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Haifa Retirees Enjoy the Beauty in Art and Nature


L to r: Path in Adamit Park; Haifa Retirees; Stone arch from Cave.

Israel Elwyn (IE) established its Retiree Program more than a decade ago as a response to a request from one of the aging workers with disabilities at the Sabbah Occupational Training Center in Jerusalem.  The program serves workers with disabilities who wish to retire or reduce their working hours by offering the opportunity to continue meeting with their colleagues, receive therapies that help maintain existing skills and develop new ones, and experience a range of activities chosen by the seniors themselves.

Following the program’s success in Jerusalem, where the first retiree center in Israel specifically for seniors with disabilities has recently been constructed and opened, IE created retiree programs in several other locations throughout the country, including Haifa.

Israel Elwyn’s Retiree Center in Haifa currently serves 28 seniors.  They arrive at the Center five days each week, peruse the daily program roster and choose according to their preferences.  Recently, the Haifa seniors began an art appreciation course, examining works by the Great Masters, discussing composition and meaning, color schemes, brush technique, and how today’s hair and clothing styles differ from those of the paintings’ subjects.

The retirees also enjoy visiting outdoor attractions, and and one morning last December they travelled out of Haifa for the day.  As they wound their way north the seniors enjoyed the sight of wild flowers and the occasional wild animal.  Their destination was Adamit Park, located 400 meters above sea level on the Rosh HaNikra Ridge in the northwest Galilee.  Visitors can gaze across the entire Upper Galilee from the park, which has an entirely wheelchair-accessible route.

Upon reaching the Park, the seniors began the trek to Me’arat HaKeshet (the Arch Cave), where a stone arch is all that remains of the ceiling of a large cave.  After enjoying the sights, the group returned to the recreation area for a picnic lunch and then climbed onto the bus for the trip back to Haifa.

Center participant Shimon said, “The walk was difficult, but we succeeded and the sights were worth the effort.”  Fellow senior Amir agreed, adding that “it was very interesting to see all the greenery and the view was very beautiful.”

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David B. Marcu, Chief Executive Officer

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