An estimated one-fifth of Holocaust survivors in Israel suffer from dementia
caused by Alzheimer’s disease, according to Emda, a volunteer organization that
runs a hotline for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and their
There are an estimated 192,000 survivors living in Israel
Prof. Yoram Barak, head of the psychogeriatric department at the
Abarbanel Mental Health Center in Bat Yam and a member of Emda’s scientific
council, called on the government to conduct a comprehensive survey of the
problem in order to suggest ways to help prevent dementia and determine ways to
cope with it.
Barak said that research done both in Israel and abroad
lends support to the claim that people suffering from depression are at higher
risk for Alzheimer’s. Many Holocaust survivors experience depression due to
their personal experiences and losses, he said. Lifelong learning and proper
nutrition, Barak added, can reduce the risk of developing dementia.