Monday, 24 December 2012

Holiday Season Hints

The holiday season can be a happy time with family and friends; yet it could also be a very stressful time. Find some fun and interesting things to see and do over the holiday season.

Head to The Sydney Jewish Museum to check out some of the trends from the 1930s to today at the ‘Dressing Sydney Exhibition’.

The museum is closed on Tuesday the 25th of December and the 1st of January.

They are open Boxing Day Wednesday the 26th of December with free entry.

Visitor information

BINA-Jewish Wisdom for Life have an upcoming ‘Summer Leaning Experience’ commencing on the 25th of December and runs for 6 days.

Steps to take over the holiday season:
  • Reach Out - Maybe you didn’t really make plans for the holidays—after all, if you’re lonely, then you probably waited for others to call or reach out to you. But if you’d really like to spend the days around the holidays  with others, it’s not to late to do something about it. In other words, take a risk. Make a few phone calls.  You might find that there are other people out there looking for some connection just as much as you are.
  • Immerse yourself in an interest or hobby - Buy that new book you have always wanted or make plans to learn that new hobby you’ve always fancied or explore an interest that you have always wanted to follow. Immerse yourself in it and you will be amazed to see how quickly the time passes and how soon you will start to feel better about yourself.
  • Take care of yourself. Do what you can to reduce your stress and connect with things and activities that you enjoy. Get plenty of rest, eat delicious and healthy foods, go to a museum or a movie, get a massage, take a bubble bath—do whatever feels safe and brings you comfort.
Anyone who is experiencing a personal crisis or thinking about suicide can contact one of the numbers below:
Telephone counselling and helplines:
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14 (24 hour service)
  • Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 (24 hour service)
  • Mental Health Help Line Tel: 1800 011 511(24 hour line)
  • MensLineTel: 1300 789 978 (24 hour service)
  • BeyondBlue Info Line Tel: 1300 22 4636 (24 hour service)
  • Relationships Australia: 02 9418 8800 or 1300 364 277
If you, a friend, or a family member need urgent help call:
Emergency on 000

Monday, 17 December 2012

2012 An important Year for JewishCare

As 2012 comes to an end it is worth reflecting on what an important year it has been for JewishCare.

The Opening of Fischl House in Saber Street represented a major milestone for the community and it has been widely acclaimed as a perfect building for the community's major service provider.

As well the JewishCare services that operate out of Fischl House the building and specifically the Community Lounge which is on Saber Street, is already being used by other communal organisations as a  unique meeting venue. 

If your organisation would like information about using this venue contact the facilities manager

The Newland Street Shopfront for Print35 Design Studio has been a boon for business especially the wonderful selection of  gifts that are available for all occasions.  

We would like to thank all staff, volunteers and supporters who have all contributed to what JewishCare has been able to accomplish.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Looking for something unusual to do over this holiday season?

The Aged Care Team has come up with some interesting and unusual activities for you to do over the holiday season.

We've come up with both free and paid activities for you you try out and have fun over the Summer! 

The Aged Care Team believes that taking on a new challenge is great for your wellbeing and will help keep your brain active.

Candle Making -
Learn all the basics of candlemaking - so wax, palm wax and and beeswax are used -
The Lego Colesseum

The Colosseum

The largest ever LEGO model of Rome's famous Colosseum is now on exhibition at the Nicholson Museum. A quarter of a million bricks were used in construction put together by 10,000 slaves working for architect and LEGO Certified Professional Ryan 'Vitruvius' McNaught.

The model is the centrepiece of an exhibition about Rome's largest surviving building from the great days of its Empire. The exhibition will also include sculpture and coins of the Emperors, as well as artefacts used in daily life by the ordinary Roman who enjoyed 100 days of holiday and games when the original Colosseum opened in 80 AD.
Ghost Tour
Take an adventure -
It's a surreal evening and a chance for you to experience the history of The Rocks.

Korean Cinema
Why not try something completely different and attend a Korean film night - Thursdays at 6:30pm -

Dressing Sydney - The Jewish Fashion Story Exhibition

These questions and more are answered in a new exhibition to celebrate the Museum’s 20th Anniversary Dressing Sydney: The Jewish Fashion Story gives Sydney a look into the Schmatte trade (an affectionate Yiddish term for rags or clothing). With over 100 contributors, the exhibition will be brought to life through recollections, rare photographs, garments and accessories. The exhibition runs until the end of 2013


Some free things for you to do:
  • Teach yourself how to knit
  • Teach yourself how to play darts (Try at local pub)
  • Brain Puzzles/ Crosswords
  • Visit the library
  • Meet your neighbours
  • Teach yourself origami.
  • Borrow a manual on how to yoga from the library and try it for the first time.
  • Call a family member or a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while.
  • Press flowers or leaves
  • Write a letter to your future children or grandchildren.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Last Week's News at JewishCare

Media Release from JewishCare National Disability Insurance Scheme

On 6th December The Australian and New South Wales governments reached an historic agreement that will allow for the full roll out of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in New South Wales by July 2018.

The agreement will provide care and support to around 140,000 NSW residents with significant disability, and provide coverage in the event of disability to around one third of the Australian population.

It will provide peace of mind to people with a disability, their families and carers, and to the Australians who will unexpectedly face misfortune in the future.

JewishCare’s Chief Executive Officer Claire Vernon said “As the community’s leading provider of disability and mental health services JewishCare is highly supportive of the scheme, which has the potential to make a substantial difference to the lives of our service users and their families and carers“

JewishCare has a range of programs that support 140 members of the community with a disability and a further 180 with mental health issues.   

“Not only will the NDIS provide additional urgently needed funds, but its person centred approach means families can design and create the supports which they want. JewishCare has already run a number of workshops for families to help them through this infortant process. We want the community to know that JewishCare provides high quality and culturally sensitive support and we aim to be the provider of choice” Claire said.
Domestic Violence
Last Friday there was a domestic violence stall in Bondi Junction Mall. Each year JewishCare supports over 25 women and children who are experiencing domestic violence.
For more information regarding Family Support Services please contact 1300 133 665



Thursday, 6 December 2012

Do you drink enough water - tips for drinking more water

Do you drink enough water?

Have a look at the The Aged Care Guide for Drs Stern and Granieri for Summer tips for seniors
Alberta Caregiver College also provides informative advice to support caregivers of older adults to make sure they are proving/receiving appropriate hydration. 

Alberta Caregiver College explains the amount of water older adults need to drink each day and the importance of hydration -
The Aged Care Team recommends:

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Do you have a green thumb? Why not check out 'The Vaucluse Garden Club' ?

What will you do in  2013?

Do you have any ideas in mind?
If you enjoy gardening and leaning about different plant varieties why not join ' The Vaucluse Garden Club'?

The Vaucluse Garden Club was established in 1981 to provide friendship and inspiration for a garden lover.

Meeting Information:
Where: Vaucluse Tea Rooms, Wentworth Road Vaucluse 
When: The first meeting is on the 20th of February 2013
             10.15am on the third Wednesday of each mont

Cost: $10.00

Show ’n Tell 20th February 2013, 10.15am, Vaucluse House Tearooms:
On the first meeting people are encouraged to bring along a plant or cutting that’s got them stumped, or some unusual plant which they can talk about. Some people will bring along a few cuttings to share with others.

For more information contact: President: Lorraine Emerson 02 9371 6630 or email

Monday, 26 November 2012

White Ribbon Day Men's Breakfast

Now in its 5th year JewishCare’s White Ribbon Day Men's (WRD) Breakfast continues to raise awareness about domestic violence and importantly to ensure men pledge to impress on their friends and associates how wrong domestic violence is.  

Domestic violence is not purely physical violence, it can be psychological/emotional, financial or social.  At any one time JewishCare is supporting around 12 families, invariably women  who are experiencing domestic violence.

WRD is the first day of the JewishCare initiative, 16 Days 16 Rabbis 16 Synagogues in which the Rabbonim commit to tell their congregations about the community scourge that is domestic violence.

125 attendees packed into the Vidor Family Community Lounge to hear an address by keynote speaker Heath Ducker pictured with JewishCare President Allan Vidor and JCA President Peter Philippsohn.

Malcolm Turnbull visits the new home of JewishCare

Malcolm Turnbull with Elena Tsetlin the Manager of Print35 Design Studio
The member for Wentworth, Malcolm Turnbull visited the new home of JewishCare .

The new purpose built facility in Saber Street Woollahra enables all of JewishCare’s 90 staff to work out of the one building. This is a huge improvement over the previous arrangement when JewishCare occupied three different locations. The new situation is already showing benefits in terms of cost savings, improved efficiency and better client services.

Mr Turnbull  said “  Fischl House is a valuable facility which confirms the vital role of JewishCare, the organisation that each year supports 4000 people in need within the Jewish community . I was particularly impressed with Print35 Design Studio which now has a shopfront on Newland Street. Print35 Design Studio designed and printed the Rosh Hashana greeting cards that Lucy and myself recently sent out. We were impressed with the quality and I would encourage everyone to utilise this facility which provides employment opportunities for people with a disability”

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Unleash the artist within! Why not try a water colour art class!

Have you ever wished you could paint? or are you just looking for something interesting to do in your free time?

Why not attend Holdsworth Community Centre for their 'Water-colour Art Classes' for people 55 +
The Water-colour Art Classes is a collection of lessons that will teach the fundamentals of drawing, plus detailed coverage of water-colour techniques.

Attendee's will learn how to apply various types of washes and control the amount of blending that occurs between two colours. This course also describes the process for special effects such as scratching, scraping, blotting, dry-brushing, and lifting out, scrubbing out, spattering, applying opaque paint and masking.

They teach quick sketching and water-colour techniques and will occasionally travel with a sketchbook around the leafy suburb to sketch areas or items that inspire people . Discover what essential supplies you require. Practice in classes and receive expert coaching in drawing, perspective, figures, buildings and landscapes from a qualified Art teacher.

When: Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 pm - 230 pm
Location: Holdsworth Community Centre, 64 Holdsworth Street Woollahra

Cost: $11 includes materials and equipment needed
Aged Case Work recommends art classes for seniors as they allow us to learn new skills, meet new people, socialise, get out and about in our community and create our own masterpiece! 

For more information call: 9302 3600
Holdsworth Community Centre. 64 Holdsworth St, Woollahra NSW 2025

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Have you heard of 'Arthritis New South Wales'?

Arthritis NSW provides support, advice and information for people with arthritis or other musculoskeletal conditions as well as their families

Athritis NSW:                                                             
  • Enables people to develop self-management skills
  • Provides seminars and community programs for the community and health professionals
  • Promotes community awareness of the issues associated with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions
  • Works with health professionals to improve management of arthritis and early diagnosis 
  • Supports research into the causes and treatment of arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions.
There are over 44 Arthritis NSW branches and support groups throughout New South Wales.

If you suffer from arthritis you may be interested in attending one of their support groups.

Arthritis New South Wales has a convenient support group locator its very easy to use, just choose the area you live in and it will give you details of support groups in that area.
The support groups allow us an opportunity to:
  • Join together to support each other
  • Gain knowledge about arthritis or other musculoskeletal conditions
  • Learn effective skills to manage your condition
  • Listen to a guest speaker
  • Find out about events on in NSW
The Aged Care Team recommends attending support groups. The importance of being able to express yourself,  to meet people where you are able to talk freely about your health  and  to learn about effective treatments is essential for your wellbeing .

For more information call 1800 011 041 or

Thursday, 8 November 2012

National Sunnies Day

Today is National Sunnies Day - 8 November 2012


Although National Sunnies Day is aimed at educating primary school children The Aged Care Team feel that the info below is a good message for the young or old. It's never to late to protect your eyes so wear sunglasses, wide brimmed hats, sit in shady areas, stay out of the sun between 11-4 when the sun is at its highest, be aware of smart sun care and UV rays.
What is National Sunnies Day?

National Sunnies Day is an exciting new education initiative launched by the Queensland Eye Institute. Now in its second year, National Sunnies Day aims to raise awareness and funds to help eliminate blindness from our community.

National Sunnies Day has been designed to actively engage primary school students through effective communication, learning and leadership through the distribution of materials in the subject of science through a five year planned roll-out throughout Australian schools.

Who does it help?

As well as offering educational opportunities and encouraging awareness about good eye care in the community, National Sunnies Day has an important fundraising component.
All proceeds raised from merchandise sales and fundraising activities for National Sunnies Day will go directly to the Prevent Blindness Foundation to help continue research, education and clinical care being done at the Queensland Eye Institute to prevent blindness and preserve sight now and in the future. This is to introduce the National Sunnies Day message about the importance of protecting your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays from an early age.

Facts - Did you know?
  • Eye disease and blindness are major problems that remain heavily under treated in Australia.
  • Australians not only have a high rate of skin cancer and melanoma, but also many diseases of the eye
    are also caused by the sun.
  • Over half a million (575,000) Australians have vision loss, the prevalence of which increase three times
    with each decade over the age of 40. The most common are uncorrected refractive error, cataract,
    glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.
  • We are all at risk of losing of our vision however, most vision problems are caused by conditions that
    are either treatable or preventable.
  • The older we become, the more susceptible we are.
  • Loss of sight in children can occur in many ways – through retinopathy/ prematurity, congenital cataracts,
    or eye cancer.
  • Increasing evidence suggests that a significant cause of eye damage is through excessive exposure to
    the sun’s ultra-violet rays.
  • Most people receive significant sun exposure in their early years.
  • Exposure to sunlight has been associated with cataracts, pterygia (pron. terr-idge-ia) and causing both cancer and pre-cancerous conditions on the eye’s surface.
  • A study has shown that children who live their childhood in Brisbane are much more likely to develop pterygium than children who grow up in Melbourne.
  • The health costs associated with treating eye disease are enormous for our community.
What can you do?