Aviv Older Adult Services

29August

A Holistic Approach to Geriatric Care

A Holistic Approach to Geriatric Care

This month, we are highlighting our Aviv Older Adult Services program. These services range from active senior programs to caregiver support - and everything in between.
Our Services Include:

Geriatric Care Management - What is it?

Learn more about geriatric care management at JF&CS from care manager,
Debbi Dooley, MS, LPC, NCC.

Posted in Aviv Older Adult Services

25May

Volunteer of the Month: Leah Henderson

Brain Health Bootcamp Superhero

Leah Henderson has been volunteering with Brain Health Boot Camp since it began in February of this year.  Brain Health Boot Camp is for individuals who have recently been diagnosed or are recognizing symptoms of early memory loss.  The program emphasizes memory enhancement through cognitive stimulation, physical exercise, education, and socialization.

Leah volunteers with the program because she says her heart is focused on helping families with a loved one living with dementia.  “It is a tough road.  People need support and they need guidance”.  Leah took care of both of her parents for 20 years and feels connected, experienced and educated to offer support to others.  She considers it a privilege to volunteer with the program and says Brain Health Boot Camp is beyond her expectations.  She wishes it had been available for her parents because she says it may have helped delay the progression of their illnesses. 

In addition to volunteering at JF&CS, Leah also volunteers as a speaker for educational programs at the Alzheimer’s Association.

For more information about the Brain Health Boot Camp please email Georgia Gunter at ggunter@jfcsatl.org.

Posted in Aviv Older Adult Services, Volunteer Services

20February

Brunch with Holocaust Survivors Bridges Generations

55 survivors gathered with young adults to break bread and talk.

Holocaust Brunch
Holocaust survivors and young adults in their 20’s and 30’s spent quality time together at a recent intergenerational brunch. The event, a collaboration between JF&CS’ Holocaust Survivor Services, JF&CS’ VIA, and the MJCCA Young Adults division, took place for the second year in a row at the MJCCA. Holocaust survivors and young adults enjoyed good conversation and delicious food as they learned about each other’s lives, and we even celebrated a survivor’s 89th birthday at the event!

The brunch started as a collaborative event between JF&CS Holocaust Survivor Services, MJCCA Young Adults, VIA program. We jointly run it together. Survivors and participants get to bond and forge intergenerational relationships and learn about each other's lives.

Want to get involved? Learn more

Posted in Aviv Older Adult Services, Volunteer Services

18September

Meet the JF&CS Staff: Georgia Gunter

As a Geriatric Care Manager and Certified Aging Life Care Manager, Georgia joined JF&CS’ Geriatric Care Management team in May 2017. An Atlanta native, she brings with her 26 years of experience in the aging eld, with an emphasis on home and community-based services. She currently serves as a geriatric care manager and leads a spousal caregiver support group.

Georgia GunterGeorgia has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Furman University. She earned a Master of Science in counseling and a graduate certificate in gerontology from Georgia State University, whose Gerontology Institute awarded her the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009. Georgia is a certified Eden at Home associate and a member of the Aging Life Care Association.

Before coming to JF&CS, Georgia worked as the director of the Weinstein Center for Adult Day Services, located at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta and more recently as the director of Adult Day of Dunwoody. In that role, she provided case management and caregiver support for the family members and clients she served. She is very active in the aging community and served on the Advisory Committee to the Governor’s Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Task Force Committee. She also served on the boards of LeadingAge Georgia and the Culture Change Network of Georgia and was president of the Georgia Adult Day Services Association.

Georgia believes she has much to learn from older adults as well as from the care partners she serves. “There’s a quote from the Live Oak Institute that really resonates with me:

‘An elder is a person who is still growing, still a learner, still with potential and whose life continues to have within it promise for and connection to the future.’

“I am so honored to work for an organization that truly values its elders.”

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Aviv Older Adult Services

23June

After 70 years, a Bar Mitzvah at Last

How Leon Asner celebrated his bar mitzvah

After 70 years, a Bar Mitzvah at Last
It’s a good thing Anat Granath doesn’t take “no” for an answer.

Granath, a social worker with JF&CS’ Holocaust Survivor Services program, received a call one day from someone at the William Bremen Jewish Heritage Museum asking her to visit Leon Asner. An 85-year-old survivor who recently had suffered a heart attack, Asner wouldn’t even come to his door. So she placed a bag of food there and left. But she came back. And came back again. Finally, he let her in.

Posted in Aviv Older Adult Services

19June

Friendly Visitor Program Works to Reduce Senior Isolation

Program matches seniors with volunteers

Friendly Visitor Program Works to Reduce Senior Isolation
With social isolation impacting many older adults, meaningful interactions and warm conversations with others grow increasingly rare and simultaneously more important to those who may have limited access to a social network. JF&CS’ One Good Deed program aims to address this by matching older adults with volunteers in order to create newfound friendships and invaluable connections across generations. Spearheaded by Sharon Spiegelman, One Good Deed Manager, and Vivienne Kurland, One Good Deed Coordinator, the program has already matched 65 older adults with community volunteers.

Among the matches, Sheva Vapne, a Holocaust survivor, and Ellen Gebel have been matched together for over a year, and enjoy meeting every other week at Sheva’s home for a friendly visit.

Posted in Aviv Older Adult Services, Volunteer Services

14March

1 Good Deed Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary with JF&CS.

Playing matchmaker for 11 years

1 Good Deed Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary with JF&CS.
Sharon  Spiegelman and Viv Kurland  view themselves as  “old-fashioned” matchmakers.  Only instead of matching young couples, they pair seniors with volunteer companions, or “friendly visitors.” The two run One Good Deed (OGD), an 11-year-old program that  is celebrating its  one-year anniversary as part of JF&CS.

Posted in Aviv Older Adult Services

06July

Finding Her Balance

Finding Her Balance
Sometimes things just fall into place, even when it seems like they’re falling apart. When Gloria White walked into JF&CS in January 2015, she was “a wreck, a ball of anxiety.” You wouldn’t know it now.

Gloria had been a carefree college student living on her own, “a millennial going out and having fun all the time.” Then her mom, who had been sick, needed to have a leg amputated. Gloria moved back home.

Written by Sheri Panovka, Posted in Aviv Older Adult Services, Career Services

06July

Healing the Spirit, Healing the Body

Healing the Spirit, Healing the Body
By July 2015, Amy Fergusson-Williams knew she needed help. Her husband Rodney had been forgetting things and at times was not acting like himself. Before she knew it, Amy had gone from a household partner and wife to a full-time caregiver.

“I was feeling hopeless and overwhelmed, like I couldn’t catch up,” said Amy. “I didn’t know where to go or what to do.”

Written by Sheri Panovka, Posted in Aviv Older Adult Services

17June

How To Help Someone’s Golden Years Shine

How To Help Someone’s  Golden Years Shine
“Getting old and living alone is a very difficult assignment for every person of my age,” said Eva Friedlander. “The fact that I can rely on Anat for personal needs and counseling is a tremendously significant thing. She’s somebody who really gives you the feeling that although you are old, your life is worth something.”

Posted in Aviv Older Adult Services

30April

Perform a Mitzvah through Aviv Celebrations

Perform a Mitzvah through Aviv Celebrations

With her Bat Mitzvah coming, Marin Londe, a 6th grader at The Epstein School, wanted to do a service project that would make someone else’s day special. She and a friend had an idea: Visit an independent living community and walk the residents’ dogs. “Not only did I find the experience meaningful,” said Marin, “but the notion of friends helping friends helping others as part of tzedekah was very meaningful to me.”

Written by Sheri Panovka, Posted in Aviv Older Adult Services

07November

Aging During the Holidays

How to Enhance the JOY for YOUR Older Adults During Holidays

Aging During the Holidays

With all of the celebrations it brings, the holiday season is the happiest time of year for many people. But it is important to remember that for numerous older adults, the holidays may not bring the same pleasant feelings as they did in the past. This time of year can be quite challenging for older adults and can even be painful. That said, there are a few things you can do this year to help make sure the holidays are pleasurable for everyone in your life.

Written by Mandy Kaufman, Posted in Aviv Older Adult Services

30May

The Importance of Companionship for Older Adults

The Importance of Companionship for Older Adults

Statistics show 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 daily for the next 16 years. That’s the age that traditionally has marked someone as an “older adult.” When you hear that term, what comes to mind? Granted, people age differently than they used to. Still, the term often evokes images of elderly people needing care, medications, doctors, nursing homes, hospice and so forth. While those are the things and the people that keep their bodies healthy, there is something that can keep their minds healthy: companionship.

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Aviv Older Adult Services

27December

2012 Caregiver Retreat with expert, Teepa Snow

2012 Caregiver Retreat with expert, Teepa Snow

On Fri., Nov. 16, JF&CS' Aviv Older Adult Services - Tools for Aging division hosted a Caregiver Retreat at Trinity Presbyterian Church for 58 family caregivers. Teepa Snow, Alzheimer’s and Dementia expert and advisor to Arbor Company Communities, engaged the group in a way that was educational and helpful for anyone going through the struggle of caring for an older adult.

 

Posted in Aviv Older Adult Services

18December

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin, a moving concert-drama

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin, a moving concert-drama

This fall, the inspiring concert-drama Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin was performed at Atlanta Symphony Hall. Created by Conductor Murray Sidlin, the concert featured a full performance of Guiseppe Verdi’s Requiem performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) & Chorus. To call this performance a concert however, would not adequately describe the powerful presentation that took place that night. Interspersed throughout the Requiem, the story of life at Theresienstadt Concentration Camp unfolded with actors, historic Nazi film footage and video interviews with original chorus members.

Written by Amy Neuman, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Aviv Older Adult Services

29November

Help for Aging Parents is a Phone Call Away

Help for Aging Parents is a Phone Call Away

As the Resource Support Specialist for Aviv Older Adult Services – Tools for Aging, I get a lot of calls about the services and support we offer families. Each one is different, but many callers have common concerns. I try to give as much information as I can while trying to offer support for the caller, and, of course, all calls are confidential. Here are just a few examples of questions with typical answers I offer:

Written by Cori Sackin, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Aviv Older Adult Services

22May

A Caregiver's Bill of Rights

A Caregiver's Bill of Rights

Being a caregiver is tougher than most jobs. The concern, the love and compassion, and the list of what you need to do both as a caregiver and as an adult who has multiple responsibilities are always with you. Caregivers give up jobs, cut back hours and pay for services for their loved ones out of their own pockets. They need to put themselves first, but they tend to put themselves last. It is essential for caregivers to care for themselves in order to adequately care for their loved ones. We hope this “Caregiver's Bill of Rights” helps our caregivers remember simple ways they can care for themselves.

Written by Debbi Dooley, Posted in Aviv Older Adult Services

14March

From Beijing to Atlanta, New York City photographer, Reed Young travels far to focus his lens on JF&CS’ Art Therapy Group at the Jewish Tower

From Beijing to Atlanta, New York City photographer, Reed Young travels far to focus his lens on JF&CS’ Art Therapy Group at the Jewish Tower

Since 1995, residents of the Jewish Tower in Buckhead have been channeling their life experience into exquisite art, which has been displayed at their annual Gallery Show. With the help of Reed Young, this year’s members, some of which have been participating for almost two decades, will be showcased as well. Last Friday, Reed and his collaborator Rachel Gottesman, turned our artists on their heads, making them the subject of his work and bringing joy into their day and his.

Written by Nikki Bagli, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Aviv Older Adult Services

12March

Reflections on the URJ Mitzvah Day - Helping the Community One Person at a Time

Reflections on the URJ Mitzvah Day - Helping the Community One Person at a Time

On February 19th, the Atlanta area Reform congregations participated in the first URJ Mitzvah Day. Over 250 volunteers met at The Temple for a little nosh and some text study before departing for one of the five tracks:

Written by Suzanne Katz, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Aviv Older Adult Services

21February

Blog Series: Tools For Leaders - Session 2

Blog Series: Tools For Leaders - Session 2

“What would we like to change in our community if we could”? This thought-provoking question was how we began our second session. The answers that followed included some of the following remarks: more of a sense of community, more involvement by younger generations, environmentally friendly, collaboration and civic advocacy. I am hopeful that each of us will continue to strive to make our community a better place.

Written by Sheri Kornblum, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Aviv Older Adult Services, Volunteer Services

04January

NORC Bids Farewell to Barbara Rosenberg

NORC Bids Farewell to Barbara Rosenberg

On December 31, 2011, JF&CS said goodbye to one of most faithful and long-standing employees, when Barbara Rosenberg retired after 22 years of incredible service.  Her outstanding achievements have positioned JF&CS’ NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) program and older adult services as one of the leading programs available for older adults in the State of Georgia.

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Aviv Older Adult Services

15November

Don’t Forget… to Exercise your Brain: Know the Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease

Don’t Forget… to Exercise your Brain: Know the Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease

November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, and November 15th is National Memory Screening Day.

Research suggests lifestyle changes can reduce risk for dementia. A new, theoretical analysis finds that about half of the risk factors for Alzheimer's disease are potentially changeable, and that reducing them could substantially decrease the number of new cases of disease worldwide. Similar to the idea that joint health starts with physical exercise to keep your muscles strong, brain health starts with social and mental exercise to reduce stress, strengthen brain cells and the connections between them, and possibly even create new nerve cells.

Written by Sarah Howell, Posted in Aviv Older Adult Services