Author: Beri Kravitz

Medicare Open Enrollment

Blog, News / By Beri Kravitz / September 15, 2022

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Medicare Open Enrollment begins October 15 and runs through December 7. While JCA SHIP counsels on all aspects of Medicare, our focus during this time frame is assisting beneficiaries with Part D Prescription Drug Plan analysis. This 5-week time frame is the only time seniors can elect to switch for the best plan to manage …

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Webinar: Realities of Dementia

KC Blog / By Beri Kravitz / September 14, 2022

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This program is designed to help families and friends deal with caring for a loved one with dementia. Facilitators will provide a new understanding of the multilevel dynamics at play when a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia comes into play. We will discuss real life situations, actions, and reactions of all involved as …

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Respite Coordination from the ARC Montgomery County

Blog, KC Blog, News / By Beri Kravitz / September 13, 2022

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If you reside in Montgomery County and are an unpaid, primary caregiver for a frail senior citizen, living in the same household, you may apply for respite coordination from The Arc Montgomery County. A respite program can provide short-term relief for a few hours, a day, a weekend, or sometimes longer. However, respite care is not a substitute for …

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Virtual Wellness Programs beginning in September

KC Blog, News / By Beri Kravitz / August 23, 2022

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BrookGrove Retirement Village is offering several virtual wellness programs and support groups. Offerings include Everyday Balance, Alzheimer’s Support, Mindful Meditation, and Healthy Hip & Knee Habits. See the full list and register on the BrookGrove website.

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Career Gateway and CareerTech Receive Funding from NextFifty Initiative

News / By Beri Kravitz / August 22, 2022

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The Jewish Council for the Aging (JCA’s) Career Gateway and CareerTech Employment Programs Receive Funding from NextFifty Initiative Rockville, MD– August 22nd, 2022 — JCA’s Career Gateway and CareerTech have received significant funding from NextFifty Initiative, a Colorado-based foundation that supports efforts to improve the lives of older adults and their caregivers. This funding will …

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“Just Us” at the National Gallery of Art

KC Blog, News / By Beri Kravitz / August 17, 2022

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Just Us at the National Gallery of Art provides interactive, discussion-based experiences for people with memory loss and their care partners. Participants explore two works of art during virtual sessions on Zoom, meeting weekly on Mondays from 2:00 to 3:15 p.m. (EST). Virtual meetings of Just Us The virtual Just Us sessions continue to be …

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MoCo Recreation Fall Registration is open

KC Blog, News / By Beri Kravitz / August 17, 2022

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Montgomery County Recreation has many ways for independent adults, 55 and better to stay active and healthy. Whether you are working, semi-retired, or fully retired, the county has many programs, activities, classes, and events for you to choose from. There are many opportunities for you to THRIVE: Travel programs-we travel both near and far throughout …

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Washington Post: A Dizzying Tour of Medicare’s Drug Pricing Labyrinth

News / By Beri Kravitz / August 9, 2022

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In light of the recent passing of the Inflation Reduction Act which allows Medicare to negotiate drug pricing, the Washington Post ran an article outlining just how complicated the current system is. Drug pricing is only one concern for those insured by Medicare. There are regular doctor visits, hospitalization, home health care, and other medical …

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May ’22 Senior Resouces Guide: Caregiving

Blog, News, Publications / By Beri Kravitz / May 5, 2022

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Caregivers need patience, nerves of steel, creativity, common sense, humor, compassion, and strength. It is hard work. It consumes an incredible amount of time – sometimes even throughout the night – and, sadly, often those needing assistance are not grateful as they struggle to deal with their new reality of not being in charge of …

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Virtual Reality allows seniors to see the world without leaving home

News, Publications / By Beri Kravitz / March 3, 2022

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Virtual reality helps seniors not only by boosting their mood, but also by promoting brain activity – both of which reduce overall healthcare costs over time. Using virtual reality reality headsets, a senior can experience many of the same benefits without having to be outwardly social. Residents [of nursing homes] do not have to come …

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