JFS Perspectives

Volunteer Spearheads Successful Tech to Connect Program

Monday, May 18, 2020

Sue MackeySue Mackey, a Boulder JFS volunteer, recently started a wonderful program to help connect local isolated older adults with their families. Sue explains the program and how she got the idea: 

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Staying Connected to Older Adults During the Pandemic

Monday, May 11, 2020
Staying Connected to Older Adults During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted our Aging Care & Connections department and the more than 450 older adult clients it serves. Bernice, a 90-year-old resident at Kavod Senior Life, has received JFS services for many years. She lives alone and struggles with several health challenges. Before the pandemic, a JFS homemaker cleaned her apartment every two weeks, which she greatly misses and looks forward to receiving this service again when it’s safe. Her care manager, Mako, calls her weekly to check-in, which Bernice says is “so wonderful in these times. I feel like someone is looking out for me.” 

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Caring for Our Community During the COVID-19 Crisis

Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Caring for Our Community During the COVID-19 Crisis

While our physical locations are closed and programs have been canceled, we are serving more people than ever during this pandemic. Thank you to our incredible staff who is working tirelessly and in creative ways to serve the community through a variety of services. Below are a few highlights of our COVID-19 response: 

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Older Adults Matter: A Brand-New Name, Same Great Service

Tuesday, March 03, 2020
Older Adults Matter: A Brand-New Name, Same Great Service

A couple of months ago, after careful thought and consideration, JFS officially changed the name of the Jay and Rose Phillips Senior Solutions Center to Jay and Rose Phillips Aging Care & Connections (ACC). Why the change, you may ask? Well, there’s been a shift in the world of older adult services, and the words we use matter.  

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Mike Korn: Broadening a Jewish Connection for Older Adults

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Mike Korn: Broadening a Jewish Connection for Older Adults

Mike KornFor the past three years Mike Korn has served as a JFS volunteer para-chaplain, leading Shabbat services for the residents of HighPointe Assisted Living & Memory Care. Mike’s engaging biweekly and holiday services regularly attract both Jewish and non-Jewish residents. 

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JFS Offers Homemaker Services at Reduced Rates

Friday, August 09, 2019

Could you or someone you love benefit from homemaker services? Jewish Family Service (JFS) has openings for individuals in need of assistance to receive housekeeping services on a sliding-fee scale, based on income. Rates start as low as $13 per hour. The program is open to older adults, age 60 and above, and adults under 60 who have physical disabilities.
 

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The Changing Dynamic of Counseling for Older Adults

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
The Changing Dynamic of Counseling for Older Adults

Throughout my almost 20 years as a licensed clinical social worker, I have had the honor of providing counseling services to older adults and, at times, their families. Traditionally, our counseling services for older adults have offered support and expertise around life transitions that come with aging, which may include grief, loss, social isolation, sadness, depression, and/or anxiety. We are eager to support our clients through these valid challenges. 

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A Happy Purim Partnership

Thursday, March 21, 2019
A Happy Purim Partnership

Thank you to Congregation Har HaShem for partnering with Boulder JFS again this year to provide mishloach manot packages to 35 of our clients for Purim. Har HaShem created the gift bags and 20 of our volunteers delivered them to older adults in the community. The seniors received a reusable tote bag filled with hamentashen, Gatorade, granola bars, chocolates, and instant coffee packets.  

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CircleTalk: Enter as Strangers, Leave as Friends

Friday, March 15, 2019
CircleTalk: Enter as Strangers, Leave as Friends

For some older adults who leave their homes for the security and support offered by senior residential communities, the transition is difficult. Social networks are disrupted or lost leading to loneliness, isolation, and lack of meaningful community. A growing body of research shows that these transitions can increase the risk of cognitive decline, dementia, and depression. A survey done by health insurer Cigna in 2018 found that loneliness rivals smoking and obesity as a health risk. 

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A Shared Love of Family Brought Two Strangers Together

Wednesday, March 06, 2019
A Shared Love of Family Brought Two Strangers Together

When Lexi Szewczuga’s grandmother in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, passed away last fall, she wanted to honor her grandma’s memory by helping a local senior. “My mom often visited my grandma in her nursing home and shared that hardly any of the residents had visitors and how excited they were when people did visit,” Lexi explains. She used Volunteer Match to search for opportunities helping seniors and found the Friendly Visitor program at Jewish Family Service. 

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