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

News, Uncategorized / By Beri Kravitz / August 9, 2022

drawing of a woman on lifeboat in a sea of pills

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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JCA Connect-A-Ride Plays Vital Role in County’s Award-Winning Program

Blog, JCA Programs / By Suzanne Pollak / June 15, 2022

The Jewish Council for the Aging is excited to announce that Montgomery County’s Free COVID Taxi Rides Program which enables seniors and adults with disabilities obtain free rides for COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, and booster shots and pick up free masks and test kits won a national award. Our Connect-A-Ride program is a critical part of …

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Son of Former Kensington Clubs Member Shares His Murder Mystery Book

Blog, Community Events, KC club / By Suzanne Pollak / May 23, 2022

Book Details His Mother’s Alzheimer’s Diagnosis and Decline Table Magazine Executive Editor Wayne Hoffman, whose mother participated in both Jewish Council for the Aging’s Kensington Clubs and Misler adult day care centers, gave an intriguing talk May 23 about his latest book that focuses on both his mother’s decline due to the effects of Alzheimer’s …

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May ’22 Senior Resouces Guide: Caregiving

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

young woman helping man with cane walk in the park

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

Blog, 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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JCA Celebrates Purim and St. Patrick’s Day

JCA Events, KC club / By Suzanne Pollak / March 17, 2022

Plates full of poppy seed, apricot and cherry hamantashen and green and white cupcakes were the treats March 17 as the Jewish Council for the Aging celebrated Purim and St. Patrick’s Day. Kensington Clubs members in both the morning and afternoon programs worked on the jigs thanks to the assistance of SCSEP’s Elaine Looney and …

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Virtual Reality allows seniors to see the world without leaving home

News / By Beri Kravitz / March 3, 2022

seniors with VR goggles

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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LeadingAge Maryland Watched JCA in Action

JCA Programs, KC club / By Suzanne Pollak / March 2, 2022

Allison Ciborowski, president and founder of LeadingAge Maryland, visited the Jewish Council for the Aging on Wednesday. That organization chose JCA’s Kensington Clubs Manager Colleen Kemp to receive their Excellence in Innovation award for the way KC staff continued to serve its members during the pandemic, through Zoom classes and programs. She got to see …

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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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