Preparing For The Holidays After The Loss Of A Loved One

Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza and New Year’s Day are annual holidays that can be a tough time for people who have experienced the death of someone loved. Family and togetherness are critical themes for the holidays and can bring up deep emotions whether the loss in new or from years ago. Grief is not a tidy, orderly process, and there is no …

Team Member Tuesday: Naomi Carrico

Therapist Naomi Carrico has been working at JFCS for nearly eight years. When asked why she chose to work at JFCS, Naomi explained, “JFCS has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I was involved in so many activities here because my mother worked for the organization. The work that we do …

Your Child’s Mental Health

Children are facing obstacles at a different level than their parents. At a very early age, they are introduced to technology through learning toys and even their parents’ cell phones. As they age, the introduction of the internet and smartphones has brought about cyberbullying, affecting one in three children.  Modern Technology has been proved to foster negative self-images and expose …

Am I in the “Sandwich Generation”?

You may have heard the term “Sandwich Generation” over the past few years, and maybe you’ve stopped to wonder “Am I  part of this group of caregivers?” Thanks to modern medical advances and lifestyle changes, people are living longer. Many times, grandparents live to see their grandchildren marry and have children of their own. However, what happens when grandparents are …

Moving an elderly parent – common and challenging

Many families face the exhausting struggles of helping aging parents from afar. There are often many trips to check in on them, as well as hoping your frequent calls keep them connected in between visits.  However, when your parent has failing cognitive abilities as a result of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, you may be faced with the challenging task of moving …

Back to School Tips for “Sandwich Generation” Caregivers

Sending a child to college is bittersweet; pride swells alongside the pain of letting go. There’s so much to decide, plan, purchase, and pack. Helping a son or daughter select the right school and prepare for the move is a milestone not to be missed. But what about Mom or Dad? While parents ready their college-bound child, who makes sure …

Three Purposeful Parenting Tips

July is purposeful parenting month. This month we have several tips for parents who work long and hard to keep their kids safe and loved. Tip 1: Parenting with a Purpose One of the most important and exciting decisions you can make as a parent is to define success goals for your child. Choosing, communicating and pursuing clear and age-appropriate …

Jewish Family and Career Services Receives Funds for Groundbreaking Holocaust Survivor Care

Jewish Family & Career Services (JFCS) is proud to announce it was selected to receive a grant from the Jewish Federations of North America through the Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care. When combined with matching funds, this award will enable $42,708.00 in new programming for Survivors. The Jewish Federations of North America launched the Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor …

Caregiver Travel: 5 Tips for Summer Road Trips with an Aging Loved One

Now that that spring has finally arrived in Kentuckiana, many families are beginning to prepare for summer vacation. If you are a caregiver, traveling with the person, you care for can cause increased anxiety. Even if you are only planning a short distance trip, the logistics and safety concerns caregivers can make travel seem impossible. What can you do to …

JFCS Mentors Social Work Students

Did you know JFCS counselors have been mentoring social work graduate students for over 40 years? Social work students who do their practicum at JFCS have a unique experience that many other agencies cannot offer.  Students are invited to experience other disciplines and departments at JFCS. “Mentoring students is essential, because practicum and intern students need both clinical experiences and …