Jewish Filmmaker Takes On Elder Care System

Jewish Filmmaker Takes On Elder Care System

When Deirdre Fishel, a New York City-based Jewish filmmaker, watched her 85-year-old mother’s struggle with living alone, she wanted to help. What started as a simple search for a home heath aide unfolded into a two-year intensive examination of the elder care system — all through the lens of her upcoming documentary, “Care”.

The film, which has recently begun crowdfunding, chronicles the stories of three home health aides and their elderly clients. Vilma, the central figure in “Care,” is an undocumented worker from Costa Rica caring for Dee, a 94-year old woman suffering from dementia. Their story is two-pronged — Vilma is making poverty wages without benefits. Dee has gone through her life savings.

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