Thursday, 3 November 2016

Have you heard of JewishCare’s ‘Club 50’ social program for seniors


The Club 50 Survivors of the Shoah Social Club was established in 1995, 50 years after the liberation of the Concentration Camps at the end of World War II, as a joint initiative between JewishCare and the Australian Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Descendants to ensure the preservation of the unique identity of Holocaust Survivors and provide therapeutic social support activities in a Jewish framework.


Today Club 50 runs programs for Jewish seniors from Monday to Thursday at Fischl House in Woollahra and this consist of:
·         Café Europe- a monthly program of beautiful music and café lunch from 11 am- 1pm on the first Tuesday of the month
·         Lecture and Lunch- is a monthly program that discusses a variety of interesting topics and is held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month
·         Outings- a range of excursions to parks, galleries, theatres, movies, beaches and much more
·         Coffee, Chat and Games – a variety of weekly in-house activities such as Bridge, Rummy tile, Kaluki, talks, Bingo and craft
·         High holiday celebrations- Including Pesach Seders, Chanukah Latka Lunches, Purim parties, Yom Hashoah commemorations and more.

Friendship clubs are popular ways for active seniors to catch up with friends, meet new people and stay connected to their community.

If you would like more information on Club 50 or other social opportunities offered by JewishCare please call Club 50 on 93028050.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Have you registered for War Memorial Hospital's upcoming ‘Men’s Health’ Seminar?

War Memorial Hospital will be hosting a free Men’s Health Seminar on the 7th of November 2016 for seniors. 

The seminar will address health and wellness topics focused on men’s health to equip people with information to assist them to take a proactive, preventive health care approach which can ultimately lead to improved health.

When: Monday the 7th of November 2016
Venue: Day Centre War Memorial Hospital, 125 Birrell Street Waverley
Time: 10:00am to 12:30pm

For more information and bookings contact Catriona Beaumont on 9369 0215.






Image from: https://www.floridahospital.com/news/mens-health-seminar

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Come along and play bridge at the Burger Centre

Be a part of our Positive Ageing Program and play Bridge at the Burger Centre

Bridge commences on Monday 31st October at 11.00am

• Transport provided within a designated area
• Tea, coffee and sandwiches for $5.00 per session

For more information and bookings contact: Ilona on (02) 8345 9222
Burger Centre: 120 King St, Randwick NSW 2031

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Have you registered for War Memorial Hospital's upcoming seminar on Healthy Brains?


War Memorial Hospital will be hosting a free seminar on Healthy Brains on the 10th of October 2016 for seniors.




Leading brain health experts will cover subjects including:

- Educational tools for everyday living

- Learning opportunities for the over 50s

- The benefits of learning for health and well being

- What’s new in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's

- Dealing with early memory loss and how to improve your memory

Guest speakers Professor Henry Brodaty and Dr Nick Brennan

When: Monday the 10th of October 2016

Venue: Day Centre War Memorial Hospital, 125 Birrell St Waverley

Time: 10:00am to 12:30pm

For more Information and bookings contact Catriona Beaumont on 93690215 or Catriona.Beaumont@SESIAHS.HEALTH.NSW.GOV.AU



Thursday, 8 September 2016

Did you know that September is Dementia Awareness Month

Dementia Awareness Month runs from 1st September to 30th of September every year.

The purpose of Dementia Awareness Month is to encourage Australians to become dementia-aware, have a better understanding of what it is like for a person to live with dementia and ultimately be encouraged to create communities where people with dementia are supported to live a high quality of life with meaning, purpose and value.


Image from: https://www.fightdementia.org.au/dementia-awareness-month
The theme for 2016 is "You are not alone" and the main activities will be a series of seminars with international and local dementia experts and key note speakers. 
The international presenter this year is Dr Ron Peterson director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, both of which involve the study and characterisation of aging individuals over time with an emphasis on neuroimaging and biomarkers.

There are a number of events planned for ‘Dementia Awareness Month’ so check out Alzheimer's Australia's events page for more details.
 

Some of the events for Dementia Awareness Month include:
 
-Thinko! Gala Launch (For more information contact Rachel on 02 8875 4657)

-Using the 5 senses to trigger memories (For more information contact Myra Hechanova on 9911 9858)
 



R U OK? Day - Thursday 8 September 2016

The R U OK? Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to encourage all people to regularly and meaningfully ask 'are you ok?' to support those who are struggling. 

IImage from: http://www.hr.uq.edu.au/ruok
4 steps to connect with anyone struggling with life:
1. Ask R U OK?
• Start a conversation some where private
• Build trust through open and relaxed body language

• Ask open-ended questions

2. Listen without judgement
• Give them time to reply
• Avoid solving their problems
• Don’t trivialize what they’re feeling

3. Encourage Action
• Summarise the issues
• Ask them what they plan to do
• Urge them to take one step towards that solution

4. Follow Up
• Put a note in your diary to call them in one week
• Listen without judgement again
• Ask if they’ve managed to take their first step


 Image from: http://www.hr.uq.edu.au/ruok


How to ask 'R U OK?' 

Why are elderly Australians taking their own lives?

The real impact of loneliness in Australia (and how to combat it)

Tips on transitioning into retirement

The truth is, some conversations just become too big for friends. If you’re worried about someone and feel urgent professional support is needed, contact your local doctor or click on this link to find a number of agencies that can help.

Lifeline 13 11 14 provides 24/7 crisis support

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Did you know that Hearing Awareness Week commences this Sunday? 21st of August 2016

                                 Hearing is precious and fragile


Hearing impairment or deafness, is when your hearing is affected by a condition or injury. Some people are born with hearing loss, while others may develop it as they get older.

Statistically we all begin to lose our hearing when we are in our 30s and 40s. One adult in five and more than half of all people over the age of 80 suffer from hearing loss.


Hearing Awareness Week reports that some of the early warning signs of hearing loss are: you can hear but not understand, you find it hard to hear in noisy situations or groups of people, you think people mumble, you need turn the TV up louder than others or, you don't always hear the doorbell or the phone.

To locate a free hearing test offered by Australian Hearing you can select ‘Find your nearest event’ on their web page and then add your postcode to receive contact details of your nearest Hearing Centre.