Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Parent Seminar - Promoting Positive Body Image in Young People

An audience of 60 concerned parents gathered at JewishCare on Wednesday evening, 25 March 2015, to hear experts discuss an issue of prime importance – Promoting Positive Body Image in our Youth. 

Psychologist Jennifer Bradon, from Northside Clinic, gave parents a very extensive list of signs to look out for in their children when eating disorders may be being forged. These range from secret use of laxatives and purging, to self-imposed banning of so-called “bad” foods like carbs, or filling up on water prior to a meal and claiming to be too full to eat dinner. 

Little did parents know that their own behavior and vocabulary about body image would also come under the spotlight. Comments by parents such as “I feel so fat”, or “I look like a cow in this” were revealed as very unhelpful and damaging to creating positive body image in their children. Parents were discouraged from making such derogatory comments about themselves, based on the damaging effects of their children psychologically modelling such behavior and attitudes. 

Media expert Amie Morris, from Project Shine, further empowered parents to take part in the battle against social media, by encouraging them to become familiar with social media such as Instagram, to know what’s out there and what their children are being exposed to. Amie provided invaluable advice on building your child’s self-worth by placing emphasis on their skills and talents, not how they look. 

Amie exposed the damaging effects of photo-shop, used extensively in modelling and the media generally, holding out unattainable standards of beauty and thinness. One parent reported that after discussing the night with her daughters and showing them a video shared on the night, her daughters were in shock that images of models were not real. The effect was profound.

The floor was then opened up to questions from the audience, covering topics such as how to promote healthy eating and whether to interfere in children’s clothing choices if unflattering to their body shape. The speakers highlighted the important of educating children about their changing bodies and the need to eat healthily and be active. Building self-worth in other areas of a child’s life has a buffering affect when body image concerns arise, whereas aligning self-worth with external looks is a recipe for disaster.

If you are interested in enrolling your daughter in JewishCare’s upcoming Project Shine, or you have an area of concern in relation to your child, please contact the Youth Services Team at JewishCare on 9302 8037.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Celebrate with us at JewishCare's Community Aged Services upcoming 3rd Seder Pesach Lunch

JewishCare's Community Aged Services will be holding a 3rd Seder Pesach Lunch in Bondi Junction and Wahroonga next month. 

 We hope that you can join us in our celebration.

Pesach Lunch in Bondi Junction:

When: 7th of April 2015 from 10.30am -1.30pm

Where: Central Synagogue, 15 Bon Accord Avenue, Bondi Junction

RSVP: by the 1st of April to Shani on 8305 8006 

Pesach Lunch in Wahroonga:

When: 8th April 2015 from 10.30am -1.30pm

Where: Kadimah Gardens, 3-9 Jubilee Street Wahroonga 

RSVP: by the 1st of April to Linda on 9488 7100

Cost: $10 includes entertainment and Kosher L'Pesach Lunch

This event is supported by the Conference on Material Claims Against Germany.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Seniors Week is currently in full swing!

NSW Seniors Week commenced last Saturday and wraps up this Sunday so if you haven’t had a chance to see what’s on in your area you may like to check out Seniors Week's program guide to find an event that interests you!
Our Aged Service Team likes the sound of the 'Young at Heart Film Festival', this year will be the 10th anniversary for the 'Young at Heart Film Festival' which runs a 9 day long showcase for film premieres, beloved classics, social events for seniors, their friends and relatives.

In 2015, the 'Young at Heart Film Festival'  takes place at Palace Cinemas in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.

Community screenings of the Young at Heart Short Film Awards will take place in Western Sydney.

Have you attended any events or activities during Seniors Week 2015?

If so we would love to hear what you attended and if you recommend it to other seniors.

Monday, 16 March 2015

5 Reasons Why Volunteers Are Great

It’s National Volunteering Week so we thought we’d deliver to you 5 REASONS WHY VOLUNTEERS ARE GREAT

5) The impact you can have is HUGE

To an outsider, it may appear that the volunteer is just driving a person from point A to point B, sharing a coffee, or helping with a task. However the TRUE impact is so much more.

The volunteer is there in a time of need, providing emotional support, another friendly face. Just being there means SO MUCH

4) Volunteering is WIN WIN

The volunteer helps, participates and contributes to the community without the expectation of something in return. What the volunteer gets in return is priceless- Life skills, a new friend, life experiences and a new network. It can also make you happier and advances your career.


3) The volunteer is part of a special club

JewishCare’s volunteers are part of a special group. They are the lifeblood of JewishCare.

2) Volunteering is contagious

You may just think that you’re helping one person. The REALITY is that if you volunteer, your friends and family may find out and want to volunteer too. Before you know it, your decision could have a far more dramatic effect that you could ever imagine.

The person you’re helping may decide one day to volunteer because of YOUR impact on their life.

1) It feels GREAT

You just can’t beat that feeling of knowing you’ve made a difference, that you’ve contributed to someone’s life and that you have played a part in the helping community.

So a big thanks to all volunteers.  Though the national volunteering week is coming to an end it is never too late to consider volunteering.

If you're thinking about becoming a volunteer for JewishCare, speak to Lana on 8305 8040 or email l.koffman@jewishcare.com.au 


Thursday, 12 March 2015

Did you know that Seniors Week commences this Saturday? 14th – 22nd March 2015

In 2015, NSW Seniors Week will be turning 57 years young and the NSW Government, community and commercial organisations will be holding hundreds of free or discounted events across NSW between 14 - 22 March 2015. 


To celebrate Senior’s Week,
Health Promotion at War Memorial Hospital 

invites seniors to take a trip down memory lane with their 1960s trivia afternoon

Monday 16th March 2015

2pm to 4.30pm

Day Centre War Memorial Hospital

You can attend with some friends or join others on a table for a fun afternoon.

Devonshire tea is provided and there are prizes to be won!

Bookings are essential so contact Catriona on: 9369 0215 or catriona.beaumont@sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au


The 2015 ‪‎NSW Seniors Week magazine is out now! Pick up your free copy from any Westfield concierge desk, Service NSW service centre, Telstra retail store, Fone Zone store, NRMA MotorServe service centre, your local council or library.

You can also download your free copy of the Seniors Week magazine here.

For more information on Seniors Week you may like to visit their Facebook page.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Body-Image Pressure on Young People: A Socio-Cultural Problem

.  In Australians aged 11-24, approximately to 35% of females and 28% of males are dissatisfied with their appearance (1).

·  Poor body image is associated with an increased probability of engaging in dangerous dietary practices and weight control methods, excessive exercise, substance abuse and unnecessary surgery to alter appearance (1).

·  A recent survey of 600 Australian children found that increasingly, children are disturbed by the relentless pressure of marketing aimed at them. A large majority (88%) believed that companies tried to sell them things that they do not really need (2).

Image: http://www.yuppee.com/2013/05/07/prepare-a-girl-talking-about-body-image-in-the-media/

The sudden eruption of digital media content and access to devices in the last generation, has provided more accessible information- to more people- through more sources, than ever before. People have access to this unlimited amount of uncensored information constantly, just by the press of a button. Although this has created opportunities for social and professional developments, it has also become a burden on the health and positive development of our youth.

Image: http://www.personal.psu.edu/afr3/blogs/SIOW/2011/09/body-image-and-the-media.html
The struggle for our youth to develop their own identity is becoming an increasing challenge and concern. Our perception of love, health, beauty and our values are a product of our external influences. The challenge for many of our youth, is the constant battle of trying to achieve goals that are actually unattainable. These goals are presented to them as a means to sell or market a product, which they are constantly being exposed to. 

Beyond that of the media, our social networks are providing an unrealistic perception of reality, forcing individuals to compare their lives to these prescribed, scripted, and filtered fictions. The multiplicity and availability of apps that offer photo-shot and filters to alter and amend pictures, give people a false idea of beauty, health and happiness. This is having an immense effect on the development as well as the mental health of our future generation. The media and social networks are dictating to our youth what beauty looks like, creating an isolated yet strong association between beauty and happiness. 

The unattainable goal of perfection bombarded daily through the media is having damaging effects on our youth with a rise in eating disorders and associated mental health. At the end of 2012, it was estimated that more than 1 million Australians were affected by eating disorders (1). Depression is experienced by approximately 45% to 86% of individuals with an eating disorder (3). Anxiety disorder is experienced by approximately 64% of individuals with an eating disorder (4). This issue is not only a concern for our younger girls as the prevalence of eating disorders are increasing with boys (1). 

This constant uncensored exposure, and their need for a sense of belonging are not just affecting the mental health of our youth, but also their education and their relationships. It also it becoming a safety issue as there is no regulation to tagging locations and ‘follows’.

Maybe this is a policy issue, however, it is time for us to take action. It is time for us to take responsibility for our youth.

JewishCare’s Youth Service team aim to address this issue in their upcoming parent seminar, taking place on Wednesday the 25th of March from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. The seminar aims to teach parents about the dangers that their children may be facing, as well as educating them about how to promote a positive body image within this visually saturated world.

Guest speakers, Jennifer Bradon (Senior Psychologist, Northside Clinic) and Amie Morris (Founder, Project Shine), will be presenting on:

• Understanding the range of influences that impact on a child’s sense of self.

• Supporting children to build healthy body image and positive self-esteem.

• Practical strategies for building resilient and confident kids.

A panel including the guest speakers and Psychologist Michael Avnet, will be present for questions and answers.

Let’s take some action and help our future generation towards a positive healthy outlook on themselves and their lives.

If you would like to book in for this FREE seminar, please click here: http://www.trybooking.com/HCRL

If you know someone who is struggling, and have any mental health concerns please seek help now.

Some useful resources are:

· JewishCare - http://www.jewishcare.com.au/

· The Butterfly Foundation - http://thebutterflyfoundation.org.au/

· Beyond Blue - http://www.youthbeyondblue.com/

· Black Dog Institute - http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/

· Headspace – http://www.headspace.org.au/

· YOUTH BLOCK -Camperdown Youth Health Service Youthblock provides free, confidential support, counselling and health services for young people aged 12 - 24 who live or spend time in the Inner West of Sydney. (02) 9516 2233

1. The National Eating Disorders Collaboration (2010). Eating Disorders Prevention, Treatment & Management: An Evidence Review. Retrieved from http://www.nedc.com.au/nedc-publications
2. The 2006 Nielsen company survey, covering 25000 respondents in 45 countries. Retrieved from http://www.eatingdisorders.org.au/key-research-a-statistics#12
3. O’Brien, K.M.O., & Vincent, N.K. (2003). Psychiatric comorbidity in anorexia and bulimia nervosa: Nature, prevalence, and causal relationships. Clinical Pyschology Review, 23, 57-74.
4. Kaye, W.H., Bulik, C.M., Thornton, L., Barbarich, N., Masters, K., & Price Foundation Collaborative Group. (2004). Comorbidity of anxiety disorders with anorexia and bulimia nervosa. American Journal of Psychiatry, 161, 2215-2221.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

'Still Alice’ is an inspirational movie for all to watch. It provides an insight into the life of a linguistics professor who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s.

There are 36 million people around the world with dementia and 7.7 million are diagnosed each year.

Dementia is diagnosed if two or more cognitive functions are impaired including memory, language skills, understanding information, spatial skills, judgment and attention.

Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, affecting about two thirds of cases.

But cases of people under 65 are very rare.

Currently out in cinemas, ‘Still Alice’, is an inspirational film about Alice Howland, who is happily married with three grown children and is a renowned linguistics professor. Initially Alice starts to forget simple things, like words. Soon she receives a devastating diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s.

Still Alice the movie is based on the book by Lisa Genova - http://lisagenova.com/still-alice/

Book by Lisa Genova http://lisagenova.com/still-alice/ and movie poster

Julianne Moore, who received an Academy Award for best actress, gives a compelling performance with insight into how life changes for a person with such a diagnosis, as well as how their family may be affected.

Image: https://www.facebook.com/StillAliceMovie

Every day the staff at JewishCare work with people living with dementia. The emotional turmoil experienced by the families of our clients is heart wrenching.

At JewishCare, we believe that educating the public about the subject of dementia is one of the most important steps in providing support to this community of people. The emotion which the audience experienced during one of the screening sessions of this film, highlighted how many people are touched by this disease.

We highly recommend this film or book to anyone who wants to understand this complex and, nowadays, seemingly common illness.

Sources for blog post:
- Millions affected: SBS report http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/02/25/hes-here-hes-not-here-family-struggles-dads-early-onset-dementia