This periodic newsletter provides information about resources that our Greater MetroWest Jewish community offers to older adults and to those who care about them. In this Fall 2019 issue, we feature programs designed specifically for younger seniors. (Previous editions have focused on how the CARES partners provide memory care, arts programs for seniors, support for caregivers and exercise programs for seniors.)
Greater MetroWest CARES is the department of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ that is charged with addressing the broad range of needs and interests of our community’s older adults. As is well known, our community is aging and the very existence of CARES indicates that Federation endorses practical ways to fulfill the mitzvah to honor parents and the elderly.
CARES acts as Federation’s point of contact with the community for all things senior-related and as an advocate for seniors and those who care about them. By staying attuned to current trends and community needs, CARES also helps to inform Federation’s planning process. CARES’s effectiveness is derived in large measure from its structure as a collaborative network of professionals and lay leaders from 11 Federation partners that serve older adults.
Visit www.jfedgmw.org/cares for more information about CARES and a complete list and descriptions of the agencies in our Greater MetroWest community. For further information about any of the agencies, you may contact them directly.
The term “younger older adults” may sound funny or oxymoronic, but it makes clear that families in our community now often include older adults of two generations. Given increasing life spans, a family may include a 65-year-old child of a 90-year-old parent (along with a 35-year-old and a five-year-old!).
The CARES partners are aware that the interests and needs of the younger cohort of older adults may be different from those of their parents’ generation. Increasingly, the CARES partners are planning programs designed with these interests and needs in mind. Here is information about some of these programs:
JCC of Central New Jersey, located in Scotch Plains, recognizes that many younger seniors prefer programs presented in a short series and is, therefore, launching Sparking the Mind on Tuesdays from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.:
In addition to these three series, the JCC CNJ is offering many other high-level programing that will appeal to younger seniors. For example, on September 25, to get in the spirit of the High Holidays, award-winning folk singer Laura Wetzler will present Hold on! Songs of Resistance, Hope and Love. Other highlights include: Celebrating the New York Yankees with Paul White on October 16; Let’s Swing! A Celebration of Jazz with Lauren Scales and Scott Chapman on November 11; and a Julia Child impersonation on November 18.
On November 8 (during the Teachers’ Convention long weekend), a trip to the Jewish Heritage Museum to see the exhibit Not Long Ago, Not Far Away will be open to older adults with or without their children and grandchildren. This trip, which may be an intergenerational experience, is an opportunity to visit the groundbreaking exhibit on Auschwitz with a docent.
For further information, visit the fall program guide on the JCC CNJ’s website (www.jccnj.org) or contact Alison Rivlin at (908) 889-8800 x260 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
JESPY House, located in South Orange, serves adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities ranging in age from 18 to 70. One program of particular interest to younger older adults is the recently formed JESPY Entrepreneurs group through which JESPY clients have been making and selling baby gifts, shower items, and centerpieces with a particular focus on beautifully decorative, one-of-a-kind diaper cakes and diaper cupcakes. JESPY Entrepreneurs encourages independence, camaraderie, and teamwork. Clients enjoy choosing themes and discussing design options for the one, two or three-tiered cakes or cupcakes.
Being part of JESPY Entrepreneurs is also a great way for clients who do not have another type of paid employment to earn an income. They are able to engage in setting up and running a small business as they develop and creating merchandise; fulfill orders; handle pricing, sales, shipping, and stocking; and learn marketing techniques).
For further information visit www.jespyhouse.org, send an email to email@example.com, or call (973) 762-6909.
Our Federation's Engagement Department is launching VolunTEAMS, groups of individuals who will collectively offer regular and ongoing hands-on assistance to agencies throughout Greater MetroWest. While this program is not specifically intended for adults of any particular age, this is a great opportunity for “younger older adults” to get involved with hands-on service. Flexible scheduling will accommodate individuals’ availability and possible volunteer activities may include:
For further information contact Lindsay Norman at firstname.lastname@example.org or (973) 929-2948.
Greater MetroWest CARES is chaired by Amy Ganz Sadeghi.
For more information about CARES, contact CARES Coordinator Marian Marlowe at email@example.com or (973) 929-3051.