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Most people would agree that there is little worse than being sick and stuck in a hospital – except being sick, stuck in a hospital and alone. Launched officially in July 2015, Ezras Cholim, Hebrew for “help for the sick,” is an organization that aims to make sure that everyone in the Phoenix Jewish community – resident or visitor – is cared for in every way when they are ill.
Alzheimer’s disease is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and is the only one in the top 25 diseases that has been steadily growing. Presently, the condition affects 5.4 million Americans and 150,000 in Arizona alone. It is the leading cause of long-term care placement and accounts for up to 60 percent of long-term care insurance claims. Approximately $160 billion is spent annually in the United States for Alzheimer’s disease-related costs and expenses and the condition affects one in 10 over age 65. More than 100,000 people die from Alzheimer’s disease each year and it is estimated that 14 million Americans will have the disease by the year 2050 – affecting one in eight Baby Boomers.
On July 14, 2014, my husband David and I sat down with our children to disseminate and discuss our health care advanced directives. It was David’s 69th birthday; he died about 2 months before his 70th.
Jewish Free Loan has announced the establishment of The Wolf Family Parkinson’s and Dementia Loan Fund. This fund will enable those suffering from Parkinson’s or dementia and their families to access interest-free loan funds for services and/or equipment related to the many issues and needs that arise when living with or caring for those with one of these debilitating diseases.
Author and speaker Rabbi Mark Borovitz, senior rabbi at Beit T’Shuvah, will speak on “Prisoner Re-entry, Drug Recovery, & the Building of a Jewish Halfway House” at a Valley Beit Midrash lecture, 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix.
Have you ever wondered if there is more to life than you are experiencing? We all grow up believing that if we are good people and do the “right things,” that life will be wonderful. As we reflect on the years that have led to this moment in time, we are filled with joy and pride at what we have achieved and experienced.
Picture Carol, a woman in her mid-60s, sitting at the kitchen table during early November and instead of planning out her Thanksgiving menu, she is filling a pill organizer for her Mom and plotting her Mom’s doctor’s appointments on a calendar.
Temple Chai is participating in The Conversation Project, a national program dedicated to helping people talk about end-of-life care.
Effective immediately, Randee Pri-Tal has assumed the position as interim executive director for the Jewish Genetics Center of Greater Phoenix. Jacqui Breger recently resigned the position. A search for a permanent executive director will begin shortly, according to the center.
One of the leaders in the fight against breast cancer is Dr. Tamar Peretz Yablonski, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, whose tenacity and determination to find a cure inspires her and countless others.
‘Creating Your Authentic Path’ workshop to be held in Sedona: Psychotherapist and life coach Bonnie Barness will lead “Creating Your Authentic Path,” a workshop weekend in Sedona, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 and 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. The retreat takes place at The Sedona Creative Life Center, 333 Schnebly Hill Road, Sedona. Cost is $225.
American actor and comedian Ben Stiller revealed that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer two years ago.
Join me in celebrating September – not only because it marks the fall season, but because it is Falls Prevention Awareness Month.
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.”
Between the challah bake, the Shabbat Project and conferences in Washington, D.C., it's been a busy week.
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.