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May ’22 Senior Resouces Guide: Caregiving

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

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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The Virtual Career Gateway Continues in 2022!

Uncategorized / By Beri Kravitz / December 7, 2021

Return to work with the Career Gateway!

If you are 50 years or older and frustrated by your job search, Career Gateway is for you. It will help you hone your resume, polish your networking and interviewing skills and enable you to use the Internet more effectively. Each session of  Career Gateway features 30 hours of small-group classroom instruction over five days, …

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Friendly Chat Phone Volunteers Needed

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

woman using fingers like a phone

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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