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: