JFS Perspectives

Spunky 96-Year-Old Diane

Thursday, January 19, 2017

In August, Boulder JFS received a request for help from a hospice chaplain. The chaplain relayed that a woman he had been visiting, Diane Merrick, told him, “Everything is in order, except I need to see a rabbi.”  

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Winter 2017 Boulder Matters

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Winter 2017 Boulder Matters

The Winter 2017 issue of the Boulder Matters newsletter is online now! This issue includes:  

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Giving Starts Early

Friday, December 16, 2016
Giving Starts Early

We just found out about some mitzvahs (good deeds) a four-year-old girl in our community has been doing for the holiday season! The family wants to remain anonymous, but here’s what her mom told us: 

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Fall 2016 Boulder Matters Newsletter

Friday, October 07, 2016

The Fall 2016 issue of the Boulder Matters newsletter is online now! This issue includes: 

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Helping Marcia Navigate the Medicare System

Tuesday, July 05, 2016
Helping Marcia Navigate the Medicare System

Shortly after Boulder JFS care management client Marcia Dorheim celebrated her 65th birthday in July, she ran into an unexpected surprise. When she went to the pharmacy to pick up her monthly medications she found out she was no longer enrolled in Colorado’s Medicaid program nor had she been transferred to the Medicare program after her birthday. A medication that previously cost $2.50 on Medicaid was now $107! Marcia turned to Boulder JFS Care Manager Jodi Ansell to help her find out why she had been dropped from Medicaid, and more importantly, to help her obtain her needed medications as soon as possible.

Because Marcia was at risk of having a seizure without her medications, Jodi immediately arranged for a JFS fund to pay for the drug. When Jodi went to the pharmacy to pick up the medicine for Marcia and explained the situation, the pharmacy ran the prescription through their discount program and the cost was reduced to $35.

After Marcia got her medication, Jodi went to work on finding out why Marcia had been dropped by Medicaid. It turns out that when Marcia turned 65 and applied for Medicare, she had not signed up for Medicare Part D, the prescription plan. Not only that, but the Social Security department had a couple of different names for Marcia, including her given name and her married name. This further complicated the situation. These are common issues people face as they navigate their way through Medicare. Fortunately, Jodi knew exactly what to do. She contacted the Boulder County Medicare counselor and together they were able to help Marcia with all the necessary paperwork to ensure she would receive her prescriptions through Medicare, as well as complete her name change paperwork with the Social Security Administration.

Photo: Boulder JFS client Marcia Dorheim with Care Manager Jodi Ansell.  

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Car Mitzvah Queen: Karli Sherwinter

Thursday, March 17, 2016
Car Mitzvah Queen: Karli Sherwinter

Most people don’t think of JFS when they think about donating their cars. But thanks to Karli Sherwinter, the word is spreading that JFS takes car donations. 

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Why I Volunteer With Boulder JFS

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Why I Volunteer With Boulder JFS

When Carolyn Bleicher (pictured with husband Kevin) is asked why she volunteers for Boulder JFS, she always says, “I love older adults! They have such interesting life stories and wisdom.” It is this warmth and positivity that makes Carolyn an invaluable asset to Boulder JFS.  

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Go Behind the Scenes with Argo Producer at Reel Hope Boulder!

Friday, November 01, 2013
David Klawans 

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