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Do the Good Thing—Please Donate to the JFCS Annual Campaign Ida has survived many hardships in life. She survived the Nazi camps as a girl in Poland and breast cancer as a middle-aged woman living in the Bay Area. But the one thing she says she can’t survive is being separated from Saul, her husband of 58 years. Saul’s been frail since his stroke. Ida can’t take care of him on her own, and the couple does not have children. Their fixed income is extremely limited and they can’t afford home care. One bad fall, Ida fears, would mean Saul… Read More

Posted by Admin on December 1, 2016
JFCS’ Palliative Care Makes Life Livable for the Chronically Ill and Persons with Disabilities
  • People with Disabilites
  • Seniors
  • Volunteers
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What do you think of when you read the term “palliative care”? If you’re like many people, you might not be familiar with it. But if you’re coping with a serious illness or disability, it’s something you and your loved ones will want to know about. Palliative care can improve your quality of life, keep you comfortably in your home—and research says it may even help you live longer.   Janelle, a JFCS Palliative Care volunteer, visits with Estelle, who recently turned 100. “Palliative care is about relieving suffering at any stage of an illness, whether you’re managing a serious… Read More

Posted by Admin on November 1, 2016
Are you a Mensch? Volunteer for Short-Term Projects and Make a Big Difference
  • People with Disabilites
  • Seniors
  • Volunteers
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At 83, Mrs. Bernstein has been doing fairly well living alone in her San Francisco apartment. As a Holocaust survivor and legally blind she is a homebound client of JFCS and receives case management and Kosher Meals on Wheels each day. Recently, she needed help installing grab bars to improve her bathroom’s safety. JFCS’ newest volunteer project, Mensches On the Go, will bring more clients access to a variety of skilled volunteers to complete short-term projects throughout the Bay Area who need a little extra help. Merle Kovtun Merle Kovtun has been a true mensch volunteering with JFCS for… Read More

Posted by Admin on August 9, 2016
News & Features: Emotional toll on caregivers of loved ones with dementia
  • JFCS in the News
  • Seniors

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By Patricia Corrigan

…S.F.-based Jewish Family and Children’s Services provides respite care four hours a week and Graham visits her parents in San Francisco every weekend. “My father was my heart and soul. He was supposed to teach my kids to play tennis and to play music. And he can’t,” she says. “Because my mom has been bound to her home for three years now, she has lost her youth, her ability to work and all her friends.”

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Posted by Admin on July 21, 2016
Media Mention: Dignity, respect at core of new approaches to Alzheimer’s care
  • JFCS in the News
  • Seniors

J Weekly

Excerpt:

A Bay Area woman struggling with mid-stage Alzheimer’s was obsessed with getting the mail. Her husband, serving as her caregiver at their home, let her bring in the mail each day, but later she would forget and want to do it again. And again. When her husband repeatedly told her the mail had already come, the woman would become agitated.

“She couldn’t hold on to the fact that she had already brought in the mail, and her husband felt that he had failed her,” said Andrea Korsunsky, director of Jewish Family and Children’s Services’ Center for Dementia Care, a program of Seniors at Home.

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Posted by Admin on June 16, 2016