After surviving the Holocaust having lost his family, Meyer never expected to find warmth and joy again – until the redheaded Malka caught his eye and they fell in love and married. Together, they crossed the ocean and settled in New Jersey. On Meyer’s retirement, they headed to Delray Beach with their modest savings.
Their savings diminished as Malka began to lose her eyesight and memory. Meyer cared for her himself as his own health and stamina declined. His greatest fear was that his wife, a concentration camp survivor who became anxious in institutional settings, would have to live out her last years in one. Eventually, an accident made clear it was time for Meyer to stop driving. Always fiercely independent, he became overwhelmed with daily life, feeling helpless, alone and without hope.
Their doctor urged Meyer to seek help from Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services. Though fearing his wife or his choices would be taken from him, Meyer reached out in desperation – and found a tremendous source of comfort, stability, resources and practical help to enable them to thrive in their own home.
Through JFS, Meyer and Malka now have help at home, transportation, nutritious meal deliveries and more. They also attend some JFS survivor gatherings and have been helped to apply for Holocaust survivor benefits and other assistance.
Meyer continues to treasure his independence with his beloved wife of 70 years.
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