Federation impact: Aging with Jewish dignity

By May 18, 2015 July 21st, 2017 Federation Notes
Rose

Our senior citizens are important resources to the community. They have lived through some of the very worst times in our history. They help us remember our plight and our traditions. The Federation is committed to helping our seniors live as independently as possible for as long as possible and to helping them live the remainder of their lives with Jewish dignity.

Research shows that older adults with strong social connections have a higher quality of life and live longer, healthier lives than those with few connections. This is why the Federation’s Organizational Partners include organizations with rich programs for seniors such as Jewish Family and Children Services, its Center for Senior Enrichment and the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center. These agencies have rich programs that help seniors to forge meaningful social connections through support groups and planned social and cultural activities that preserve their Jewish dignity.

Rose*, in her 80s, greatly enjoyed her independent, active life until she had a severe fall. Rose was no longer able to do many of the things she enjoyed and the abrupt change to her active life caused Rose to become depressed. With the help of her JFCS counselors, Rose was able to overcome her depression, develop new interests and permanently improve the quality of her life.

*To protect the privacy and dignity of program clients, names have been changed and a stock photo used.