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May ’22 Senior Resouces Guide: Caregiving

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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JCA Recognizes Our Outstanding Volunteers

JCA Events, JCA Programs, News / By Suzanne Pollak / April 13, 2022

Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington is so proud of all our awesome volunteers. On April 5, we took time to virtually recognize some of the many people who enable JCA to leave a positive effect on so many seniors. During National Volunteer Month, we recognized: Marianne Miller, (pictured) a certified Medicare counselor …

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Virtual Reality allows seniors to see the world without leaving home

News / 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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Sixth Grader Gives Her Paintings to Isolated Seniors

News / By Suzanne Pollak / December 29, 2021

Twelve-year-old Kate Waldstreicher, the daughter of Maryland Sen. Jeff Waldstreicher (D-18), filled her Student Service Opportunity hours by painting scenes that now brighten the residences of home-bound seniors and nursing home residents. Kate, a sixth grader at North Bethesda Middle School, delivered her artwork to the Student Global Ambassador Program, which in turn distributed them …

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Dec. ’21 Resource Guide: Communication Involves More Than Just Talking

News, Publications / By Beri Kravitz / December 9, 2021

It has been a while since one-on-one, in-person conversations and meetings were the norm. Communicating via Zoom never truly felt right, but at least there was that. This Senior Resources Guide, hopefully, will help you deal with the challenges of communicating in person, attending card games and meetings, and generally getting out and about with …

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Friendly Chat Phone Volunteers Needed

KC club, News / By Beri Kravitz / November 24, 2021

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Friendly Chat Phone Volunteers Needed  JCA Phone Pal volunteers provide friendly phone companionship in an effort to decrease feelings of social isolation and loneliness. People with early-stage memory loss benefit from this program through one on one communication with another caring individual via the telephone. Brief “friendly conversation” phone calls to the VIP’s (the older …

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Gorlitz Kensington Club@Home Wins LeadingAge Maryland Excellence in Innovation Award

News / By Beri Kravitz / November 17, 2021

Execllence in Innovation Award

The JCA Gorlitz Kensington Club team, led by Colleen Kemp, received the LeadingAge Excellence in Innovation Award on November 16, 2021. Kensington Club@Home program was conceived and implemented by highly creative and dedicated activity leaders, contractors, partners, and the most incredibly caring volunteers. The result was some of the best virtual adult day services for …

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JCA’S Northern Virginia 50+ Employment Expo Is Back!

JCA Programs, News, Uncategorized / By Beri Kravitz / November 8, 2021

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Are you a job seeker aged 50+? JOIN US! JCA’S Northern Virginia 50+ Employment Expo Is Back! Friday, November 19th, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. via Zoom™   Job seekers and employers can register for FREE 50+ JOBSEEKERS You MUST Register to participate EMPLOYERS: Are you looking for Smart, Talented People?   Questions? Send an …

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Protect Yourself – Recongnize These Common Scams

News / By Beri Kravitz / November 1, 2021

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Don’t get taken in by scammers who tend to prey on seniors even more often than younger people. In 2020, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center received almost 800,000 complaints on losses exceeding $4.1 billion. According to its report, 28 percent of the total fraud losses occurred among adults older than 60 years. They lost …

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JCA Honors its Awesome Volunteers

Community Events, News, Uncategorized / By Suzanne Pollak / April 21, 2021

Tuesday night April 20, the Jewish Council for the Aging virtually honored the hundreds of volunteers who are the soul of the agency. Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School eleventh grader Julia Peppe received the Exceptional Youth Volunteer Service Award for her efforts supporting members of our Gorlitz Kensington Clubs.        Receiving the …

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