Center on Aging and Trauma


The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) represents 146 Jewish federations and 300 network communities that provide a range of health and social services to diverse vulnerable populations including older adults, family caregivers, individuals with disabilities and their families, and the economically vulnerable. 


In 2015, the United States Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging (ACL/AoA) awarded The Jewish Federation of North America (JFNA) a grant to develop innovations in person-centered, trauma-informed (PCTI) care for Holocaust survivors and their family caregivers. With additional philanthropic funds and in combination with a national PCTI capacity building initiative, over 400 PCTI programs have been implemented to promote the health and well-being of Holocaust survivors and the family members who care for them.  


In 2020, with increased awareness of the prevalence and impact of trauma in the lives of older adults and recognition that the lessons learned from these PCTI programs could benefit other older adults, ACL/AoA awarded JFNA a new grant to expand PCTI services for other older adults with a history of trauma and their family caregivers. In addition to Holocaust survivors, target populations for this grant now include older veterans and first responders; older adults who are refugees and victims of war, crime, domestic violence, and natural disasters; older adults who have experienced racial, economic, and gender discrimination; and family caregivers of all these groups. Our goal is to work with nonprofit agencies across the county on the development and dissemination of PCTI innovations for all these populations. 


With additional partners from the nonprofit, academic, philanthropic, and governmental sectors, we work to ensure that Holocaust survivors, older adults with a history of trauma, and their family caregivers are able to receive PCTI services and supports to promote their strength, resilience, empowerment, and well-being. 


*This cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living is contingent upon the availability of federal funds.