Regularly-occurring support groups are available and can be attended at various locations both within the JFCS office, and outside in the community.
A group is held for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s or dementia, and takes place the third Tuesday of the month at Arden Courts in Cherry Hill. Respite care is provided. Please call JFCS with any questions or to register.
A general family caregiver support group, sponsored by Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice, helps with coping skills, dealing with emotions and feelings, and offers an opportunity to discover information on local supportive services.
Two different bereavement groups are offered. The widow/widowers is for those more recently bereaved, which helps to address practical decisions, and rebuilding life without a partner. Encore! A Social / Discussion Group helps widows and widowers who have lost a life partner more than two years ago, and is sponsored by Timothy Rice Estate and Elder Law (TREEL).
Seeing it Through Together, a low vision educational and support group, is for anyone with macular degeneration or other eye diseases.
Cafe’ Connection – A Memory Cafe’ is for those with memory challenges and their care partners, where all can enjoy coffee, conversation and a creative project together. This is in collaboration with the Katz Jewish Community Center (JCC) and Jewish Senior Housing and Healthcare Service. Grant funding is provided by the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey and the Jewish Community Foundation, Inc. (JCF).
MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING
Those 60+ can take advantage of individualized counseling services provided by our licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs) both in our local office and in private homes, if needed. Sessions are fully or partially covered by Medicare and secondary insurance based upon need to assist with skill development to feel less alone and gain skills to utilize positive coping techniques. JFCS can provide these sessions to address needs around anxiety, bereavement, depression, relationship difficulties, stress management, and traumatic experiences. If you or someone you know could benefit from this service, please contact us to learn about coverage and availability.
INDIVIDUAL CAREGIVER COUNSELING
Compassionate and personal one-on-one counseling by a Masters level social worker is offered to help individuals who are the caregivers for others.