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Navigating the Aging Journey:
Raisa and Yakov are survivors of the Holocaust in Belarus. In 2014, mounting medical and dental costs began to be too much for them, and they turned to the JFS Care Management team for help. Thanks to the support of the community, JFS connected Raisa and Yakov with Sarah Chao, a JFS Russian-speaking care manager to discuss their needs in their native language. This situation allowed Raisa and Yakov to make informed choices about their own care with confidence.
Since then, the couple has received emergency assistance for survivors and dental services. Chao was able to get an emergency grant for hearing aids for them and ongoing monthly access to healthy food in the JFS Pantry. And when Yakov was in the hospital for an extended stay, Raisa asked JFS to help her channel her anxiety into something more productive—baking!
“It has been so rewarding to work with Raisa and Yakov,” Chao said. “We have worked together to identify goals, reduce barriers, and achieve great outcomes. It is a wonderful feeling to connect our clients with the resources they can benefit from — No one should have to navigate the aging journey alone.”
Raisa and Yakov reflect the hundreds of people JFS helps every day. Whether it’s shopping in the food pantry, receiving counseling, participating in Older Adult Services to remain independent or parent education, JFS is there for you.
Facing a Crisis:
Elizabeth has always been an active person. As a professor and community activist, a master gardener and author—Elizabeth was living independently and always on the go. Two years ago, Elizabeth lost her vision. Life was tough and she became increasingly anxious about navigating the world around her. That’s when Elizabeth first reached out to JFS for help.
Working with Sarah Albin, a member of JFS’ Older Adult Care Management team, safety modifications were made to Elizabeth’s home through the Help@Home program, allowing her to stay in the comfort of her own home. Elizabeth signed up for membership in JET Express, an older adult transportation program with volunteer drivers that take clients to appointments and other places. Elizabeth was able to live independently with this the help that JFS Volunteers were able to provide.
“Working as a team, JFS brought Elizabeth meaningful Medicare counseling, in-home therapy, care management, and transportation services,” Albin said. “Her gratitude for our services was rewarding, inspiring us to champion our clients’ strengths while guiding her to make positive changes for her future.”
When traumatic events surface for people like Elizabeth, initiating their anxiety, JFS and our cadre of volunteers are there to lend a helping hand to get them through those challenges.