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Better hearing, mental health care should be made available to all

With more than 1 million individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing in Arizona and more than 48 million nationwide, it is natural to assume that access to quality health care for those with a hearing loss would be the same as for those whose hearing is intact. The reality is that it is not. May is both Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) and Mental Health Month (MHM), and together, both causes connect on an important issue within the deaf and hard of hearing communities.

Wednesday 05/03/2017
Aging today: Playlists in the key of life
Posted: May 03, 2017

“Miracles” by Jefferson Starship, “Beautiful Day” by U2 and “Promised Land” by the Boss (Bruce Springsteen) are just three of the songs on my “Favorite Songs of All Time” playlist. I started making this playlist after seeing the 2014 documentary, “Alive Inside.” The film details the healing power of music by following the journey of social worker Dan Cohen as he delivered pre-loaded iPods with personalized music to nursing home residents.

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Tips to help care for parents suffering from a chronic illness
Posted: May 03, 2017

It’s not easy seeing your parent suffer through a long-term chronic illness. It is even harder for them to go through it. As you begin your caregiving journey, remember these tips.

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Wednesday 04/19/2017
Writer David Sheff honored by American Society of Addiction Medicine
Posted: April 19, 2017

Acclaimed writer and former Scottsdale resident David Sheff is the recipient of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) 2017 Media Award.

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Wednesday 04/05/2017
New bowling league for those with early stage dementia
Posted: April 05, 2017

The new L’Chaim Bowling League plays easy bumper bowling for those suffering from MCI/early stage dementia at 2 p.m. Mondays at Let It Roll, 8925 N. 12th St., Phoenix.

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When it’s time to give up a pet
Posted: April 05, 2017

Helping our loved ones navigate the realities of aging – such as recognizing when it is time to give up the family pet – can be heart-wrenching. As life revolves full circle, you may find yourself in the position of taking away the dog from the very person who rounded out your childhood experiences by including a pet in the happy chaos.

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Wednesday 03/22/2017
Living wills, advanced directives are important for adults of all ages
Posted: March 22, 2017

It’s been quite a month. A coworker was in a car accident and spent days in the ICU, a family member was in a serious trauma and spent weeks in the hospital, and I caught the flu and ended up with a bronchitis that lasted five weeks and made me appreciate how I take breathing for granted. In each of these situations, the person in question was in the prime of life; all three of us had a reasonable expectation of a long life ahead. And yet, with each, it could have ended differently.

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Wednesday 03/08/2017
Catchball catches on in Israel
Posted: March 08, 2017

Every week, thousands of women across Israel gather to play a sport almost no one outside the country has heard of.

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Wednesday 03/01/2017
Spring has sprung: seize the season
Posted: March 01, 2017

As the glorious weather precedes the spring equinox, chants of “This is why we live here” can be heard throughout the Valley of the Sun. For Phoenicians, amnesia is bliss, as we repress all memory of those triple digit days. Knowing how precious time and the mild temperatures are, let’s celebrate spring in the garden. Grab your aging loved one, and seize the season.

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Wednesday 03/01/2017
Area Agency schedules public hearings about services for older adults
Posted: March 01, 2017

As part of process to involve the public in identifying unmet needs of older adults in Maricopa County and how best to serve them, the Area Agency on Aging has scheduled public hearings at three Valley locations from March 6-8.

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Book created for Jews with Alzheimer’s
Posted: March 01, 2017

The book is large and fits comfortably on a lap. The color photographs nearly fill each page. Each image depicts real people doing everyday Jewish things — a young girl eating matzah ball soup; a bubbe and her grandchildren lying in the grass; a man wearing tefillin, praying. The sentences are in large print; they are simple (“Mother says the blessing over the candles”) and easy to read.

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Wednesday 02/22/2017
Luna Azul neighborhood fosters independence
Posted: February 22, 2017

Four years ago, Mark Roth and his wife, Lauren, began the discussion many parents of special-needs children have: How would their daughter Emma, now 17, navigate life as an adult and what would happen to her when they were gone?

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Wednesday 02/15/2017
This Orthodox nutritionist sells 'kosher' workouts and 90-calorie challah
Posted: February 15, 2017

NEW YORK — It's still that time of year, when tons of people — eager to fulfill New Year's resolutions to get in shape or drop a few pounds — flock to gyms and weight-loss centers.

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Wednesday 02/08/2017
Disability advocates worried about health care repeal
Posted: February 08, 2017

At the recent Jewish Disability Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, one question on the minds of elected officials and the 180 advocates they met with was this: How will the disabled population continue to receive adequate services if the Affordable Care Act is scrapped as President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have promised?

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A Valentine vow for elderly loved ones
Posted: February 08, 2017

Is it me or do you also feel like Valentine’s Day is officially on steroids? Back in the day, flowers or candy for your sweetheart and you were done. The good news is that this day is not exclusively for lovers any more. I’m quite pleased with the evolution – another Hallmark holiday to pause and appreciate our loved ones. Awash in pink and red and covered with hearts, Feb. 14 is bigger, but it could get better. How? I’d like to ask cupid to readjust his aim. Let’s TBT (turn back time) on Valentine’s Day to celebrate our elderly loved ones.

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Wednesday 02/01/2017
UpScale brings dignity to patients
Posted: February 01, 2017

We know that people with mobility challenges, whether temporary or permanent, often face many physical obstacles, but many of us would be surprised to know that those obstacles can be found in doctors’ offices, health care centers and hospitals.

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Living with Type 1 diabetes
Posted: February 01, 2017

Two years ago, 12 days before his ninth birthday, my son Yehuda was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

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Jewish Genetic Diseases Center hires new executive director
Posted: February 01, 2017

The Jewish Genetics Diseases Center of Greater Phoenix has announced the hiring of a new executive director. Wendy Carriere assumed the reins in early January. Carriere came to Phoenix in 2001 when she and her family relocated from Denver.

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Wednesday 01/25/2017
Doctors start nonprofit to prevent, treat diabetes
Posted: January 25, 2017

According to the most recent figures available from the Arizona Department of Health Services, there are more than 600,000 people in Arizona with Types 1 and 2 diabetes, with the number of pre-diabetics also on the rise.

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Smile on Seniors presents discussion about dementia
Posted: January 25, 2017

Smile on Seniors will present an interactive discussion about dementia and communication led by dementia expert, Lori Nisson, MSW, LCSW, at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at Chabad of Phoenix, 2110 E. Lincoln Drive.

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Wednesday 01/11/2017
Ezras Cholim volunteers provide care for the ill
Posted: January 11, 2017

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.

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Wednesday 12/28/2016
Alzheimer’s expert presents series
Posted: December 28, 2016

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. 

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Wednesday 12/07/2016
The key to time is now
Posted: December 07, 2016

The key to time is now

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Wednesday 11/30/2016
What matters most at the end of life?
Posted: November 30, 2016

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.  

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Wednesday 11/23/2016
JFL introduces loan fund for Parkinson’s and dementia
Posted: November 23, 2016

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.

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Rabbi to speak on helping recovering addicts find their way in the world
Posted: November 23, 2016

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.

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Wednesday 11/16/2016
Creating an authentic path
Posted: November 16, 2016

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.

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Wednesday 11/09/2016
Showing thankfulness for family caregivers
Posted: November 09, 2016

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.

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Temple Chai joins The Conversation Project to help discuss end-of-life care
Posted: November 09, 2016

Temple Chai is participating in The Conversation Project, a national program dedicated to helping people talk about end-of-life care.

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Pri-Tal has assumed the position as interim executive director
Posted: November 09, 2016

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.

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Tuesday 10/18/2016
Hadassah continues leading-edge research in breast cancer detection
Posted: October 18, 2016

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.

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Wednesday 10/12/2016
Wellness briefs 10-14-16
Posted: October 12, 2016

‘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.

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Wednesday 10/05/2016
Ben Stiller reveals prostate cancer diagnosis
Posted: October 05, 2016

American actor and comedian Ben Stiller revealed that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer two years ago.

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Wednesday 09/21/2016
Celebrating fall prevention
Posted: September 21, 2016

Join me in celebrating September – not only because it marks the fall season, but because it is Falls Prevention Awareness Month.

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