Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Speaker: Professor Tony Holland, Cambridge University

Title: Vulnerability and risk: managing tensions inherent in the support of people with intellectual disabilities

Wednesday 7th March 2012

Lecture 6pm – 7pm followed by light refreshments

Supported by Australian Association of Developmental Disability Medicine (AADDM)

For details, click here to download the flyer and registration form:


Monday, 27 February 2012

New partnership and behold!

The scaffolds come down and….

Behold the new JewishCare is there

Most of the scaffolding came down over the weekend and the impressive new building that will be the headquarters of JewishCare is now clearly visible.

The new facility at Saber Street Bondi Junction which will bring all of JewishCare’s programs together (including a shop front for Print35) is on schedule to be operational around the middle of this year.

Historic partnership to help children

JewishCare and The Benevolent Society have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will ensure that Jewish children who are removed from their families by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FaCS), formerly known as DoCS are given the maximum opportunity to be placed with a Jewish family.

For many years JewishCare has operated a program called Family to Family Respite in which generous volunteers provide fortnightly weekend care for Jewish children. While this program will continue, the MOU will enable JewishCare to facilitate another level of care for Jewish children who are placed in out-of-home care by FaCS.

JewishCare President Allan Vidor said “JewishCare views it as extremely important to ensure the best long term outcomes for these vulnerable families and to this end we are honoured to be working with one of the most respected organisations in NSW.”

Founded in 1813, The Benevolent Society was Australia’s first charity and last year helped over 40,000 people. One of its many areas of expertise is foster care. The Benevolent Society’s Fostering Young Lives program is a government accredited out-of-home care provider and regularly conducts training for potential foster families.

As part of the MOU The Benevolent Society will provide information and conduct training for potential Jewish foster carers as well as assisting JewishCare to assess the appropriateness of applicants who have expressed the desire to be part of various foster care related programs.

The first joint Information Session for people interested in finding out how they can help will take place on Tuesday 20 March at 6 – 7.30 PM at Fischl House 4A Nelson St Woollahra. Call Lyn 0421 417 010 for more information.

Building on 27 Feb

View from Newland Street

View from Saber Street

Sam Weiss, Anne Hollands, Claire Vernon, Allan Vidor

Sam Weiss President of Bensoc and Allan Vidor President of JewishCare

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Volunteers - a gift to our community

To support isolated and frail Jewish seniors in the community, JewishCare has run North Links (on the North Shore) and since 2011 East Links (in the Eastern Suburbs) since 2006.

The objectives behind the programs are:
-           - To reduce the social isolation of Jewish seniors
-          -  To recruit, screen and train suitable Jewish volunteers to spend time with older Jewish people who live at home – eg home visiting, outings, transport to appointments, card games, movies etc.
-  To increase socially isolated Jewish people’s engagement in community activities

The main challenge of the program is to source volunteers who following training, are able to forge long term link with a Jewish elder which benefits both the client and the volunteer. The matching of the client with a client is carefully managed by the Links Program Coordinator Linda Subel, who then monitors the link, maintains contact with the client and offers support and supervision to the volunteer.

As with all programs, as they become more successful and well known more volunteers are required.

If you feel that volunteering is a a fun and innovative approach which offers a flexible and responsive service designed to meet the needs of the elderly in the community, that you can assist in overcoming the  loneliness and isolation of the elderly members of the community and you have the capacity to enhance  the life of an isolated lonely elder then contact JewishCare FirstCall on 1300 133 660 or Linda Subel on 9488 7100   - click on the brochure for more information - http://jewishcare.com.au/cms/images/stories/jewishcare/brochures/linksbrochure2010.pdf 


Remember there are so many benefits to volunteering:

-           - a sense of giving back to the community
-          -  a sense of belonging and feeling valued
-          -  the opportunity to have new experiences
-           -  knowing that your community is benefiting from your input.

Most of the elderly  would prefer to stay at home. Home Care in Arizona (2010) http://www.homecareinarizona.com/homecare/other-big-stories/seven-reasons-why-seniors-want-to-stay-home  stated 7 reasons why seniors wanted to stay in their own home:

1.Comfort.  This reason really bleeds over into the others as well but the senior is comfortable in the house where they have lived for many years.  The TV is just the right distance from their chair and doesn’t have any reflections on it, they have spent years getting the furniture the right size and in the right place.  So why should they leave.
2.Safety.  Now at first glance this might be a reason for going into assisted living but most seniors feel safer at home.  They know the sounds of the neighbourhood, when neighbours come home and when they leave and most can move around their house and even their yard blindfolded.  They feel safe in their environment.
3.Memories.  They have experienced the entire fabric of life in their home.  Birthdays, holidays, including dry turkeys, disappointments and celebrations, medical issues, retirement, aging and death.  The home has been the foundation of all that has gone on and they don’t want to walk away.
4.Independence.  From pre-teen years we all strive to achieve independence and now that the senior has had it for so many years they guard it with all the vigour they can muster.  If the car keys were taken from the senior earlier then this is the last vestige of independence.
5.Cost.  Assisted living expenses can be expensive so staying in one’s home can be quite a savings.  Add to that the possibility of a reverse mortgage and their monthly bills can be reduced but things like a gardener, pest control, etc have to be managed.
6.Network.  This term might be used with younger folks but the elderly person can have a network…a social network of people who check on them during the day.  A volunteer can be the social network for the senior.
7.Family.  Many times the family home is just that and there are extra bedrooms for visiting family members.  Children of the senior can visit and bring their kids and now you have three generations staying connected in a home environment, not just visiting grandma at an assisted living facility. If the family visit irregularly again the Volunteer can be crucial in maintaining the senior in their own home.

Being a volunteer for the Links Program is a rewarding activity –Go on make the call, volunteer today and make the difference to someone's life!

Monday, 20 February 2012

This Week at JewishCare

In collaboration with other Jewish aged care providers we are organising a unique event on 18 March. 
You will be able to see all the  community aged services in one place and discuss your needs with staff from each organisation.
There will also be a talk by Amit Lampit on Brain Training - How it can work for You which will include the latest research from a major study conducted by University of NSW.

Source:  http://controlmind.info/human-brain

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Sixty five is the new 50 for men!

Depression rates in the old man can be half those of women. Also, whilst the old-old man probably reflects the expectations of a society and age now passing, the next generation have no excuses not to get involved in life.

Successful ageing is partly to do with retirement planning and the ability to reorientate expectations and life goals.

Visit War Memorial Hospital for a free seminar on 5th March 2012:

The seminar covers a health checklist, men's shed , volunteering and exercise

Have a look here for more details: http://www.wmhw.org.au/wmhpress/

Tips for Men to Stay Healthy as they age:

- Have your blood pressure checked every 2 years

- Men over age 34 should have their cholesterol checked every 5 years

- People between ages 50 and 75 should be screened for colorectal cancer.

- Go to the dentist every year for an exam and cleaning

- If you have vision problems, continue to have an eye exam every 2 years

- You should receive a flu vaccine every year

- Check height and weight yearly.

source: http://www.sassfa.org/seniors/nutrition/

http://www.mensheds.org.au/mens-health recognises the growing problems in men’s health such as loneliness and depression and aims to provide support to men in need of help arising from mental illness or other debilitating illnesses

Find out if you are testosterone deficient:

Source: http://menshealthweek.org.au/

JUNE 11-17: - Men's health Week - Get Involved -  http://menshealthweek.org.au/

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Falls Prevention and ageing well

Did you know?

  • Falling is not a normal part of ageing – falls can be prevented.
  • Only a small number of falls are caused by tripping, slipping or "not being careful" – most are the result of health or lifestyle factors.
  • One in three people aged 65 years or over will fall each year. 

Steps to Stay On Your Feet®:

There are 9 steps to staying on your feet. Look at all the steps and then focus on those parts that relate to you, your lifestyle, independence and environment. 

Make a personal action plan to help you stay mobile and independent. You can prevent falls before they happen:

 - Be active
 - Manage your medicines
 - Manage your health
 - Improve your balance
 - Walk tall
 - Foot care and safe footwear
 - Regularly check your eyesight
 - Eat well for life
 - Identify, remove and report hazards

WA is promoting healthy ageing and care Stay On Your Feet® Week 9-15 September 2012 with resources and guides on their website.
If you live in WA you can attend an event in your area. http://www.health.wa.gov.au/stayonyourfeet/home/

The Department of Health and Ageing has resources, news, guides and support for ageing well and looking after yourselves and your health - http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/Home

source: http://doctor2008.wordpress.com/2010/10/04/60-is-the-new-40/

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Living With Diabetes - Live a Long, Healthy and Full Life

War Memorial Hospital Waverley Health Promotion invites you to learn more about Diabetes:

· Diabetes – are you at risk?
· How to prevent Type 2 diabetes
· Staying well with diabetes
· Preventing diabetes complications
· Diabetic specialists available to answer all your questions

       War Memorial Hospital Day Centre
                      125 Birrell Street, Waverley, NSW.
When:          Monday February 6th 2012
Bookings:   9369 -  0215
Time:           10am to 12.30pm         FREE

Nearly one–in-four Australian adults has either diabetes or impaired glucose metabolism. It is the sixth highest cause of death by disease in Australia. People with diabetes are almost three times more likely to have high blood pressure, obesity or high cholesterol. They are two to three times more likely to have cardiovascular disease, eg heart disease and stroke 65-80 percent of people with diabetes may die of coronary heart disease.


Type 1 : the pancreas, a large gland behind the stomach, stops making insulin. Without insulin, the body’s cells cannot turn glucose (sugar), into energy. Without insulin the body burns its own fats as a substitute. Unless treated with daily injections of insulin, people with type 1 diabetes accumulate dangerous chemical substances in their blood from the burning of fat. This can cause a condition known as ketoacidosis.This condition is potentially life threatening if not treated.

To stay alive, people with type 1 diabetes depend on insulin (via injections or pump) every day of their lives. They must test their blood glucose levels several times daily. The onset of type 1 diabetes typically occurs in people under 30 years, but can occur at any age. About 10-15% of all cases of diabetes are type 1.

Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes, affecting 85-90% of all people with diabetes. While it usually affects older adults, more and more younger people, even children, are getting type 2 diabetes.

For more information about types of diabetes: http://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au

 Tips for people with diabetes:

• Get support from friends and family - they may recognise the signs (if you have a problem!)
• Manage your stress levels
• Look after your health
• Exercise regularly
• Take care of your skin and teeth
• Seek nutritional advice - for eating healthily and managing your diabetes control
• Maintain or control your blood sugars
• Check blood sugars regularly
• Treat wounds, sores and cuts - see a doctor for help with healing
• See a doctor on a regular basis, for checkups, advice and any changes your body may require
• Have regular blood checks  (to ascertain cholesterol levels, kidney function, Hba1c levels)
• Have an have annual retinal screening (to see if there are are any changes in the eyes caused by diabetes)
• Talk to people with diabetes (to share your experience and knowledge)

Here are 90 tips to help you manage your diabetes: http://www.fitnessandfreebies.com/diabetic/90tips.html

Food for diabetes - http://www.symptomsofdiabetic.com/category/foods-for-diabetics-2/