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Adoption Lunch & Learn

Adoption Workshop - Free Admission

Wednesday, August 16 from Noon until 1:00 pm at JFS Office

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EnRich for Life

September 11, 11:30am - 2pm

EnRich for Life returns September 11th at the Weinstein JCC.

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End-of-Life Care

By Jay White | August 7, 2017

According to a survey by The Conversation Project, a Boston-based public education campaign to get people talking about end-of-life care, about 9 in 10 Americans want to discuss end-of-life care with their loved ones’, but roughly 3 in 10 Americans have actually done so. Learning how to start a conversation is hard and there is […]


How to Boost Your Resilience Midlife

By Jay White | July 31, 2017

Building resilience is an important thing to teach early in life, and it is just as important to practice midlife. Scientists who study stress and resilience say it’s important to think of resilience as an emotional muscle that can be strengthened at any time. Dr. Dennis Charney, co-author of the book “Resilience: The Science of […]


Depression at any Age

By Jay White | July 27, 2017

A Stubborn, Persistent Stigma Surround Depression, Creating Barriers to Care Depression is a devastating mental illness that can affect someone at any stage of life. A recent article by Jo Anne Sirey highlights the continued stigma that surrounds depression as a major barrier to seeking treatment.  Sirey states, “Once depression is detected, older adults face […]


New State Scorecard on Long-Term Care Services

By Jay White | July 24, 2017

  A new state scorecard on long-term care services from AARP Foundation, the SCAN Foundation and the Commonwealth Fund an overall concerning picture of uneven, slow progress in providing affordable care for older adults and people with disabilities. Although there has been some advancement by the state, for example, many states have increased proportion of […]


Mental Health and Exercise

By Jay White | July 10, 2017

The mind and the body are inexplicably linked; a person’s state of mind affects the functionality of their body and issues of the body impacts a person’s mental function. On The Wagon’s Comprehensive Guide to Mental Health and Exercise explain the importance of taking care of the body and mind. http://www.onthewagon.org/mental-health-and-exercise/  


The Medicaid Debate

By Jay White | July 5, 2017

The New York Times article by Ron Lieber raises key concerns about how the current Medicaid debate affects healthcare. Today, the average annual cost of a Home Health Aide in Richmond, Virginia is $39,765, whereas the average annual cost for a Semi-Private Room at a Nursing Home is $84,315. According to the  Genworth Cost of Care Survey in 20 years those costs rise to $71,820 and $152,282, respectively. Through innovative […]


Care Advocate Awarded Fellowship

By Jay White | May 17, 2017

Gigi Amateau, award-winning author and former community impact officer at United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, will receive $17,500 for education and personal development to strengthen her service to Richmond’s aging population and individuals working in long-term care. The Pat Asch Fellowship is awarded annually to a woman age “50 or better” to advance […]


Scams & Financial Security

By Jay White | May 1, 2017

According to the Better Business Bureau, over the last two years, some 70,000 frauds and scams have been reported across the United States. Anyone can fall victim to a financial scam, but older adults tend to be particularly popular targets. Frequently, fraud perpetrated against older adults is not reported until long after the scam has […]


Loneliness and Isolation: A New Epidemic Among Elders

By admin | April 21, 2017

Anyone can feel lonely—even people who are surrounded by family. Asim Shah, MD, professor and vice chair for community psychiatry in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, defines loneliness as an emotion that strikes when someone feels socially isolated. That feeling can set in within a marriage, at […]