Nachum and Avigail Schondorf, Director of Development for Israel’s Melabev, on the organization and their Annual Sunset Hike. From the Melabev website: “Melabev has been a leader in the field of care of the elderly for over thirty years. The services they provide in the community setting range from care of lonely well elders with the “Moked-109” telephone reassurance service to palliative care for end-stage Alzheimer’s patients.
Melabev is Israel’s pioneer service provider caring for those plagued by, and suffering from, Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, and offering appropriate services to their entire support system. With 10 day care centers and memory clubs throughout Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh, combined with innovative treatment methods aimed at stimulating those affected by Alzheimer’s and improving their quality of life, Melabev has the potential to be a catalyst in changing public opinion and educating Israeli society about the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and the necessary approach to caring for the growing aged community in Israel.
Melabev also provides many supportive services for family caregivers, enabling them to continue with the task of care-giving at home.
Melabev’s services reach northern and central Israel as well. Its unique service called “At Home with Melabev” brings professional staff of trained therapists into the homes of families caring for someone with dementia around the country.
Although physically located in Israel, Melabev’s impact is global. It is a member of Alzheimer’s Foundation International and a founding member of Alzheimer’s Foundation of Israel. Melabev staff present at international conferences, publish in international journals and share their expertise with professionals from around the world. Melabev developed Savion, a computer software for mental stimulation for people with dementia, which is sold around the world and has been translated into numerous languages.”