Aging

We Need A Culture Shift On Aging

06/17/2014
Special To The Jewish Week
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Several weeks ago, just shy of her 98th birthday, my beloved grandmother passed away. While I naturally feel sadness and grief, I also feel a profound sense of gratitude, faith, and resolution. My grandmother — Nana, as we called her — lived a rich and productive life. She made a lasting imprint on all who knew her, and for the better part of her existence she was healthy and actively engaged in community life. Her final five years were characterized by the losses and ailments people typically face as they age, yet she still found ways to connect with others and make valuable contributions to her community.

Lauren Epstein

Why B'nai B'rith Opposes Health Care Reform Repeal

Affordable Health Care: Why We Need it

01/20/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Health care reform is proving to be one of the most deeply divisive issues Congress has tackled in a long time. As a non-profit, non-partisan organization, the last thing we wanted to do was get in the middle of an increasingly partisan battle. But as an organization dedicated to the healthy aging of our nation’s seniors, we have no choice but to speak out on behalf of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, because of the good things in the law passed last March that will help all Americans age safely and healthily.

What About the Jewish Baby Boomers?

11/08/2010
JTA

NEW ORLEANS, La. (JTA) -- As America’s 77 million baby boomers retire, they will place an unprecedented burden on the Jewish community’s infrastructure.

They will need more services, and many will want to become involved in a community that isn't making room for them.

The federation system in particular needs to meet the challenge -- and now, as the oldest boomers turn 65 next year -- or face losing the wealthiest and most highly educated generation in American Jewish history.

Community Fearing Steep Cuts To Elderly

06/18/2008
Assistant Managing Editor
When Anna, a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor who lives alone in the Bronx despite numerous health problems, couldn’t leave the house one recent afternoon, she dialed the number she knew best in hopes of getting a hot, kosher meal delivered.

Seniors Caught In Pataki-Silver Crossfire

02/21/2003
Staff Writer
Ethel Berman, 82, walks with a cane and her vision is so poor she needs help placing her hand on the spot where she is supposed to sign a check. But Berman is proud to be living at the Warbasse apartments in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, where she not only takes care of herself but volunteers to organize programs to benefit other residents of the heavily senior-citizen complex at the corner of Ocean Parkway and Neptune Avenue. "This is the closest thing to being independent," said Berman, who has been living at Warbasse since it was built in the early 1960s.

City Vows No Cuts In Senior Meals

05/21/2004
Staff Writer
A pending change in the delivery of meals to thousands of homebound seniors in the Bronx won’t affect the supply of kosher fare, says the commissioner for the Department for the Aging. “There will be no interruption in service,” Commissioner Edwin Mendez-Santiago told The Jewish Week Tuesday. “Every single senior who requests a kosher meal will continue to get one.”

Scenes From A Historic Mission

05/08/1998
Staff Writer
Joyce Silver smiled broadly as her companion, Jess Koch of Manhattan, joked with an elderly woman making puppets at Lifeline for the Old in Jerusalem. “This is what we need in our country,” said Silver. “We have to make these people feel wanted; it makes their eyes sparkle.” Minutes later, the elderly woman motioned for Silver to sit beside her. Although they did not share a common language, the two women were quickly laughing and embracing.

Elder Abuse In Spotlight

02/14/2003
Staff Writer
It’s still under the communal radar screens, but elder abuse is a growing problem in the Jewish community, according to agencies that deal with the elderly. And it’s likely to become more acute with the graying of the Jewish population. A bill introduced in the Senate this week is intended to take elder abuse out of the closet, and Jewish social service providers couldn’t be happier.

UJA-Fed. Set On Lobby Mission For Seniors

01/28/2000
Staff Writer
In the last six months, Temple Emanuel of Long Beach, L.I., opened its doors for a social adult day-care program for seniors with dementia. Seven seniors attend twice a week and the synagogue's spiritual leader, Rabbi Bennett Herman, described it as "probably the best example of group work activity I've ever seen."

Caring For Caregivers

09/17/1999
Staff Writer
While Marjorie Rosenthal was caring for her elderly mother, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease during the last seven years of her life, she realized how difficult it would be had she not been able to afford a home-care attendant. "People are living longer and longer and our bodies break down at some point," she said. "There aren't a lot of places you would want to put a relative with Alzheimer's, and itís a very difficult job caring for the person by yourself at home."
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