Aging services emerge as a community priority

In keeping with a promise to provide updates on its strategic planning process, Jewish Family Service is continuing to share highlights from a survey about community needs. Through input from more than 300 people, Jewish Cincinnati made it clear that aging services are a top priority.

“Finding information, services and care to help people as they grow older can be incredibly challenging,” said Jewish Family Service CEO Liz Vogel. “When the complexities of health insurance are factored in, it becomes even more difficult. This issue transcends education and financial means to impact nearly everyone.”

As JFS drafts its strategic plan, it’s considering the effect of a societal shift underway. By 2030, 20% of Americans will be retirement age, and older Americans will outnumber children. In the Jewish community, more people will be caring for aging loved ones who wish to age in place rather than move to senior campuses.

“Social isolation is quickly emerging as a significant health problem,” said Ann Sutton Burke who leads the Aging Services team at Jewish Family Service. “According to AARP it has the health impact of smoking 15 cigarettes a day.”

Burke’s team is investigating solutions to address this growing concern.

Jewish Family Service also is considering how services at the Family Vital Support Center may evolve in coming years. Forty-five percent of Baby Boomers have no retirement savings, according to a study by the Insured Retirement Institute. 

Jewish Family Service already offers programs and services for older adults and their adult children who provide care.

• StarPoint Home Care’s personal caregivers help with activities of daily living, keeping people aging at home more secure and independent.

• CareLink Care Management offers concierge support with navigating the challenges of aging in place.

• Caregiver Services help caregivers balance their lives while assisting loved ones. 

• The Center for Holocaust Survivors provides Survivors with care management, home visits, restitution assistance, counseling and referrals, social therapeutic activities, free hearing tests, and safety/adaptive equipment.

Jewish Family Service also operates AgeWell Cincinnati.

“Balancing our service mix to address the community’s highest priorities is a key component of our strategic plan,” said Jewish Family Service Board Chair Dan Rapp. “It’s the highest form of stewardship to direct our resources toward the most pressing needs in Jewish Cincinnati.”

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