November Is National Family Caregivers Month
Over 50 million Americans are recognized this month during National Family Caregivers Month. The estimated value of the “free” services provided by these family members caring for loved ones who are frail, chronically ill or disabled is conservatively estimated to be $306 billion each year. Family caregivers provide a vast array of emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services on a daily or on an intermittent basis.
An article on caregiving written by JFS’s Senior Services Director Chris Rosenthal, appeared in the October 24 issue of the American Jewish World. Chris begins her article with:
Family members provide over 75% of caregiving support in the United States, delivering ever increasing and varied forms of support for their aging parents, siblings and partners. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, the typical caregiver is a 46 year old woman who works outside the home and spends more than 20 hours per week providing unpaid care for an aging parent. Many caregivers of older people are elderly themselves, and experience their own significant health issues. For caregivers, the challenges of managing daily life can seem overwhelming. So often, however, we don’t view ourselves as caregivers–we’re just “helping.” If we don’t see ourselves as care providers, then would we ever seek or accept critical resources for help? Please begin to see yourself, the helper, as a true caregiver.
Click here to read Chris’s entire article, “Caring for Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities: Asking for Help Is A Sign of Strength!”
Resources for Grandparenting & National Grandparents’ Day
This year, JFS honored National Grandparents’ Day (September 7) by launching our grandparents/grandparenting site, where you’ll find some information about the holiday, resources for Jewish grandparents and a poignant story on the sweetness of grandparenting by JFS Board Member Irv Lerner and his granddaughters Miriam and Daniele.
Visit our Facebook page to share your feelings about your grandchildren or grandparents.
Express your love for your grandchildren or grandparents with a donation to Jewish Family Service of St. Paul!
JFS Sponsors “Ageless Grace” Movement Events
On Friday morning, September 5, JFS’s LEAP for Seniors project (Life Enrichment Action Program) will sponsor two classes featuring Ageless Grace. The classes will be led by Ageless Grace practitioner Pola Rest at two St. Paul senior apartment facilities—Rockwood Place (9:30 a.m.) and Graham Place (11:00 a.m.). The programs are open to residents of each facility and their families.
Ageless Grace is a cutting-edge brain fitness program based on neuroplasticity that activates all five functions of the brain—analytical, strategic, kinesthetic learning, memory/recall, and creativity/imagination. The program simultaneously addresses all 21 physical skills needed for lifelong optimal function.
It consists of 21 simple exercise “tools” designed for all ages and abilities. These exercises, based on everyday movements that are natural and organic, focus on the healthy longevity of the body and mind. These 21 tools are easy to do at home and are designed to be performed seated in a chair, standing near or behind a chair, on a bed or down on the floor. Almost anyone can do them, regardless of most physical conditions.
LEAP for Seniors is a project of Jewish Family Service of St. Paul, funded in part by a CS/SD grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. With LEAP, clients who are experiencing depression may engage in a program through which their mood is improved and a sense of well being is nurtured.
Robin Williams’ death brings the focus on mental illness
The untimely death of actor/entertainer Robin Williams reminds us of the importance of identifying and addressing mental illness. Mitchell Wittenberg, PH.d., LP, JFS Counseling Supervisor, contributed to an article published in TCJewfolk, stressing the importance of not ignoring the signs of depression. Click here to see the complete article.
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