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Our most recent cohort of the JFS Personal Care Aide (PCA) School graduated two students on August 30th. Friends and family of the graduates, as well as JFS staff, gathered to honor their accomplishment. The JFS PCA School is two weeks and over 40 hours of curriculum and skills acquisition on how to effectively perform […]READ MORE
Over the past decade mental illness has become less stigmatized and now most of us know at least one person who has struggled with a mental illness. For some time, epidemiologists have known that at any given point roughly 20 to 25 percent of the population suffers from a mental disorder. A recent long-term study […]READ MORE
A 2011 study by Dr. Lisa Fredman, a Boston University epidemiologist, found the gains in caregiving. Recent studies have shown that caregivers proved stronger on cognitive and physical tests. Dr. Fredman disputes the assumption that all caregivers experience a burden in their caregiving through her “healthy caregiving hypothesis”. Her studies provide some evidence that caregivers, […]READ MORE
According to a survey by The Conversation Project, a Boston-based public education campaign to get people talking about end-of-life care, about 9 in 10 Americans want to discuss end-of-life care with their loved ones’, but roughly 3 in 10 Americans have actually done so. Learning how to start a conversation is hard and there is […]READ MORE
Building resilience is an important thing to teach early in life, and it is just as important to practice midlife. Scientists who study stress and resilience say it’s important to think of resilience as an emotional muscle that can be strengthened at any time. Dr. Dennis Charney, co-author of the book “Resilience: The Science of […]READ MORE
A Stubborn, Persistent Stigma Surround Depression, Creating Barriers to Care Depression is a devastating mental illness that can affect someone at any stage of life. A recent article by Jo Anne Sirey highlights the continued stigma that surrounds depression as a major barrier to seeking treatment. Sirey states, “Once depression is detected, older adults face […]READ MORE