I recently returned from a tour of aging services in Israel led by Rabbi Dayle Friedman.  I was the only attorney on the tour.  The vast majority of the 17 other tour participants work as professionals in pastoral care.  I witnessed the beauty of how the pastoral care professionals interacted with Jewish, Muslim, and Christian seniors, many whom were in need of long-term care.  I saw the love in their eyes and the positive response from those they comforted and brought meaning to.  We, as attorneys, are trained to solve problems our clients present to us.  Sometimes, we forget that we cannot solve all the issues.  As a result of my 10 day trip to Israel with wonderful, caring individuals, I have a new found respect for the value of spirituality for older adults.

The below link is a list of the top 10 spiritual practices for older adults in long-term care communities by Nancy Gordon

Top 10 Spiritual Practices for Older Adults

About Jerry

Jerold E. Rothkoff, a practicing New Jersey and Pennsylvania attorney, is the Principal of the Rothkoff Law Group, an elder care law firm. Jerry dedicates his practice to serving clients in the areas of life care planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid & VA benefits, and advocacy for the elderly and disabled. He is past President of the NJ Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, former chair of the elder law section of the NJ State Bar Association, and past President of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association. Jerry continues to be an outspoken advocate for the rights of the elderly and disabled. He writes for and gives presentations regularly to attorneys and other professionals about legal issues related to seniors and those with disabilities. Jerry’s community activities include the Twilight Wish Foundation, the Delaware Valley Stroke Council, the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as numerous other advocacy groups. When not in the office, Jerry spends time with his wife, Erica, and their five children, eighteen-year old identical twin girls, Liza and Julia, fifteen-year old fraternal twin boys, Evan and Gregory, and six-year old Aitan.

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