Health and Wellness

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Depression Is More Than a Downer: Seniors At Home Helps Clients Combat It

“While family and caregivers are usually quick to address physical issues that seniors may be experiencing, such as arthritis, heart disease, or osteoporosis, there are many times when their psychosocial well-being is overlooked,” says Traci Dobronravova, MSW, Associate Director of Seniors At Home. “Loneliness and depression are chief among the most serious conditions they face.”

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When “Doing unto Others” Strikes Home

When Myra retired, she “decompressed” for a year, as she put it. “Then I called JFCS and said, ‘I want to volunteer.’” Soon after, Myra became a Seniors At Home RIDES driver—shuttling older people to and from appointments—and a friendly visitor to those hungering for companionship and conversation. “Those experiences were quite meaningful,” Myra says.

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Do I Need Homecare? One Client’s Honest Self-Appraisal

Because of arthritis, you’re having trouble walking down the stairs by yourself or lacing up your shoes. Perhaps you can’t make out the fine print on prescription labels—even with your reading glasses. After years of doing things on your own, it might be hard for you to acknowledge that you need a little help. But

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JFCS Offers Bay Area’s Most Comprehensive Care

Every week when Jonah called his 86-year-old mother, she talked about her physical discomfort and sadness. He realized that she was alone and needed more than his cross-country phone calls and quarterly visits. “My mother used to be a vital professional with many interests,” Jonah said. “I was alarmed that she’d become so hobbled by

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