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We are an aging society and thanks to medical breakthroughs, Americans are living longer. At risk are publicly funded health, long-term care and income-support programs for older adults. The stress on these programs is a direct result of people now living longer, who are facing challenges with illnesses, diseases, cognitive deficits and other physical limitations that are associated with aging.
“Creating a better you in 20 minutes a day...” Before you start to say change could never be that easy, Dr. Livia Spitz Steingart suggests personal transformation may be as easy as your ABCs.
Summertime brings many people outdoors to enjoy barbecues, pool time and of course the bright, sunny days. But as many of us who have lived in Arizona for any length of time know, summers here last typically into the final days of September.
A free orthopedic screening for people with joint pain will be held 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, on the HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center campus at the Cowden Center, 9202 N. Second St., Phoenix. Licensed physical therapists will evaluate patient pain in the neck, back, hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, ankle or foot. For an appointment, call 623-580-5800 or visit HonorHealth.com/events.
NEW YORK — Eve Goldberg's son, Isaac, was in a panic. He had to get out of college.
The extra daylight of the summer solstice usually feels like an annual bonus. We all know intellectually that it’s the same 24-hour day, yet it’s hard to deny that with extra sunlight comes renewed energy and optimism. Unfortunately, for the family caregivers of Alzheimer patients, the longer days are more challenging and may feel in many respects like, “This was the longest day of my life.”
NEW YORK — All those people urging you to go to synagogue more may have a point.
In 2009 while attending the National Association for Home Care and Hospice’s annual meeting, I had the great privilege to attend a session led by the inspirational former Secretary of State and Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell, who recalled a time when extended families lived in the same neighborhoods during a time when community members looked after one another.
Take a second to reflect back to the time you became a licensed driver. Who could forget that palpable exhilarating feeling of empowerment? The independence from your parents, siblings or friends, to be in charge of your own destiny.
Every Beat Counts: Hadassah’s Heart Program has opened registration for “Every Step Counts: Hadassah’s Walking Program,” a virtual walking route that starts in Jerusalem and ends in Atlanta, which is the site of Hadassah’s 2016 national convention.
“Creating Balance in Life,” a workshop presented by the JFCS Aleinu Network and the Shalom Center, will be held 8:30 a.m.-noon Wednesday, April 6, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
Dr. Martin Sodomsky will present the last in a series of mental health lectures 1-2 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley, 3400 N. Dobson Road, Chandler.
“Good Food, Good Mood: How food affects us” is the topic of a lecture to be presented by Cactus ORT at 1 p.m. Monday, March 28, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
Dr. Ziv Gil, chairman of the department of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery at the Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, Israel, was recently in Scottsdale to give a presentation about an innovative method for removing skull-based tumors.
“Health, Mortality and Morality: Jewish Perspectives” is the topic of a Judaism, Science & Medicine Group Conference to be presented by the Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Feb. 21-22 at Embassy Suites Phoenix-Scottsdale, 4415 E. Paradise Village Parkway S., Phoenix.
Dr. Martin E. Sodomsky will present a lecture on social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder 1-2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley, 3400 N. Dobson Road, Chandler. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m.
“A-Z on Aging: Learn Everything You Didn’t Know About Aging and Resources,” a workshop presented by JFCS Aleinu, will be held 8:30 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
The Area Agency on Aging, Region One, will offer “Too Many Treasures,” a 14-week therapy group designed to affirm, educate and gently guide individuals who self-identify with hoarding behaviors. The group is open to individuals who are age 60 and older and are able to commit to attending all 14 sessions. Registration is now open; meetings will take place in Central Phoenix and North Glendale beginning in February. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 602-241-5577.
The Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center will hold pickup basketball games every Sunday in February.
Over the years, Dr. Martin Sodomsky has seen countless patients with anxiety disorders. But many people go undiagnosed and suffer for years without seeking treatment, Sodomsky says. “They don’t realize anxiety disorders are treatable.”
Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley will host a free monthly lecture series on mental health issues, “How to Slay the Worry Monster,” featuring Dr. Martin Sodomsky.
The Men of Emanuel will hold a blood drive 8 a.m.-noon Sunday, Jan. 10, at Temple Emanuel of Tempe, 5801 S. Rural Road. The United Blood Services Bloodmobile will be in the parking lot. Register at bloodhero.com using TempleEmanuel as a sponsor code.
The Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center will host a Health & Wellness Expo 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10. The expo includes fitness demonstrations, children’s activities and special deals. The VOSJCC is located at 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
“You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome,” says the late actor Robin Williams in the 1998 film “Patch Adams,” which shed light on the life of influential physician, social activist, comedian and clown Hunter Doherty Adams.
It is not a provocative issue such as gay marriage or illegal immigration, yet the importance of what we do – or don’t do – regarding the health and care needs of our seniors may have more economic, physical and moral relevance for families than any other problem before us.
Patients with advanced pancreatic cancer now have access to the new FDA-approved drug, Onivyde, that produced significant overall survival rates in an international clinical study conducted in part by researchers at HonorHealth Research Institute in Scottsdale and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in Phoenix.
Beth El Congregation’s Women’s League, in cooperation with Sharsheret, is sponsoring a Pink Shabbat on Saturday, Oct. 24, to promote awareness of breast cancer in the Jewish community. Sharsheret is a national nonprofit organization supporting young women of all Jewish backgrounds, and their families, facing breast cancer and focuses on educating Jewish communities about the increased genetic risk of developing hereditary breast cancer.
Dr. Art Mollen has long been a proponent of physical fitness and healthy eating as important keys to overall good health. “But I think mental attitude is probably 90 percent of the game. That, and it’s important to pick the right parents,” he adds.
BRCA. It’s the gene mutation that gives Ashkenazi Jews a higher risk of breast cancer than the general population. But the women’s Zionist organization Hadassah is using three of BRCA’s letters — b, r, a — as a platform to help American women lead healthier lives and become more educated about breast cancer.
When Deborah Lavinsky, PMA-CPT, was training to become a Pilates instructor, one of the requirements was to design an individualized training program. One of her clients had osteoporosis – a medical condition that causes bones to become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue – so Lavinsky began researching a training plan for her.
Aaron Sinykin, CEO of home care agency Devoted Guardians, knows what it’s like to be on the other side of the caregiver-family relationship.
The Jewish Genetic Diseases Center of Greater Phoenix will hold an education and screening event 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. According to the center, one in three Jewish individuals of Ashkenazi/Eastern European descent is a carrier for one or more Jewish genetic diseases.
Hospice of the Valley and the Shalom Center at Temple Chai will offer “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction,” an eight-week course developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979 by a physicist from MIT.
Shabbat in Jerusalem was like no Shabbat I have ever experienced.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about a program that two ex-IDF soldiers developed to help teach disadvantaged teens to surf and in turn to become surfing teachers for wounded warriors.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about the question facing French Jews as anti-Semitism continues to spark violence and fear there.