For more than 35 years, Melabev has specialized in caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Melabev was founded in 1981 by Professor Arnold Rosin, a prominent gerontologist, and Mrs. Leah Abramowitz, a geriatric social worker, both recipients of Jerusalem’s highest honor, the Yakir Yerushalayim (Worthy of Jerusalem). In their work with dementia patients at Shaarei Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem, they discovered the dearth of programs and services in the community for people with dementia and their families. As a result, they established the first Melabev day center providing a warm, social and therapeutic environment for people with dementia, and much-needed respite to their caregivers, allowing families to keep their loved ones in the home and out of institutions for as long as possible.
Today, Melabev operates five day centers – three in Jerusalem, one in Beit Shemesh and one in Efrat. In addition, Melabev offers an array of programs and services for people with dementia and for older adults, including:
Pe’ima Group – for people with Young Onset Dementia – aged 65 and younger.
At Home with Melabev – one-one-one professional therapeutic activities in the home.
Support Groups – for family members and caregivers.
Moked 109 “Telephone Reassurance” program – daily “check-in” calls to older adults living alone.
Caregiving Service – trained personal caregivers placed in the community.
Research Unit – studies conducted in collaboration with academic institutions in Israel and abroad.
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