JFCS Supports Families with the Emotional Toll of Dementia Care
  • Seniors
  • Stories & Testimonials
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Four years ago Joan became one of the every six Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease each year. The 69 year-old’s symptoms progressed quickly and her husband of over three decades, Brian, retired early from his job in order to care for her while their adult daughter lives with them in their Foster City home for added support. But living on a fixed income while coping with the challenges of caring for their loved one with dementia proved more taxing than the family had imagined. As Joan’s dementia advanced, it became more difficult for her family to connect with her, taking… Read More

Posted by Admin on July 6, 2018
Exploring ‘The End of Life’ with Sophocles
  • Grief & Bereavement
  • JFCS in the News
  • Seniors
  • Stories & Testimonials

KQED’ Forum with Michael Krasny

Death and saying goodbye—they are among life’s most mysterious and challenging phenomena. The theatrical production “End of Life” opens a dialogue about these experiences via staged readings of two Greek tragedies written by Sophocles. Artistic director Bryan Doerries joins Forum, along with award-winning actor David Strathairn and a palliative care expert, to discuss the show and making peace with mortality.

David Strathairn and Frances McDormand

David Strathairn and Frances McDormand

Guests:
David Strathairn, actor
Bryan Doerries, artistic director, Theater of War
Redwing Keyssar, palliative care director, Jewish Family and Children’s Services; author, “Last Acts of Kindness: Lessons for the Living from the Bedsides of the Dying”

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Posted by Admin on April 16, 2018
Marquee stars put the ultimate drama — death — onstage in S.F.
  • Grief & Bereavement
  • JFCS in the News
  • Seniors
  • Stories & Testimonials

J Weekly

By Laura Paull

As Sophocles surely knew, people often are able to absorb tragedy much more easily on a stage than in their own lives.

That’s the principle behind an upcoming performance at the Castro Theatre, where a New York-based theater collective will guide audiences to reflect on the ultimate drama we tend to avoid. After staged readings of scenes from two plays by the ancient Greek playwright, the ensemble will ask: Is death necessarily a tragedy?

Frances McDormand and David Strathairn

David Strathairn and Frances McDormand

“I see it, rather, as a transition,” says Judith Redwing Keyssar, palliative care director at Jewish Family and Children’s Services, sponsor of “End of Life: A Theatrical Exploration of Death, Dying and Suffering.”

Award-winning actors Frances McDormand and David Strathairn will headline the April 19 ensemble performance along with artistic director Brian Doerries and company manager Marjolaine Goldsmith. The marquee event is part of “Reimagine End of Life,” an April 16-22 series of public events throughout San Francisco exploring how our society could better deal with this inescapable fact of life.

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Posted by Admin on April 13, 2018
JFCS Announces New Physical Therapy & Rehab to Keep Older Adults Active and Independent
  • People with Disabilities
  • Seniors
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For many older adults decreased mobility, pain, and the risk of falling make daily tasks difficult or even impossible. JFCS has launched Physical Therapy and Rehab to help them remain active and independent. The new service is also available to individuals of all ages who are recuperating from an injury or surgery. Regular sessions with a licensed physical therapist take place at the client’s home or location of choice, and physical therapy is often covered by Medicare.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an injury from a fall is the leading cause of injury and death… Read More

Posted by Admin on January 9, 2018
Loneliness stops here. Caring starts with you.
  • Financial Assistance
  • Holocaust
  • People with Disabilities
  • Seniors
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“I want to die with dignity.” Nora is a client of Jewish Family and Children’s Services whose story and strength I find inspiring. She has not only survived the Holocaust, she’s outlived her husband and son. Now, at 93, she’s been diagnosed with cancer. When Nora reached out to JFCS, she tearfully said she hadn’t spoken to anyone in two weeks and that getting around on her own was painful. With no living relatives and only a small fixed income to pay her bills, Nora needs our help. “I was 17 years old when the Nazis took us from our… Read More

Posted by Admin on December 8, 2017
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