The holidays are a wonderful time for families to gather and share in memories and traditions. However, meals around the table can also spur on questions about the health of our aging family members.
The world we live in is quite stressful. When life feels a little out of control either because you are feeling a depressed or anxious or believe that anxiety and depression are causing problems in your life, our therapists can assist you in building the skills to get back on track.
Our Executive Director, Michelle Napell, was named as the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber as the October Champion for Business and recognized at their October 3 luncheon. This recognition is given by the Chamber in honor of Michelle’s leadership of JFCS as an important part of the Greater Mercer community.
Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) will be taking its Community Food Pantry on the road and hosting a Pop-Up Food Pantry at Christ Congregation in Princeton (50 Walnut Lane) on Thursday, October 24 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Fresh fruits, vegetables, snack foods, and non-perishable items will be available. A vegetarian dinner prepared by congregants will be served at 6:00 p.m. and there will also be a coloring activity for kids.
Each May, the Administration for Community Living leads our nation in observance of Older Americans Month. We are proud that the work of our Senior Services Department at JFCS so well reflects this year’s themes: Connect, Create, Contribute.
For most couples, going out for a meal or an activity is a normal part of life. But when one of the members of the couple is memory-impaired, even the simplest activity is filled with anxiety and difficulty. JFCS has created a unique program to help caregivers and their spouses with memory impairments to enjoy time out together, combining a caregiver support group with an engaging activity for the care recipient. Join us as a new group begins Thursday September 6th at 10:30am.
This week, the world was shocked by news of two high profile suicides; yet the reality is there were many more lives that have been lost to suicide. The reality is, in NJ, one person dies by suicide every 11 hours. The reality is, the conversation cannot stop today.
Across the country, older Americans are taking part in activities that promote wellness and social connection. They are sharing their wisdom and experience with future generations, and they are giving back to enrich their communities. They’re working and volunteering, mentoring and learning, leading and engaging.
As we reflect on the past year, we thank you for bringing your commitment and your compassion to JFCS allowing us to serve so many in need in our community.
YOU are the light of the season. Your year end gift will brighten the lives of individuals who may be facing darkness, uncertainty and challenges that we cannot imagine.