For you, your loved one, and your passion for volunteering.
We strive to keep older adults engaged in the community with social, recreational, and cultural programming infused with Jewish heritage and values. Our support services enable older adults who need assistance to age in a place with dignity and respect.
What our Older Adults Area of Impact can do for our community:
An elderly, homebound woman from Cinnaminson recently called to tell us that she reads every issue of the Jewish Community Voice - from cover to cover - because it helps her feel part of the Jewish world and connects her to her fellow Jews in South Jersey.
Over 900 clients
have been cared for by Aleph Home Care since its inception
4,800 older adults
participated in the JCC's Life Long Learning program over the past year
3,600+ older adults
received assistance from JFCS to help them age in place
A department of the Jewish Federation, providing quality home care services in the South Jersey region - from transportation to errands, to personal and live-in care.
A safe, affordable, and quality housing option and compassionate healthcare for older adults. This includes Lions Gate, a Continuing Care Retirement Community, which also offers a complete healthcare continuum.
A safe and nurturing environment for those in later stages of Alzheimer's disease or dementia, who require skilled nursing support. Lions Gate offers a secure Memory Care residence within the Health Center. NOTE: Anyone can be admitted to Lions Gate's Memory Care community, no buy-in fee required.
The Weinberg Commons is our new affordable housing community for older adults (55+) and adults with special needs in Cherry Hill, NJ. This 80-unit development features 72 one-bedroom and 8 two-bedroom apartment homes. Sixteen (16) apartments are designated for adults with special needs in the form of congregate cottages. (Applicants for special needs housing do not need to meet the 55+ age requirement).
From current events discussions to creative craft projects, from Wii bowling, cards, and games, to monthly Cafe Connection for individuals with memory challenges and their care partners, there are always free weekly reactional classes.
Exercise the mind and body in free wellness classes like meditation, table tennis, arm chair aerobics, and arm chair yoga & movement to help with balance and movement.
A diverse selection of over 30 courses offered each semester to ensure there is something for everyone to continue their adult education.
A variety of uplifting holiday celebrations includes a weekly Shabbat observance, Chanukah, Purim, and Passover.
To help meet the challenges and needs of our Veteran population in Southern New Jersey, the Jewish Family & Children's Service created the Veterans Assistance Program, which is designed help Veterans receive the care and consideration they deserve, including transportation, benefits counseling, and referrals.
Healthy kosher meals sealed in microwaveable containers are available for pick-up or delivery.
Volunteer drivers are available to assist older adults with getting to and from doctor appointments, therapies, and wellness appointments.
Offering support and socialization for Survivors of the Holocaust, with monthly luncheon meetings, and other social and cultural activities, as well as Holocaust Survivor benefits assistance.
Services are offered to individuals who are facing emotional challenges from life events or due to a psychological disorder for an array of issues, including grief.
Café Connection, provides individuals with memory challenges, and their care partners, meaningful, interactive cultural experiences, in a café style setting. The objective is to create a safe, welcoming, non-judgmental environment for community members to socialize and to learn about local resources. In so doing, participants reduce the sense of isolation, loneliness, stigma, and emptiness which often accompanies those dealing with cognitive changes.
Leah brings her husband, Daniel, who has memory challenges, to Café Connection. When she tells him that they are coming to the program, Daniel always says “I really like that place.” They enjoy the socialization, the creative activity and the food. They stay for the congregate lunch in the JCC and make a day of it with the movement and motivation class that follows.
Café Connection reduces the sense of isolation, loneliness, stigma, and emptiness that many with memory challenges - and their care partners - feel when dealing with cognitive changes.
Older Adults programming is available through The Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey and these select agencies:
Make a difference in someone's life by volunteering. Learn more at jewishsouthjersey.org/volunteer.