Lockdown Paradox: Help Is More Available, But Less Known

While the COVID-19 lockdowns have undoubtedly saved lives, they have also increased social isolation for older adults in our community. In addition, the tightening economy has caused unprecedented hardships for people who have never needed help before. In response, new COVID-19-related services are being offered through local, state, and federal agencies. Yet connecting these services Read more about Lockdown Paradox: Help Is More Available, But Less Known[…]

A Sister’s Love Stretches 100 Miles, Thanks to Caring Social Worker

In 1985, Miriam Yenkin was nominated president of the Jewish Federation of Columbus (now JewishColumbus) and, upon her acceptance, became the first woman to serve in that role. Before, during, and after her time as president—for 60 years, in fact—Yenkin has been passionate about her community, and over the decades has developed strong and enduring Read more about A Sister’s Love Stretches 100 Miles, Thanks to Caring Social Worker[…]

The Promise of a Continuous Care Retirement Community

Sherry was naturally devasted when her father died. But almost immediately, she was comforted knowing that her mother was surrounded by supportive and loving friends—friends who had known and appreciated her dad because he and Sherry’s mom had moved into a continuous care retirement community two years earlier. Elizabeth Mefford, Director of Marketing and Admissions Read more about The Promise of a Continuous Care Retirement Community[…]

Necessity Wrought by Virus Takes Older Adult Program to Inventive New Heights

When the global pandemic became a local concern, the physical health of our elderly was paramount in the minds of the community. However, the remedy of isolation created problems of its own. Older adults rely heavily on area programming to boost comradery and enhance their emotional well-being. So, the lockdowns that were intended to protect Read more about Necessity Wrought by Virus Takes Older Adult Program to Inventive New Heights[…]

Contrasting Concerns for Older Adults: Virus and Isolation Both Carry Risks

“Loneliness can be worse than obesity, alcoholism, or smoking. We consider it our epidemic.” — Ann Sutton Burke   What can older adults and those who love them do, when isolation from COVID-19 and the need for socialization come into conflict? Though we know that socialization plays a role in everyone’s health, no matter the Read more about Contrasting Concerns for Older Adults: Virus and Isolation Both Carry Risks[…]

Avoiding Dementia Is Not Purely a Matter of Genetics; Tips for Better Brain Health

Brain health is something most people tend to take for granted. When brains are functioning as they should, the average person does not think about ways to improve or avoid harming our brains. Yet, when a problem with cognitive skills or memory develops, many wish they had known more about brain health techniques. According to Read more about Avoiding Dementia Is Not Purely a Matter of Genetics; Tips for Better Brain Health[…]

Employees Caring for Aging Parents Should Understand Their Rights

Working adults who find themselves caring for aging parents will likely face heightened workplace stress. Research has found that these employees often don’t have access to options that would allow them the flexibility to do their jobs and provide care for their aging relatives. As a result, they report feeling as though their job security is Read more about Employees Caring for Aging Parents Should Understand Their Rights[…]

Home for the Holidays: What to Look for with Older Adult Family Members

During the holiday season, many of us visit or are visited by our aging parents or relatives—often for the first time in months. Having awareness about specific changes in older adults that might be cause for concern is knowledge that can benefit all involved. This year, when gathering with your family for Chanukah or other Read more about Home for the Holidays: What to Look for with Older Adult Family Members[…]

Information and Referral Day: Honoring Those Who Daily Provide Peace of Mind

Every day, across the country, thousands of professionals and volunteers successfully link people in need of assistance to the programs, services, and nonprofit organizations that can best deliver it. These critical links, which are typically free to access and use, are accomplished through a powerful network of interconnected people and agencies, collectively known as the Read more about Information and Referral Day: Honoring Those Who Daily Provide Peace of Mind[…]

Plan Ahead: How to Prepare in Case of a Medical Emergency

Because no one ever plans to get sick or injured, people often fail to prepare for what to do in the event of a medical emergency. Yet, planning ahead can make all the difference in a person’s outcome. Unexpected health crises can sometimes be life threatening, and they can be particularly alarming for older adults Read more about Plan Ahead: How to Prepare in Case of a Medical Emergency[…]