Thursday, 26 November 2015

Did you know that War Memorial Hospital is holding a free future planning Seminar on the 7th of December 2015?

War Memorial Hospital will be holding a free future planning Seminar on the 7th of December 2015 for seniors.  

  • Experts will look at planning for the future and what to consider if you plan to stay in your own home
  • Find out about power of attorney, enduring guardianship, advanced care directives & wills

When: Monday the 7th of December 2015

Time: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

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

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

Thursday, 19 November 2015

National Skin Cancer Action Week 15th - 21st of November 2015

Each year the Cancer Council Australia and the Australasian College of Dermatologists come together for National Skin Cancer Action Week.
As we head into summer the National Skin Cancer Action Week (15th – 21st of November 2015) provides a timely reminder for Australians about the importance of staying SunSmart to reduce their risk of skin cancer.

Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they reach 70 and around 2000 Australians die of skin cancer each year.

This year’s slogan is ‘UV. It all adds up’, which will focus on the unintentional UV damage Australians can accumulate when they forget sun protection. Yet most skin cancers can be prevented by the use of good sun protection.

When you do venture out remember to:
- Seek shade
- Wear sun protective clothing that covers as much of your body as possible
- Put on a broad-brimmed hat that shades your face, neck and ears
- Wear wrap-around sunglasses
- Apply SPF30+ broad spectrum water resistant sunscreen liberally to clean, dry skin, at least 20 minutes before being exposed to the sun, and reapply at least every two hours when outdoors
- Carry a bottle of water

If you notice any changes in your skin or have any questions regarding this topic remember to always speak to your GP about it. 

Here is information on how hot weather influences your health, how you can prepare for and stay healthy in the heat, how you can recognise and treat heat-related illness, and how you can care for people who are at risk of heat-related illness:

Try using the SunSmart App to check the weather, temperature, UV level, and sun protection times for the day anywhere in Australia:

Be aware of UV levels and protect yourself:
Use these guidelines and other resources to stay SunSmart:

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Thursday, 12 November 2015

Did you know that this Sunday is World Diabetes day? 14th of November 2015

                                                    World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day is celebrated annually on November 14.
Led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes.

World Diabetes Day 2015 will focus on ‘healthy eating’, which is a key factor in managing Type 1 diabetes and helping to manage and prevent Type 2 diabetes.

International Diabetes Federation reports that by 2035, almost 600 million
of us may be living with diabetes. 

Education and prevention is about knowing the warning signs and risks associated with diabetes, knowing who can help to manage and control diabetes, and what to do if you have this condition.

Education is particularly important as diabetes can affect all aspects of life. Diabetes is life-long and requires many lifestyle adjustments to be made such as diet, exercise, and medication all need to be monitored and altered.

Poor diabetes education and control results in more chance of complications and less chance of leading a healthy life.

Being aware of risk factors such as obesity, glucose intolerance, lack of exercise, and an unhealthy diet is important in the fight against further incidences of diabetes. 

People with these risk factors also need to look out for warning signs including tiredness, weight loss, increased thirst, blurred vision, and lack of concentration.

Diabetes Australia and Diabetes NSW provide the following information to help educate people about diabetes:

-Information on Type 1 diabetes 

-Information on Type 2 diabetes 

-Healthy Eating for Older People  

-You and Your Health Care Team

-Managing Diabetes As You Age

The Community Aged Services team recommends that you keep yourself informed about the causes of diabetes and know the strategies to best prevent or manage the condition.

Remember that people who don't have diabetes need to be informed too.

The Australian Diabetes Council's Customer Care Line number is 1300 342 238 and should be used for seeking support, services, information or advice regarding diabetes.

Test your knowledge on Diabetes with DIABETES KNOWLEDGE QUIZ
There are only 14 quick questions to answer!

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Thank you to all who attended and made our Café Europa event yesterday very special

JewishCare's Community Aged Services would like to thank all who attended and made our Café Europa event yesterday very special.  


There was beautiful classical music and people sang along to well known songs.

This was followed by a sumptuous High Tea and people sat and schmoozed for a long while afterwards, catching up with old friends.

We were pleased to hear many people ask when our next Café Europa event will be held.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

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

In honour of Men’s Health and Movember, War Memorial Hospital will host a free Men’s Health Seminar on the 2nd of November 2015 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 2nd of November 2015
Venue: Day Centre War Memorial Hospital, 125 Birrell Street Waverley
Time: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

For more information and bookings contact Catriona Beaumont on 9369 0215

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Did you know that JewishCare runs Friendship Groups for Seniors at Cremorne Synagogue and Maroubra Synagogue?

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

The monthly programs feature interesting speakers and a light Kosher lunch.

-Cremorne Friendship group meets on the 1st Monday of the month at the Cremorne Synagogue, 12a Yeo Street, Neutral Bay

-Maroubra Friendship group meets on the 3 rd Monday of each month at the Maroubra Synagogue, 635 Anzac Parade, Maroubra

Time: 11 am start but we recommend people arrive at 10:30am

All Jewish seniors are welcome!

If you would like more information please contact Valerie on 93028050 or Linda on 9488 7100.

The Friendship Groups are organised by JewishCare’s Community Club Network and the Links Program.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Here are 5 things absolutely everyone in the Sydney Jewish Community MUST know about Jewish Care:

1. You don’t have to go through challenging circumstances alone. Everybody goes through their own challenges, but what’s important to remember is that if you’re feeling overwhelmed, you can always call us.   

We have many many programs for community members with all sorts of issues, across all ages.  Even if we can’t help you, we may know who can.

2.There are amazing stories happening every day.

 We have amazing stories about helping clients overcome adversity.  We have stories of helping people back on their feet after losing everything, people building their independence, stories of friendship and much much more.

3. What we do is everything to do with your level of religious observance!

JewishCare provides a quality service to the community is regardless of the client’s degree of religiosity.   People’s individual degree of religiousness is always factored in to the service we provide. 

If religious observance is important to a client, we may for example match a Big Brother to little brothers at the same level of religiousness.  If it is not important to the client, we would consider this too.

4. A big part of what we do is prevention and awareness.  For instance, we’re teaching school children about sexual assault and domestic violence as part of Love Bites workshops.  We’re also running workshops for parents on issues of today (e.g. Cyberbullying) and also Pre Marital Education.  We’ve also run workshops on financial literacy for the general public, Rabbi’s and community workers.

Please call 1300 133 660 for any enquiries about these. 

5. There are many ways to help us help the community,.

There are many other ways where you can volunteer your time for the community. For instance:

-  Take a moment to share this post. 

-  Consider volunteering for us.  There are many ways to get involved on an ad hoc basis (e.g. help with driving or providing your professional skills as an Affiliated Professional or more regularly, such as in the Big Brother Big Sister Program and Youth Mentoring. We also need cooks for our meals roster, and other more specialised volunteers.