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Four great ways to get connected and engaged with your community

Social interaction is part of being a happy, healthy human being. But all too often, we get caught up with family and work. We forget to go outside and get connected to our neighbors.

Wednesday 08/02/2017
Seniors face extra dangers during Arizona summer
Posted: August 02, 2017

When it comes to weather, Minnesota is the opposite of Arizona. In the depths of winter, Minnesota residents hunker down in their homes and wait for the spring thaw to comfortably enjoy the great outdoors. Of course, here in Arizona, we hunker down in the summer months when temperatures can get as high as 120 degrees and wait for the coolness of fall and winter. One thing both places have in common, though, is that extreme temperatures can take a toll on older adults.

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A new home for a new phase in life
Posted: August 02, 2017

It’s tough to see Mom and Dad moving into the stage of life where they need additional care. But just because they’re getting older doesn’t mean you have to “put them in a home.”

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Wednesday 07/26/2017
Valley synagogues challenged to go vegan
Posted: July 26, 2017

The Valley could have one of the first synagogues in the nation to go vegan.

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Wednesday 07/19/2017
Program will teach people with special needs to cook healthy
Posted: July 19, 2017

Thanks to seed funding from a Phoenix-based natural and organic food store chain, adults with autism and other neuro-diversities will be able to take cooking classes to help them eat healthy.

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Keep children physically active in the summer
Posted: July 19, 2017

During the summer when temperatures are high, children’s levels of physical activity can drop, which can have several negative effects.

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Wednesday 07/05/2017
Duet offers a variety of support groups for caregivers
Posted: July 05, 2017

The interfaith organization Duet: Partners in Health & Aging, provides a number of support groups across the Valley to caregivers that are specific to their needs.

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Food for thought
Posted: July 05, 2017

If you can finish this advertising jingle — “When it says Libby’s, Libby’s, Libby’s on the label, label, label, you will...” — you are most likely a baby boomer and can remember canned mush posing as vegetables that you could not even get the dog to eat.

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Wednesday 06/28/2017
Caregiver mentor program seeks volunteers
Posted: June 28, 2017

Duet: Partners in Health & Aging, a nonprofit interfaith organization, will hold a training session for its caregiver-to-caregiver mentor program noon-4 p.m. Monday, July 3, at Church of the Beatitudes, 555 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix.

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Wednesday 06/28/2017
The World Egg Bank balances infertility, egg donations and Jewish law
Posted: June 28, 2017

The first mitzvah in the Torah is “to be fruitful and multiply.” Yet, throughout the Bible there are stories of women dealing with infertility; three of the four matriarchs had infertility struggles. But today’s technology offers hope to all women who are having difficulty conceiving.

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Wednesday 06/14/2017
Discover the healing power of expressing gratitude
Posted: June 14, 2017

Six months ago, when Americans celebrated Thanksgiving, it is likely that most of us acknowledged the blessings of a good life. At the midway mark, I ask you, how often have you expressed gratitude since then? According to a 2011 Harvard Mental Health Letter, people who routinely express gratitude sleep better, go to the doctor less often and show less depressive symptoms. It is amazing how many positive correlates there are to gratitude. So many, in fact, that you’d think we’d all be chasing after it all the time. So why aren’t we?

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Wednesday 06/07/2017
Israeli researchers develop new treatment for ALS patients
Posted: June 07, 2017

Researchers at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) announced the development of a new treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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Naturopathic center offers alternative treatment methods
Posted: June 07, 2017

The Arizona Natural Health Center’s signature Heal & VibeOnLife system was designed to address the six major pillars that govern health, according to the center. These include nutrition, fitness, sleep, stress management, detoxification, and community and social support.

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Wednesday 05/17/2017
Better hearing, mental health care should be made available to all
Posted: May 17, 2017

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.

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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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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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