Cognitive Care for Seniors
through meaningful activities,
conversation and relaxation techniques
HAVRUTA FOR ELDERS
HAVRUTA one-on-one sessions
are recommended for homebound seniors
facing physical, emotional and/or cognitive challenges.
Our personally tailored activities
address cognitive, emotional, social and spiritual needs.
The activities stimulate cognitive skills,
And reveal dormant interests,
with the aim of slowing down the loss of abilities
and helping in their conservation.
The sessions strengthen self-esteem,
And restore dignity and a sense of meaning in life.
They affect the older person's vitality and optimism,
and renew the will to face the challenges of life and old age.
The format of HAVRUTA FOR ELDERS sessions is inspired
by the Jewish studying model of "Havruta",
which combines study and friendship.
The sessions include meaningful activities, conversations
And practice of relaxation and concentration techniques.
Through the course of the sessions
a reciprocal, supportive, warm, honest
and laughter-filled relationship is formed.
People With Dementia
'Havruta' offers sessions designed for people with dementia
[pre-clinical stage, mild cognitive impairment (MCI)
and first to second stage of dementia]
Dementia affects five domains:
Cognitive, Functional, Psychiatric, Behavioral, Physical.
Loss of abilities causes people with dementia
to withdraw and avoid activities and social interaction.
Withdrawal and avoidance create
boredom, social isolation and stress,
leading to accelerated deterioration on all levels.
As of today there is no cure for dementia.
However, Person-centered care
can ease the suffering of people with dementia
and slow the progression of the disease.
'Havruta' personally tailored sessions incorporate:
Meaningful activities which generate involvement, satisfaction, interest, self-worth, purpose and enjoyment.
Building trust and creating a personal, safe, sincere, validating, supportive, enabling and motivating relationship
Specialized techniques (including meditation, yoga, massage) to comfort and ease physical and mental pain.
Family and Caregivers
The blessing of longevity
often presents challenges to all involved.
Members of the "sandwich generation"
find themselves in the middle,
caught between the needs of children
(and grandchildren) on the one hand,
and the needs of their aging parents on the other
(not to mention commitments to
spouse, home, work and community).
Even when all three generations act with
understanding, concern and cooperation,
gaps may appear
between the will, and the ability,
to give to the older parent.
The daily care for a person with
physical, mental and\or cognitive impairment
can be very demanding.
Often the caregivers are completely immersed in
the physical, technical and bureaucratic needs.
'Havruta' sessions address emotional, intellectual,
spiritual and social needs of the older parent.
People who care for a family member with dementia
are often prone to neglecting their own needs.
They are at risk for adverse effects on their physical and mental health
(Caregiver Stress Syndrome).
HAVRUTA provides guidance and support sessions
for the family (and other caregivers).
These sessions assist all involved
in identifying and facing the challenges
presented by the onset of dementia.
Developer of HAVRUTA FOR ELDERS
18 years of experience working with seniors
12 years of developing unique methods for working with the aged
Developer of the KIRVA Inter-generational Education Program