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Celebrating fall prevention

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

Wednesday 08/31/2016
Innovation the key to successful aging
Posted: August 31, 2016

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.

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Wednesday 08/24/2016
Therapist offers personal transformation guidance from A to Z
Posted: August 24, 2016

“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.

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Wednesday 08/10/2016
Keep cool in ‘dog days’ of summer
Posted: August 10, 2016

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.   

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Free screening for joint pain
Posted: August 10, 2016

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.

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Tuesday 06/28/2016
Jewish groups put up a fight against growing opioid epidemic
Posted: June 28, 2016

NEW YORK — Eve Goldberg's son, Isaac, was in a panic. He had to get out of college.

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Wednesday 06/22/2016
Support for ‘unsung heroes’
Posted: June 22, 2016

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.” 

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Friday 06/17/2016
People who attend religious services live longer, new study suggests
Posted: June 17, 2016

NEW YORK — All those people urging you to go to synagogue more may have a point.

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Wednesday 04/27/2016
Technology help for seniors
Posted: April 27, 2016

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.  

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Wednesday 03/23/2016
When is it time to take away car keys?
Posted: March 23, 2016

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.  

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Wednesday 03/16/2016
Registration open for Hadassah’s ‘Every Step Counts’
Posted: March 16, 2016

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.

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Workshop focuses on creating life balance
Posted: March 16, 2016

 “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. 

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TBS-EV lecture addresses relationship issues
Posted: March 16, 2016

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. 

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Lecture to discuss effect of nutrition on mood
Posted: March 16, 2016

“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. 

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Wednesday 02/24/2016
Israeli hospital develops innovative surgery
Posted: February 24, 2016

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.

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Wednesday 02/03/2016
Conference to address Jewish views on ‘health, mortality and morality’
Posted: February 03, 2016

“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.

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Lecture addresses anxiety issues
Posted: February 03, 2016

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.

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Wednesday 01/20/2016
JFCS Aleinu presents workshop about aging
Posted: January 20, 2016

“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. 

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Area Agency on Aging starts hoarding therapy group
Posted: January 20, 2016

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.

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VOSJCC offers basketball, flag football
Posted: January 20, 2016

The Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center will hold pickup basketball games every Sunday in February. 

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Wednesday 01/13/2016
'Dr. Anxiety’ presents lecture series
Posted: January 13, 2016

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.”

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Wednesday 12/30/2015
TBS-EV to present lecture series on mental health issues
Posted: December 30, 2015

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.

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Men of Emanuel to hold blood drive
Posted: December 30, 2015

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.

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VOSJCC hosts health and wellness expo
Posted: December 30, 2015

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.

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Tuesday 12/01/2015
The Jewish Patch Adams: Medical clowns’ work steeped in smiles, research
Posted: December 01, 2015

“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.

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Tuesday 11/10/2015
Share the care of caregiving
Posted: November 10, 2015

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.

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FDA approves new therapy for pancreatic cancer patients
Posted: November 10, 2015

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.

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Wednesday 10/21/2015
Beth El Women’s League to host Pink Shabbat
Posted: October 21, 2015

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.

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Wednesday 10/14/2015
Phoenix 10K keeps up pace at 40
Posted: October 14, 2015

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.

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Tuesday 10/13/2015
Hadassah project uplifts awareness of breast cancer
Posted: October 13, 2015

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.

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Wednesday 10/07/2015
Pilates studio offers ‘Buff Bones’
Posted: October 07, 2015

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.

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Devoted Guardians gives clients committed care
Posted: October 07, 2015

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.

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Wednesday 09/30/2015
Jewish Genetic Diseases Center holds screening event
Posted: September 30, 2015

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.

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Hospice of the Valley, Deutsch Family Shalom Center partner for mindfulness class
Posted: September 30, 2015

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.

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