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The atrocities that holocaust survivors endured continue to affect their experiences throughout their lives. As survivors age, feelings of mistrust, helplessness, and terror can come up in response to their new circumstances.
For example, survivors who were subjects in the Nazi’s horrific medical experiments may understandably fear doctors. As they need to see more medical professionals in their golden years, these survivors may struggle with anxiety or PTSD. Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease can also cause flashbacks and make survivors feel like they are reliving the holocaust over again.
Because aging can be triggering for many holocaust survivors, it’s essential for them to receive specialized care. The trained professionals at Behavioral Health Associates of Broward can provide specialized treatment while limiting triggers. They can also help loved ones learn how to best empower and help survivors through this period of life.
Counseling can play a crucial role in the treatment of holocaust survivors. BHAB trauma-informed therapists and counselors understand each person’s unique situation and how the past may affect their reactions today. This person-centered approach empowers survivors to make their own decisions about their medical care and how they want to live out the rest of their lives.
Our team of specially trained counselors understand that holocaust survivors likely will not trust them right away. After all, medical professionals and institutions have caused trauma for survivors in the past. That’s why the counselors at BHAB work on building relationships with your loved ones and earning their trust. Our counselors also know how to avoid common triggers for holocaust survivors.
Over time, our counselors can help survivors work through and learn about their feelings and traumatic experiences, so they can then help make the best changes for the survivor’s life. This empowerment is vital for all seniors. However, it is particularly essential for those who have lived through trauma.
The horrors of the holocaust continue to affect not only survivors but also the people who love them. Those who care for survivors may struggle to see their loved ones relive the worst days of their lives and fear the medical professionals who try to help. This experience can put stress on everyone involved.
Family counseling and support for the loved ones of survivors can help. In these sessions, friends and family members learn why the survivor’s trauma affects them in specific ways. They then learn how to avoid triggers and empower their loved ones.
Counseling sessions can also help loved ones work through the stress that taking care of a survivor can bring. No matter how dedicated, loving, and understanding a caretaker is, it can be incredibly difficult at times. These sessions allow family and friends of holocaust survivors to work through feelings and learn healthy coping mechanisms.
Each survivor of the holocaust has a unique and important story. That’s why BHAB provides a wide range of services to meet the needs of each individual survivor. The services we offer include:
At BHAB, we understand that Holocaust survivors deserve to live in comfort and with dignity. That’s why we empower them to make their own choices about their care and why we provide trauma-informed care every step of the way.
Our compassionate staff will connect you with the services you need and give you options. If you and your loved one need specialized counseling services in Broward County, contact us today.
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