JFS Perspectives

The Changing Landscape of Service to Older Adults

Wednesday, March 06, 2019
The Changing Landscape of Service to Older Adults

Every single day, the Senior Solutions team at JFS works to coordinate an array of services to help older adults live as independently as possible for as long as possible. Right now, someone is likely getting their house cleaned by one of our dedicated homemakers. Another client is opening the door to a JFS driver there to drop off a kosher meal. And yet another is talking intently with their care manager about coordinating services to help them remain in their own home for as long as possible. This is merely a snapshot of the many services offered by the Senior Solutions department at JFS. We are honored to provide these and so much more! 

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Client Spotlight: Seeing Sandy's Potential

Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Client Spotlight: Seeing Sandy's Potential

Sandy Marsik is 71 years old and legally blind. She suffers from a rare genetic disease that has resulted in the loss of most of her vision. Since her diagnosis, she’s had cataracts in both eyes, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. She’s had five corneal transplant surgeries. While her eyesight has improved after each, the disease always progresses. 

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Moving Mom and Dad

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Moving Mom and Dad

One of the questions we receive most often is around how to go about moving your parents—whether it’s across the country to be closer to family or across the street into a retirement community. Adult children want to ensure that the transition goes smoothly, tending to their parents’ health, finances, and logistics.  

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Local Photographer’s Goal is to Photograph Every Living Holocaust Survivor

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Local Photographer’s Goal is to Photograph Every Living Holocaust Survivor

Denver couple John and Amy Israel Pregulman have made it their mission to photograph as many Holocaust survivors as possible, before it’s too late. This project began in 2015 when John was commissioned to take pictures of survivors for an exhibit at a Holocaust museum in Illinois. After his work there was done, he felt like he needed to continue. 

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Seniors Matter: Addressing the Issue of Invisibility Among Older Adults

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Age should not define a person or diminish respect from others. There is a generation of people overlooked every day and little attention is paid to this growing problem. 

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Circle Talk: Enter as Strangers and Leave as Friends

Monday, July 09, 2018
Circle Talk: Enter as Strangers and Leave as Friends

If someone gave you a million dollars to spend on yourself, how would you spend it? If you could give it away to make the world a better place, to whom would you give it? These are the types of questions that older adults explore together in Circle Talk. This program creates a safe space for older adults to have meaningful conversations about the things that matter most to them. Circle Talk draws connections between group members’ life experiences, giving them the chance to speak to the real moments that shape their lives and sense of self.  

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Older Adults and Employment: Staying Active and Engaged

Friday, May 11, 2018

Working a career for several years and then arriving at a decision to retire has its pros and cons. It may mean more time to try new things and be adventurous, or added time spoiling the grandchildren. In spite of the joys of retiring, it is also a period of transition and a time when questions may arise as to how to maintain passions and connections with others.  

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Barbara Garrett: A Volunteer So Nice, She’s Doing It Twice!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Barbara Garrett: A Volunteer So Nice, She’s Doing It Twice!

Barbara Garrett has been volunteering with Boulder JFS for the past year and a half, ever since she retired from her position as a tax advocate. She was looking for a meaningful way to volunteer and help others, and Boulder JFS offered precisely the opportunity she was looking for. “Volunteering with JFS was always in the back of my mind,” says Barbara. “When the time came, I knew who to call.” 

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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. 

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Seniors Matter: Reduce Your Risk of Isolation

Friday, March 24, 2017
Seniors Matter: Reduce Your Risk of Isolation

Isolation can happen faster than you think, and the risk factors involved can impact one’s goal to age in place. Fortunately, isolation is also avoidable and reversible, and the activities involved can be tailored to any lifestyle or interest. Taking short walks, volunteering at a school or animal shelter, or learning something new can improve an individual’s well-being. People who engage in active lifestyles:  

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