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A Video to Warm the Heart
This moving video was screened at the annual event of the Friends of Yad Sarah in London and illustrates more than 40 years of activity - for the benefit of all Israelis. * In the video, veteran volunteer Vivian London speaks about her long association with Yad Sarah and the help that was there for her when she needed it * Photography and Editing: Simon Maurer * Research and Production: Benny Cohen, Public Relations
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The staff of the Emergency Alarm Response Center at Yad Sarah recently participated in the national conference of the Ministry of Health, where a national program for the prevention of falls was launched. Hundreds of representatives of the Ministry as well as hospitals, health funds, and nursing homes participated. Every day in Israel, approximately 1,000 adults aged 65 and older experience a fall. It is estimated that nearly one out of every three elderly people in Israel fell in the past year. Almost half of ambulance calls to the elderly are in response to falls, and this is also the main reason for visits to hospital emergency rooms. About half of the falls result in bruises, and 20-30% of the falls result in moderate to severe injuries, such as head trauma or hip fracture. In order to reduce the number of falls, the Ministry of Health is launching a system-wide program that will involve the health funds and the local authorities in special training to prevent falls. What do we do when someone does fall? Well, that is the reason for Yad Sarah's participation. The staff of the Emergency Alarm Response Center presented the unique sensor that detects a fall, even without pressing the distress button. The sensor detects any abnormal movement of the subscriber and automatically dials the emergency call center. The dispatcher receives an alert from the sensor, and if unable to communicate with the subscriber and verify his wellbeing, knows that the latter has lost consciousness and is in need of urgent help. Nahum Gitman, director of the Emergency Alarm Response Center: "The hotline staff members manning the booth, Keren, Yehudit and Emmanuel, were very busy answering questions. Interested parties were asking about the system not only for their customers but also for their families. We made some good connections and expect many more people to sign up for the new fall detection system." For further information: *6447

 
 
Third Graders Collect 500 Coins for Yad Sarah
The children wanted to help others less fortunate

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A Day at Yad Sarah
Chanukah is over and winter is upon us, but at Yad Sarah it is business as usual. See photo gallery above. Read more...

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Giving Stays in the Family
Elisheva Printz, lending director of the Jerusalem region, writes about Yad Sarah's newest branch in Kiryat Ye'arim (Telz- Stone) under the direction of the Felheimer family. * The family is continuing its own tradition as well as that of Yad Sarah's, and has established a local branch in their home * Photography: David Rothner *

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Hagit Yasu Gives Back
Customers who come to the Yad Sarah branch in Sderot are surprised to see Hagit Yasu sitting in front of one of the computers. (pictured) Hagit is well known as the winner of the "Kochav Nolad" program six years ago and received lots of publicity following the win.

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Where Does a Family from Oklahoma Turn When They Need Help in a Medical Emergency? Why, to Yad Sarah, Of Course!

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Yad Sarah is Now Part of the Fun in Jerusalem Family
When Fun in Jerusalem owner and creator Joanna Shebson was looking for a venue to host her family event, she chose Yad Sarah and became a fan

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Our Young People Also Give Back
Thanks to Shmuel Friedman, a high school student who has been volunteering at Yad Sarah's Givataim branch this summer. Helping out in the computer department,Shmuel also helps people carry borrowed equipment to their cars. We wish him the best of luck in his studies next year at a Jerusalem yeshiva. To volunteer, please call *6444

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Beit Safafa: Amina Aliyan speaks the Yad Sarah language
YS site reporter Sumiya Al Nabari talks with the director of the Jerusalem Beit Safafa branch

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As the Music Played, the Patient with Parkinson's Stopped Shaking
Hamutal Ben Or, director of the Day Rehabilitation Center at Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem, talks about a moment when music became therapy * Thanks to Musethica from all of us at Yad Sarah * Photographer: David Rothner

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