Wellness needs the engagement of the whole person. Today’s seniors are encouraged to exercise all six dimensions of wellness: emotional, intellectual, occupational, physical, spiritual and social. Physical exercise is important, but it’s equally important to stimulate the mind, to manage stress, to find ways to contribute and use one’s abilities, to connect with others, and to keep moving along on the spiritual journey of life.
Jewish Family Service is bringing JFS Ways to Wellness programs into the community, to senior adults where they live and the places they frequent. Many opportunities now exist, and many more are coming soon. Current offerings include:
Conversations on Aging: An informal, guided discussion group that looks at every aspect of the experiences of old age. Conversations on Aging has proven so rewarding that Jewish Family Service is planning to offer the program in additional settings. An ideal venue for Conversations on Aging is a church or synagogue where senior participants share a level of familiarity with each other and mutual spiritual beliefs.
Options Cincinnati: Jewish Family Service has pioneered programs and services in two apartment complexes where large concentrations of senior adults reside. We are seeking to bring wellness programs to other locales in Greater Cincinnati that can be described as a “Naturally Occurring Retirement Community”.
Holocaust Survivors Friendship Club: To the Holocaust survivor community in the Greater Cincinnati area, Jewish Family Service offers a therapeutic socialization group that provides regular opportunities to engage in conversation, share meals, go on outings, and hear speakers.
Collaborative Programs: Jewish Family Service, in partnership with Mayerson JCC, will expand nationally recognized evidence-based programs that have been proven to positively promote senior adult wellness.
Civics and English for Speakers of Other Languages: Jewish Family Service offers English and Civics classes to senior adults who speak Russian and other languages. This supports their learning to function in American society—voting, banking, obtaining health care, using public transportation and more.