Aviv Older Adult 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

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