid institutionalization during their remaining years.”

Survivor Roman Frayman, 72, a native of Poland who was kept safe by a gentile neighbor, has worked with local agencies in providing older Holocaust survivors with medical and dental care. He notes the challenges, however, of aiding them. “They don’t have any (family members) left to help them,” “We know these people are out there, but it can be hard to reach them.”

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