Thursday, 19 December 2013

Things to do this holiday season

Holiday times can increase feelings of isolation and even make people feel depressed.
Here are a few ideas to consider:

·         Reach Out ; In other words, take a risk. Make a few phone calls. Make plans. Try a new restaurant or cafĂ©. Venture further out of your suburb and visit some beaches, attractions or national parks. If you’d really like to spend the days around the holidays with others, it’s not too late to do something about it. You might find that there are other people who are 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 to read, or 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 walk, take a bubble bath—do whatever feels safe, makes you happy, and brings you comfort.
Things to consider doing:

BINA Summer Learning Experience 25 Dec 2013 – 1 Jan 2014 Contact: 9365 4421 Website: For the full program -

Plan for 2014, by looking at all the lectures, talks, and community events on this site

Events listed on Ellaslist -

Events in Randwick to keep you busy -

Events in Bondi Junction and surrounding areas as well -

Things to do and see in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney -

What’s On in the City of Sydney -

free things to do in the City of Sydney  and we think this sounds like fun – Rock Candy Demonstrations -

If there is anyone who is experiencing a personal crisis or thinking about suicide please 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)
  • MensLine Tel: 1300 789 978 (24 hour service)
  • BeyondBlue Info Line Tel: 1300 22 4636 (24 hour service)

For urgent help call please call Emergency on 000

Friday, 13 December 2013

Have you heard of The National Asthma Council Australia?

The National Asthma Council Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that was launched in 1990 to improve health outcomes and quality of life for people with asthma.

As the national authority on asthma, their ongoing priorities are to:
  • Provide the latest information on asthma to health professionals to help improve their quality of care
  • Gather, analyse and share information on asthma
  • Work with all members of the asthma community, including people with asthma and their carers, health professionals, patient support organizations, the health industry, and government agencies
  • Continue to set the standard for best-practice asthma management
This information brochure outlines the importance of considering the possibility of adult-onset asthma in people aged 65 years and over with dyspnoea, wheeze or cough, even if they have no previous diagnosis of asthma.
The National Asthma Council Australia covers the following areas in their brochure:
· What is asthma
If you have any further questions or would like to request a copy of the 'Asthma and Older Adults' brochure contact The National Asthma Council Australia on 9929 4333 or1800 032 495
The Aged Case Work Team recommends that if you notice any changes in your breathing patterns or general  health that you discuss it with your GP.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Important legal issues!

Legal matters are of  great importance to all of us!

COTA NSW have excellent information on the following legal issues through their Legal Pathways Project.

-Power of Attorney
-Advance Health Care Directive

The Legal Pathways Project provides a way for people to plan for the future through proper legal channels, COTA NSW, Legal Aid NSW, the Law Society of NSW, and The Aged-care Rights Service have formed a partnership to provide legal assistance to seniors.

Each month, qualified solicitors visit the COTA NSW office to offer a half hour consultation for free. If a legal document is drawn up, a donation of $50 per document is paid to COTA NSW.

Persons who receive an age pension or hold a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card are eligible to participate in the Legal Pathways project. All appointments or enquiries need to be made through the COTA NSW office (02) 9286 3860. People living outside the Sydney metro region can utilise the freecall number: 1800 449 102 email:

There are solicitors available in Newcastle, Maitland, Central Coast and south-western Sydney areas as well. As a ‘Pathway’ service, COTA NSW may be able to direct you to other legal services in your area, or an appropriate legal service that can assist with your specific situation.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Have you heard of Computer Pals for Seniors?

Computer Pals for Seniors is a voluntary organisation formed in August 1999.

All Committee members and tutors are volunteers. The aim of the association is to help seniors learn computer skills. All tutors are seniors and because of this they understand the needs of seniors.

Computer Pals for Seniors is located at 30 Ebley Street Bondi Junction.

Following are some of the courses available at Computer Pals for Seniors:

-Introduction to computers

-Microsoft Windows stages 1 & 2

-Microsoft Word

-Microsoft  Excell

-Microsoft Power Point



   -Microsoft publisher

   -Social media: Facebook, Ebay
    and Skype

   -Family history

   -Greeting cards

Enrolment for semester 1 is on the 21st and 23 rd of January between 10am-3 pm.

Semester 1 commences on the week of the 3rd of February 2014.

Computer Pals also has a meeting once every three months. At these meetings they endeavour to have a guest speaker to talk on matters relating to seniors.

For more information contact Nannette Neeson on: 91304053

Monday, 18 November 2013

White Ribbon Day Men's Breakfast 25th November

White Ribbon Day, the international day for elimination of violence against women falls on 25th November and JewishCare will again be holding its Annual Men's Breakfast

This will be the fifth Men's Breakfast that JewishCare has staged and the event has grown significantly. The first Men's Breakfast which was held in the Board Room started with 30 people and now this year well over 100 men are expected to attend. The event will be held in the Community Lounge  at Saber Street where the first woman will deliver the keynote address, none other than former Democrat leader and currently Chair of the Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women, Natasha Stott Despoja AM.

JewishCare previously extended the Men's Breakfast to a campaign known as 16 Days, 16 Rabbis and 16 Synagogues which encouraged 16 Rabbis to prioritise the topic of domestic violence to their congregations for a period of 16 Days.  Such has been the success of this campaign that this year over 30 Rabbis will be involved.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Have you heard of Sustainable households by the NSW Government's Environment and Heritage?

Environment and Heritage by The NSW Government has provided this great resource called Sustainable households.

Sustainable households provides environmental, energy, water and many other tips on saving in the following areas:

-Smarter Choice
-Recycling and waste
-Building and renovating

They also provide information on:

- Council clean ups in your area
- Where and when you can get rid of unwanted house hold chemicals, batteries or light globes
- How to make better make use of your groceries and create less waste
- What appliances use less energy and water

These tips don’t guarantee a decrease in your energy, gas or water consumption.

Find out more about household sustainability:

Friday, 8 November 2013

Mental Health Expo - 'What Chicken Soup Can't Cure'

This Sunday's mental health expo (What Chicken Soup Cant' Cure) is on rain or shine!!!

Over Twenty leading organisations involved in Mental Health and Wellbeing will be represented on the day. 

These include:

Black Dog Institute
East Sydney Suicide Prevention Network
Waverley Council
East Sydney Medicare Local 
Eastern Suburbs Aftercare
Mission Australia
Benevolent Society
Our Big Kitchen
Mental Health Association of NSW
Phams (Anglicare)
Neami Pagewood/Darlinghurse
Waverley Drug and alcohol
Maroubra Area Health
Sydney Clinic (Ramsay)
COPMI (Children of Parents with Mental Illness) SA
Carers NSW
Salvation Army
Wolper Jewish Hospital
Masada High School
Mental Health Coordinating Council
Richmond Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association
Kingsford Legal Centre
Haymarket Foundation
Sanctuary Respite Centre
Beyond Blue
Comprehensive Psychology
Jewish House

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Have you heard of the The MedicAlert® Foundation?

The MedicAlert Foundation was introduced to Australia in 1971 and is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing a 24/7 personal medical emergency information and identification service. 

The MedicAlert® emblem has been protecting Australians for 40 years and is instantly recognised and trusted by emergency services and healthcare professionals to relay critical - potentially lifesaving information when needed.  


MedicAlert® provides the following services:
  •  Identification emblems
The MedicAlert® emblem clearly displays the international medical symbol on the front with their 24/7 emergency contact number, peoples most critical medical conditions, allergies and if they have membership this number will be included. The emblems can be attached to a bracelet, chain, bangle, necklet or sportsband. 

The emblems can help medical professionals make a quick diagnosis or prevent incorrect medication or procedures being administered in emergency situations.
If a person is a member and some one wants to contact their next of kin in an emergency they can call MedicAlert® on the 24/7 emergency number which is located on the pendant.

MedicAlert® can also keep copies of peoples legal documents to support an advance directive.
MedicAlert's website has a great memory game called ‘Wear What Matters’ that anyone can play.

Even if you don’t need an identification emblem you may just like to Play
‘Wear What Matters’ to keep your memory sharp.

MedicAlert is not the only provider of identification services and there are other products on the market available to you.

This should not be considered an endorsement by JewishCare and we recommend that you speak to your GP before making any decisions.

For more information on MedicAlert® contact their FREECALL on 1800 88 22 22.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

The Mental Health Expo ('What Chicken Soup Cant Cure')

The Mental Health Expo ('What Chicken Soup Cant Cure') this Sunday (10 November) at Emanuel School will be a great event for the whole family. 

Whether you want information about mental health issues (we have Black Dog Institute and other leading organisations involved in Mental Health and Wellbeing) or you want to see two of The Voice finalists Rob Edwards and Nick Kingswell performing live with their bands or you want to have fun playing Putt Putt or other games or you want to see the amazing art works from the last Art Exhibition curated by Caroline Sherman or you want to do all of these things, come along between 11-2pm. 

Rob Edwards captured the ears and hearts of Australia on “The Voice 2″ 2013 talent show and  has remained a favorite for the soul music lovers -

and Nick Kingswell was mentored by Ricky Martin on the hit program, who he still keeps in touch with. ``Ricky's such a genuine, nice guy and he's always checking up on his team to see how we're doing," he said.

Remember it is on 'rain or shine'.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Understanding Internet and game addiction, when it is and isnt

Software misuse is not a behaviour that is separate to principles of human psychology. Just as bad habits form under specific conditions, so do good habits.

One reason that gaming and software use can be so compelling is because of the frequent and reliable direct and indirect rewards it gives the user - 

Come and hear psychologist and founder of Video Game Addiction Treatment Clinic, Emil Hodzic talk about this important issue at 1pm this Sunday at Emanuel School Avoca Street Randwick.

Emil has previously shared some of his tips on dealing with problem gamer kids - so feel free to come along and ask all your questions!

Emil is just one of the presenters at 'What Chicken Soup Can't Cure'  - have a look at the day's schedule.

The presenters who will be coming on the day are:
 - Black Dog Institute
 - East Sydney Medicare Local

We will be using the hashtag #csoup2013 so feel free to use the hashtag to join in the conversation and share your thoughts or comments on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

See you then!

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Australian Museum offers free entry for pensioners

Did you know that Australian Government Pension Card-holders receive free entry into the general admission of the Australian Museum?

Maybe you or one of your loved ones would be interested in viewing one or more of the Australian Museum's current exhibitions:

·         Birds- Exhibition
·         DinosaursExhibition
·         MuseumMummy Exhibit
·         SurvivingAustralia Exhibition
·         AlbertChapman Mineral Collection
For a more extensive list of current exhibitions see -  What's On.

The Aged Case Work Team understands that it is difficult for pensions to participate in many activities as most cost a lot of money. Our team strives to provide you with some interesting free activities in Sydney.

For directions on how to get to the Australian Museum check out their Location, Parking and Public Transport page

For more information contact the Australian Museum on: (+612) 9320 6000 or check out their contact page -

Monday, 28 October 2013

White Ribbon Day

White Ribbon Day is a global initiative to stop violence against woman.
Over the last 6 years on (or around) 25 November JewishCare in Sydney has held a White Ribbon Day Mens Breakfast.
Initially the number of attendees was only 30 but each year more and more men have engaged with the campaign and last year over 120 attended.
The success of the campaign has been helped by the approach of engaging 'ambassadors' who promote it amongst their peers and family.
This year for the first time the keynote speaker will be a woman. Natasha Stott Despoja who was well known as leader of the Democrats, is now a panelist on The Project and has recently been appointed as Chair of the Foundation to prevent violence against women and their children, will be addressing the attendees.
At any one time JewishCare has around 20 families who are being supported by the staff in the Domestic Violence program

Monday, 21 October 2013

What Chicken Soup Can't Cure 10 November 2013

The Mental Health Expo on 10 November at Emanuel School features some great entertainment and information that is important for every family in the community.
There will be talks by leading professionals including Darrell Williams who is CEO of East Sydney Medicare Local

There have been a number of changes to the way the health system operates and these have relevance for the treatment of mental health  and could impact on every person with mental health issues and their families.
Darrell will be discussing the process involved in accessing psychological services via your GP, eHealth and electronic record keeping.

It will be the biggest such event that our community has held which will increase awareness about mental health and provide information on how to lead a healthier life with and an improved sense of well being. 

There will be presentations, talks and information as well as entertainment by performers including the Voice Finalists – Nick Kingswell and Rob Edwards and Kayne Tremills from ABC program Bushwacked.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

World Mental Health Day 10 October 2013


 It’s World Mental Health Day - have a look at the World Mental Health Day website for Australia -

Mental Health is not just about addressing mental illness. It’s about building mental fitness and mental wellbeing. You can do this any time, any day, and any where.

So here’s a challenge for you thanks to Mind Gardener: choose a combination of the suggested exercises below that add up to 100 points -

9 tips to improve your wellbeing -

Every promise you make today - to boost your own happiness and mental health AND to help others - goes up on the site's promise wall - 

This year's World Mental Health day's theme is on mental health and older adults -

Monday, 16 September 2013

What Chicken Soup Can't Cure - An event for the whole family

“What Chicken Soup Can’t Cure”  is a Mental Health and Well Being event staged by JewishCare and supported by Maccabi and Wolper Jewish Hospital. It will be held on the 10th November from 11am – 2pm at the Emanuel School, Randwick.

It will be the biggest such event that our community has held and will increase awareness about mental health and provide information on how to lead a healthier life with and an improved sense of well being.

Leading practitioners and organisations like Black Dog Institute and East Sydney Medicare Local will be attending.

There will be presentations, talks and information as well as entertainment by performers including the Voice Finalists – Nick Kingswell and Rob Edwards and Kayne Tremills from ABC program Bushwacked.

There will plenty of kids activities including face painting, sports activities and an art exhibition that is curated by Caroline Sherman.

Entry will be FREE and we expect hundreds of people from the Jewish and wider community to attend.

It will be a fun event for the whole family whilst communicating some important information at the same time.


Thursday, 12 September 2013

R U OK? Day - 12 September 2013

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.

How to ask 'R U OK?' - 

R U OK? at Work -

and a whole lot of other resources to help you start a conversation and ask R U OK? -

Get involved on 12 September 2013 -

Do you find it difficult to have conversation with people you care about? - try the Conversation Starter -


Have a look at their website for more information

Monday, 2 September 2013

Print35 pop-up shop

Rosh Hashana is only days away and Print35 Design Studio is making it even easier to get those gifts you will need.
Print35 has pop-up shops in Bondi Junction (Coles and Woolworths) as well as Rose Bay and St Ives.
Wish you all a happy new year. Shana Tovah  

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Wishing You a Blessed New Year!

The Aged Case Work Team would like to wish you all a blessed new year! L' Shanah Tovah!

           May you be inscribed and sealed for a good good year

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Community Transport supports people to continue living independently in their community

Community Transport supports elderly people and people who have a disability with difficulties in using conventional public transport. Carers are also welcome to use Community Transport to assist the person they care for while traveling.

Community Transport helps people by providing access to recreation, shopping, medical care, social services and social contact.

The Aged Case Work Team recommends Community Transport as it assists people in need and helps people to maintain their independence.
Other benefits provided by Community Transport are:

· Providing cost effective services
· Providing modified vehicles which contain: hand rails, safety steps and some vehicles have wheel chair assess
· Giving people appropriate times to enter and exit the vehicles

Their staff are trained to support the needs of people who use their service/s.


If you would like to find out about Community Transport in your area have a look at the NSW Government community transport organisation contact list.

You can always speak to your local council to find out who provides Community Transport in your area and to discuss eligibility.