‘This Saves My Mother’: Jerusalem Sends Artists to Seniors to Alleviate Loneliness in Corona Times

Photo by Eitan Elhadez-Barak/TPS


The Jerusalem Municipality has recently launched a unique art project dedicated to the city’s senior citizens in which artists and musicians perform in their houses and alleviate the loneliness that comes with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Coronavirus crisis has given rise to many difficulties, with the loneliness of the elderly being one of the most prominent. The Jerusalem Municipality has decided to make art accessible to the elderly and those confined to their homes, in a creative way and launched “Confined to Art.”

In this unique project, artists and creators arrive at the individuals’ homes and hold private performances and activities in the living room, including one-hour creative workshops, once a week for six weeks.

The positive experiences generated very warm responses. One social worker said that for the first time in a long time she heard one of the elderly women laughing, thanks to the meeting.

Another artist met with an adult couple in their home, where they created an oriental-style musical performance, which took place on the porch of their home.

“This activity saves my mother,” says Talia Horesh, daughter of an elderly resident of the city. “My mother used to go out for activities three times a week at Yad Sarah, and now she’s been home for half a year. She’s been on the verge of a deep depression. Thanks to ‘Confined to Art’ she has done wonderful works with the artist. It’s a blessed activity.”

Jerusalem’s Mayor Moshe Lion said that “the combination of a social mechanism for relieving loneliness together with culture, art and creation is a winning combination that positively affects the mood of the elderly, especially in this period of social distancing.”

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