Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72SENIOR RESOURCES Let us help you navigate senior care Jewish News Staff Report In 2012, the Jewish Community Association of Greater Phoenix (JCA) conducted a study to determine the needs of the aging Jewish community in the Valley. Based upon the study’s findings, the agency concluded that the areas they deemed most important for the Association to focus their time, energy and resources on included: 1. Human Capital: Hiring a knowledgeable indi- vidual to create a list of existing services and how to obtain them. The Senior Services Task Force felt an individual knowledgeable in this area was needed to maintain this database and advise and refer people to existing service providers as needed. 2. Transportation: According to the study, exist- ing transportation resources were cumbersome for seniors, inadequate and difficult to use and often cost-prohibitive. The Task Force recommended that a solution to this problem be studied, formulated and implemented. 3. Programming/Socialization: The JCA ascer- tained from the study that there was a lack of pro- grams providing socialization experiences for seniors, especially for those who have limited transportation options and or are homebound. The study asserted that a more strategic effort needed to be created to augment the availability of existing services for seniors and, where necessary, expand them as needed emphasizing Jewish social, cultural and religious activities. While the needs of our seniors are expansive and at times overwhelming to navigate, the JCA has identified these three “priorities,” as well as many other issues that affect all seniors. As a community, we all have a role to play in responding to these concerns. For over six decades, Jewish News has maintained its critical role as a resource for the Association and the Jew- ish community at large. Our annual directory includes this comprehensive Senior Resource Guide. Included in this supplement, we broaden and review the “language” of senior services, explain resources and provide a listing of services that currently cater to our Jewish community. Our Community Directory, with its supplemental resource for seniors also provides a wide variety of other pertinent information useful to all ages. At Jewish News, we keep our pulse on the issues, legislative responses and services that are currently being offered to our community. We hope that you find the information in our Senior Resource Guide helpful in framing the larger context of the array of senior programs, services and resources that are currently available. Health Care Environment for Seniors Broadly speaking, the current health-care environment – which affects much of senior life – provides federal and state dollars that are allocated to senior programs. The complex changes to the entire gamut of medical reim- bursement is changing the way services are provided. Part of this developing framework divides the reimbursement system into four different categories: 1. Fee-for-service (FFS) with no links of payment to quality 2. Fee-for-service with a link of payment to quality 3. Alternative payment models built on fee-for-service architecture 4. Population-based payment What this means for the layperson is that there will be huge shifts in the way care and services will be provided and delivered to our seniors. There will be existing op- portunities for providers to reinvent themselves but this also means that the people using the services will need to understand how to choose those providers and how their choices will affect their personal health and the corre- sponding outcome. In the very near future you will see providers moving from “traditional” care delivery to “population” health. The new terms are really a way for health-care providers to redesign their services. In high-level terms, population health means looking at the whole person and addressing all aspects of an individual’s life that influence his or her health – essentially not just treating symptoms and condi- tions but the entire person. Population health at the care-delivery level means it is more closely related to wellness initiatives that senior living communities have been adopting for years. Many of those communities are listed here in our Senior Resource Guide. According to the National Wellness Institute, there are six dimensions of wellness: emo- tional, physical, spiritual, intellectual (cognitive), social and vocational. By addressing these key elements, senior living communities seek to improve quality of life and engagement in senior self-care, as a way of reducing avoidable hospitalizations. We will likely see this trend of wellness change the historic paradigms of reimburse- ment to providers. For consumers and for the providers, understanding the impact these changes will have on the community is critical. Understanding this will also enable agencies like the JCA and Jewish Family & Children’s Service and a plethora of other aging-oriented service organizations to maximize their potential models for maximum reim- bursement and maximum results. 52 Jewish News