(photo credit: Courtesty)
Melabev, the voluntary organization for assisting Alzheimer’s patients, will be
running its annual walkathon November 27-29.
It will begin in the Ayalon
Valley with a moonlight walk, followed by two days near the big crater at Mitzpe
With the aging of the population, the incidence of the incurable
disease of dementia has been rising steadily.
Melabev CEO Motti
Zelikovitch said the disease is a modern plague. While the magic pill for
Alzheimer’s has not yet appeared, he said, researchers such as
Prof. Marta Weinstock-Rosin continue to look for a cure.
meantime, Melabev helps promote the well-being of the afflicted and eases the
burden on their family caregivers.
With 32 years of experience since its
founding by Prof. Arnold Rosin and Leah Abramowitz, Melabev’s professionals and
volunteers have succeeded in developing and operating activities that focus on
the remaining strengths of the patients.
Among them are music and
animal-assisted therapy, gardening and baking, art and movement therapies, word
games and Savion, the computer program that stimulates cognitive and memory
Melabev is about to begin the renovations of its newest site, in
Jerusalem’s Givat Massua quarter. Beit Melabev will be a center for Alzheimer’s
care — with three model daycare centers and a full complement of related
services for older adults and their families.
To supplement funding, it
has received from the National Insurance Institute, the Claims Conference,
ESHEL, the Jerusalem Foundation and private foundations and individuals. Melabev
is seeking $120,000 from the walkathon for Beit Melabev.
Every walker has
made a personal commitment to raise funds from their sponsors.