JFS Perspectives

Seniors Matter: Heavy Hearts During the Holidays

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Seniors Matter: Heavy Hearts During the Holidays

The holidays present themselves as an opportune time to cherish and celebrate life and love with family and friends. It is a time of excess decorations, sacred rituals, and reflection on the prior year. As the holidays bring feelings of happiness, joy, and community to many, others are greeted with heavy hearts as they face changed traditions forced onto them by the year’s losses. 

Read More


Boulder Volunteer Baker is the Apple of Our Eye

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

For the past several years, baker extraordinaire Lisa Hainline has added some extra sweetness to the High Holy Day services Boulder JFS brings to local retirement communities. As a cherished behind-the-scenes volunteer, Lisa bakes as many apple cakes as our Boulder staff asks her to—this year it’s six! While the residents enjoy the traditional apples and honey that is served at most Rosh Hashanah celebrations, they are thrilled to see Lisa’s homemade cakes on the tables. 

Read More


Seniors Matter: Serving a Growing Demographic

Monday, August 21, 2017
Seniors Matter: Serving a Growing Demographic

I have spent my career dedicated to improving the lives of older adults. For me, there is nothing more important than honoring our elders by ensuring they have dignity, respect, choice, and autonomy as they age. As I entered my role at Jewish Family Service nearly a year ago, I did so with great excitement—knowing that the array of services we offer to older adults improves their quality of life. 

Read More


Seniors Matter: Senior Social Isolation - The Growing Concern

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Seniors Matter: Senior Social Isolation - The Growing Concern

Do you know of a socially isolated senior? JFS Senior Solutions wants you to strengthen our community by reaching out to seniors in need. Loneliness and social isolation hinder the lives of older adults in our community every day. Loneliness is a subjective feeling of being alone that we may feel from time to time. In contrast, social isolation is the objective lack or absence of social contact. Considering the U.S.’s older adult population will continue to expand until its estimated peak of 81.1 million older adults in 2036, senior social isolation (SSI) is a growing concern.
 

Read More


Seidah Muhammad-Green: A Vision of Happiness and Joy

Thursday, June 22, 2017
Seidah Muhammad-Green: A Vision of Happiness and Joy

Seidah Muhammad-Green is a longtime client of JFS’s Senior Solutions department. At 84 years old, she is completely blind. She has some additional health challenges and needs extra support to live safely and comfortably in her home. The support that JFS provides has been invaluable.  

Read More


Seniors Matter: Reflections of a Social Work Intern

Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Seniors Matter: Reflections of a Social Work Intern

While attending the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver, I had the unique opportunity to enroll in a travel course and brief internship in Cape Town, South Africa. I had the pleasure of interning at The Haven Night Shelter (The Haven), an organization that provides transitional housing for adults ages 21 to 60. Through this experience, I identified two strong principles that now help guide my work at Jewish Family Service. 

Read More


Seniors Matter: Coping With Change

Friday, January 20, 2017
Seniors Matter: Coping With Change

Our lives are full of change. Sometimes a change is small and personal. Sometimes it is large and has tremendous impact on our society. Some changes feel positive and full of hope, while others feel difficult and filled with dread.  

Read More


The Villager: Matthews Joins JFS as Director of Senior Solutions Center

Thursday, October 13, 2016

An article announcing our new director of the Jay and Rose Phillips Senior Solutions Center was featured in The Villager October 13, 2016: 

Read More


Caring Conversations with Older Adult Drivers

Friday, May 06, 2016

In honor of Older Americans Month, here are some helpful tips about how to have a caring conversation with an older adult when it may be time to limit or give up driving.  

Read More


Seniors Matter: The Powerful Impact of Pets

Friday, July 31, 2015
By Buffy Sophinos, JD, MSW,  

Read More


1 2 3 Next