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 …

Ten Tips for Thriving During the Holidays

1. Learn to Say NO. Give yourself permission to decline invitations or added responsibilities that you don’t want. Remember this is your holiday! 2.  Change Things Up. Families change over time, and traditions can be updated to reflect the current needs and desires of family members. 3. Join Festivities in Moderation. Decide how long you want to stay at a …

Hannukah Helpers Family Mitzvah Party by Robin Ungar

It’s that time of year again for the Menorahs, candles, spinning dreidels, gelt, potato latkes, jelly donuts, and of course, presents, because what would Hanukkah be without all of these things? Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in the second century B.C.E. during the Maccabean revolt against oppressive Greek rulers.           On December …

Merry Monday Updates

Next week is Thanksgivukkah! Are you getting excited? As you prepare your holiday menu, we hope you’ll remember to join us for the Chanukah Helpers Family Mitzvah on Sunday, November 24. Your family can help us prepare the gifts received through the Chanukah Helpers program. For details, contact Kim Toebbe at 452-6341, ext. 103. Don’t forget that November is National …

Sweet New Year Family Mitzvah Party

On Sunday, September 8, Signature Healthcare and JFCS Family Mitzvah committee collaborated to hold a lovely “Sweet New Year Tea Party.” Several families joined with us to celebrate Rosh Hashanah with residents at Signature Healthcare. Residents and visitors enjoyed apples, honey, tea and honey cake while they listened to spirited storyteller Marsha B. Roth. We were delighted with Marsha’s reading …

Ring in the New! Make a Resolution?

2013 is just days away! Will you make a resolution this year? Popular choices for resolutions are to lose weight, exercise more, kick a bad habit, get motivated…you get the idea. Whatever you choose to change, the challenge is to stick with it. However, while the beginning of a new year is a great milestone to start your resolution with, …

Frozen Friday Updates

It’s the very first day of winter, and it is SNOWING out! Just a tiny bit, but it absolutely still counts. Here’s what JFCS has been up to this week: -In addition to snow, our Career Counselor Andrea Brown made us all breakfast burritos this morning-hurrah for friendly coworkers 🙂 -The new camera is in the process of being mastered, …

Fight the Holiday Blues!

If it seems like you’re a bit down this time of year – while everyone else is full of holiday cheer – you’re not alone! Holiday blues are a real thing, and can make the “happiest time of the year” one of the worst.  Those who might be at risk include those who have had a death in the family, those …

Foggy Friday Roundup

It’s been a grey gloomy rainy week here in Louisville, and the first of December. It wasn’t all dreary, though – here’s what we’ve been up to: -Our Family Mitzvah Chanukah Helpers had a great event this last Sunday. Over 60 volunteers came to the event, making it possibly the biggest Family Mitzvah ever! Children and their parents created lots …

Tame the Alzheimer’s Grinch

Today’s blog written by Kim Toebbe, Volunteer Coordinator What is the Alzheimer’s Grinch?  Anyone living with the disease or other dementias can give you several instances wherein Alzheimer’s altered their holidays.  Stress and deviation from routine are sure-fire ways to trigger behaviors in one affected by a memory disorder and as much as we love our holidays, there is usually …