Seniors

Through this initiative, Seniors establish meaningful relationships and lifelines in a caring and supportive environment where there may have once been feelings of a lack of purpose, loss, grief, and even isolation. For over 30 years, JFCS has been providing support to Seniors and their caregivers so they have the tools to cope and find happiness and joy in every day.

JFCS offers a wide array of senior-based programs, from caregiver support groups and counseling, to Alzhiemer’s support and education. JFCS works with many community partners including the American Alzheimer’s Association, Friendship Centers, Roskamp Center, and Pines Education Institute. Our senior outreach services support the dignity and independence of older adults, through:

  • Culture
  • Education
  • Music and Art Therapy
  • Dance and Exercise
  • Provide Transportation
  • Community Lunch

Read more about the Seniors initiative programs below.

Programs

Caregiver Resources

JFCS offers support, education, training, and opportunities to meet with others facing the challenges associated with the grieving process and how to move beyond.

Caregivers frequently experience fatigue and isolation and don’t know how to ask for help. JFCS offers caregiver support groups and individual support sessions to help caregivers understand what their loved ones are going through, deal with the decisions that need to be made and the emotions they are experiencing, and connect them to the resources needed. This program is free of charge. Caregiver support groups meet weekly.

Caregiver Resources/Alzheimer’s Support and Education Network

Outside support and resources can be very helpful for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Support and Education Network through JFCS is a free program created to support you and your family to reduce caregiver stress, increase coping skills, and connect you to community resources, including free respite. Funded by a grant from the Administration on Aging, this program includes individual and family counseling sessions, education, and ongoing support.

Caregiver Resources/Caregiver Helpline

The Caregiver Helpline provides access to information, education and support for the caregiving community. The Caregiver Support Group offers emotional support, affirmation, understanding and socialization as well as assistance with community resources for individuals who are serving as caregivers for aging parents, spouses or other family members.

Call the JFCS Caregiver Helpline at (941) 364-7560.

Caregiving From a Distance

This program provides a local, caring and loving connection for out of town families, enabling local seniors to age in place safely and with dignity. JFCS creates individualized plans of support for program beneficiaries, and bridges connections to essential community resources, providing peace of mind for families beyond our region and supportive services to seniors where needed.

Counseling for Seniors

Seniors coping with the many challenges and stressors of aging have the opportunity to receive supportive services from licensed clinical social workers at JFCS. Our compassionate team assesses and treats a broad range of life circumstances from depression to complicated and difficult life transitions.

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Retirement
  • Life transitions
  • Financial loss
  • Caregiver challenges
  • Transition to new living setting
  • Loss of independence, retaining independence
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Couples counseling
  • Coping with pet loss

Individual and group sessions are available at our offices or within the home. Medicare and insurance assignment are accepted. For more information, please contact the Director of Senior Services at 941-366-2224.

Geriatric Care Management

Seniors can age in place safely and with dignity through Geriatric Care Management. Offering individualized plans of support and connections to essential community resources, JFCS ensures seniors receive the care they need. Our licensed and trained staff facilitates supportive services, additional resources, referrals and care coordination to realize client success.

  • Consultation and assessment
  • Information and assistance
  • Personalized care plans
  • Home visits by licensed professionals
  • Referrals to services in the community
  • Links to JFCS agency services
  • Care coordination and service monitoring
  • Liaison to family members

For more information, please contact the Director of Senior Services at 941-366-2224.

Respite

The caregiver’s health and wellbeing are essential, and this program recognizes the importance of respite. JFCS offers free onsite respite during caregiver support groups so caregivers can focus on their individual wellness.

For further information on respite options available through JFCS, please contact the Director of Senior Services at 941-366-2224.

Senior Outreach Services

Always striving to successfully meet the challenges of those aging, JFCS provides programs and services to seniors, supporting their desire to live independently and preserving their dignity. These programs facilitate:

  • Culture
  • Education
  • Nutrition
  • Music and Art Therapy
  • Dance and Exercise
  • Provide Transportation
  • Community Lunch

 

Bereavement Support

JFCS has an array of programming available to support individuals experiencing grief and loss. These programs are intended to help people discover effective ways to cope and provide emotional healing through the guidance of our knowledgeable counseling staff.

Having the support of others is essential to begin the healing process through grieving. Individual and group sessions are available via the JFCS Bikkur Cholim/Jewish Healing Program, sponsored in part by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. Pre-Registration is required.

Our six-week bereavement support group includes opportunities to:

  • Connect with others in similar life circumstances
  • Share what’s working for you, and what’s not, so you can build a happier life experience
  • Begin to laugh and look differently at the things the world is offering you now
  • Be guided and supported as you walk along this new path

 

Transportation

JFCS provides transportation for program participants from home or communities via handicapped accessible vans. For further information, please connect with the Director of Senior Services at 941-366-2224.

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When you get older and you can’t do what you used to do, you become isolated and depressed. JFCS case managers offered support so I can be independent

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