Nazi victims in later years of life suffer from physical and emotional distress at higher rates than the elderly population as a whole. Prolonged malnutrition under the Nazis has affected their health in old age, triggering osteoporosis and broken bones, heart problems, impaired vision, dental problems, and high blood pressure. There are particularly high rates of dementia and schizophrenia among Jewish victims of Nazism, and many are alone as a result of having lost their entire family during the Shoah.
The Claims Conference is committed to easing the situation of Jewish victims of Nazi persecution around the world, many of whom have needs particular to their country of residence. A growing priority is the provision of homecare to enable survivors to remain in their homes as long as possible. Home-care encompasses services such as assistance with basic activities of daily living, shopping, and housekeeping.