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Resources for Grandparenting & National Grandparents’ Day

A Hug from GranddaughterThis 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.

Small F Logo CroppedVisit our Facebook page to share your feelings about your grandchildren or grandparents.

Heart CutoutsExpress your love for your grandchildren or grandparents with a donation to Jewish Family Service of St. Paul!

JFS Sponsors “Ageless Grace” Movement Events

Ageless Grace LogoOn 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.

Helping Your Child with Back-to-School Anxiety

As the Gershwin brothers’ song so famously states, “Summertime and the livin’ is easy…” Yet, while summer for most children is filled with carefree fun, starting school, returning to school, or beginning a new school experience in the fall can leave many children and adolescents riddled with anxiety as they prepare to face emotional, social, and educational challenges absent in the summer. “What will school be like?” “Will my teacher be nice?” “Can I handle the new workload?” “Will I fit in socially?” “Will my new classmates like me?” “Are my clothes OK?” These are only a few of the many questions with which children and teens might be struggling as they prepare for a new school year, if they are even able to put such worries into words.

In this comprehensive article on the topic of back-to-school anxiety, JFS Counseling Services Director Mitchell Wittenberg offers many tips and much encouragement to help you ease your child into the upcoming school year.

Click here to see the complete article.

Touching Lives


From Jackie’s Story

Jackie came to JFS in August 2011 after she chose UCare for her health insurance program. She had just turned 65. Jackie had been living with her daughter but decided to move and live in an apartment alone after she and her daughter had a…

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