Baycrest Centre's Work With Aged Holocaust Survivors
The Holocaust Resource Program offers consultation, counselling, and educational services for clients, families and survivors in the community, at Baycrest and in other long-term care facilities. Staff with specialized expertise run ongoing support groups for child survivors and children of survivors.
These two groups of older survivors underwent periods of resettlement, social adjustment and rebuilding their lives decades ago.
Soriano, et al.) indicates major challenges for aging survivors in the early studies, but a larger aging cohort and a broader theoretical approach within the context of the life course perspective demonstrates more health and resilience than initially reported. (Suedfeld, Soriano et al. 2005, Kahana et al, 2005.
In-depth interviews were conducted with 21 community-dwelling survivors aged 65 and over. Credibility was ensured by methodological triangulation and peer debriefing. The study highlighted the importance of understanding older survivors’ ageing and aged care experiences in the context of their entire lifecourse and in terms of both vulnerability and resilience.
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Suedfeld, P., E. Soriano, et al. (2005). “Erikson’s “Components of a Healthy Personality”Among Holocaust Survivors Immediately and 40 Years After the War.” International Journal of Aging & Human Development 60(3): 229-248