Prof. Arnold Rosin
On Yom Yerushalayim, 2011, Prof. Arnold Rosin, founder of Melabev, received the prestigous Yakir Yerushalayim award for his dedicated work for Jerusalem’s elders – especially those with Alzhimer’s disease and dementia. Melabev, of course, is very proud of the fact that within a two year period both of Melabev’s founders have been honored with this award.
When he was told about the decision to award him “Yakir Yerushalayim” Prof. Rosin was a bit amazed and said, “I admit that I haven’t yet digested the meaning of this – I was happy and proud just being a regular citizen of Jerusalem. I love the city.” But when looking at his life story, it is obvious why he was chosen to join the ranks of “Yekerei Yerushalayim”.
Prof. Rosin was born in Scotland in 1930. In 1960 he moved to London where he studied medicine in Glasgow University. In 1969, he made Aliyah to Rehovot with his wife, Marta. There he directed Herzfeld Hospital. In 1977, the couple decided to move to Jerusalem, where he worked in Shaare Zedek hospital.
From 1982-1984, Prof. Rosin served as the director of the hospital. “Those were hard times and I did my best just to keep my head above water. I didn’t really want to direct the hospital, I much preferred clinical work with geriatric patients,” says Rosin. This he was able to do for the 19 years that he ran the Geriatric Department at Shaare Zedek, where he drastically changed the way the geriatric population was cared for. The department began as a part of the Internal medicine department, but under his guidance, became a department of its own.
Together with another “Yakir Yerushalayim,” Leah Abramowitz, Prof. Rosin started Melabev. “At the hospital we saw patients who, besides their other ailments, also had dementia or Alzhiemer’s disease. We would cure them of their other diseases, but not of the Alzhiemer’s and then when it came time to send them home there was no place for them to go. There really weren’t any services then for people with Alzheimer’s disease. They couldn’t go to any of the day care centers around in those days.” For this reason, Prof. Rosin and Leah Abramowitz decided to start a unique type of day care.
Prof Rosin developed a special social and environmental treatment method for people with Alzheimer’s. He has written and lectured extensively on this method which has proven successful over the 30 years that Melabev has been in existence. “We saw that the day care programs improved the quality of life of the group members and gave them a reason to wake up in the morning.” This philosophy remains with Prof Rosin till today: “If the patient is not appropriate for the environment then our duty is to adapt the environment to him.”
“We were pioneers in the field – there was no such thing as a day care program for people with Alzheimer’s disease,” explains Rosin. “We went to the Ministry of Welfare to ask for help in running the center. They sent us to the Ministry of Health, since the clients had a disease. The Ministry of Health sent us back to the Ministry of Welfare claiming that it was for a social activity. Eventually Eshel took over the project for 5 years.”
Prof. Rosin feels that part of his mission is teaching others about Geriatrics and Gerontlogy. Therefore, he founded the Institute for the Study of Aging along with Leah Abramowitz. Every year many courses are offered that are relevant to those working with the elderly such as ” Snoezelen Therapy,” “Memory Improvement” and ” Issues at the End of Life.” In the course of his career he wrote more then 100 professional articles in medical journals and participated in writing many books.
Prof. Rosin also directs Melabev’s memory assessment clinic.
As a Geriatrician, Prof. Rosin knows the importance of exercise – and he practices what he preaches. He has participated in many marathons, and of course, Melabev’s own Walkathons, where he climbed mountains to benefit Alzheimer’s care.
Motti Zelikovitch, Melabev’s Director-General says, ” If there is anyone who deserves the Yakir Yerushalayim award in the field of aging – it is definitely Prof. Rosin. I myself have learned so much from him.”
The Leah Abramowitz Fund was established in 2008 when this founder of Melabev was designated “Yekirat Yerushalayim” (“Worthy of Jerusalem”), the capital’s highest civilian honor. Mrs. Abramowitz received this distinction for her many contributions to life in Jerusalem, but especially for her work with the elderly through a long career as a geriatric social worker. She developed and passed on to others the motivation to develop innovative approaches to elder care, with a focus on dementia care. Leah Abramowitz was Director of the Institute for Studies in Aging (formerly the Geriatric Institute) at Shaare Zedek, among her other accomplishments, and a tireless worker for Melabev.
In 2010, Prof. Arnold Rosin also received the prestigious Yakir Yerushalayim award for his years of service to Jerusalem’s elders, especially those with Alzheimer’s. Thus we have the Prof. Arnold Rosin – Leah Abramowitz Fund to which you can contribute to.
The fund, created at the suggestion of Motti Zelikovitch, makes it possible for families of the elderly with Alzheimer’s symptoms to provide the day care needed by their loved ones . The fund will now be called the Leah Abramowitz and Prof. Rosin Fund. The need to replenish the fund is particularly acute now due to the economic crisis.
You can pay for a day, a week, a month or a year of day care.
One day of care, currently, to meet minimal government standards, is priced at NIS 127 ($32). But at Melabev we offer professionally led therapeutic activities at a higher standard than is required. This raises the actual cost to Melabev for one day of care to NIS 150 (or nearly $40) and Melabev is not reimbursed for the difference.
One week of care actually costs us NIS 750 ($200). One month is NIS 3,000 ($800).
These sums are more than we charge our families and far more than many could pay. Your assistance would be gratefully appreciated by the families whom we serve. For more information, please contact us or see our donate page.