Posted by Judy Engibous

Hands in a circleAlthough I deal with spreadsheets rather than clients, working at JF&CS has made me a valuable resource to family and friends. I’ve been to a seminar on Alzheimer’s that gave me information on dealing with one of my family members. When a friend mentioned that her mother “falls a lot” and seemed to take this too casually, I told her how serious falls can be for the elderly and sent her an article I received from the director of JF&CS Senior Services. When another friend in her 60s fell and broke her ankle on the staircase in her duplex, I forwarded a Boston Globe article from the director of our Geriatric Institute. Fortunately, my friend was already implementing some of what she learned from the article.

I’ve educated people about the challenges facing Holocaust survivors as they age; explained the term “food insecurity”; stressed to a domestic violence survivor that the abuse was not her fault; connected someone at my church with our Parkinson’s program, for which he’s been thanking me ever since; told someone I met at a bus stop about our Center for Family Assistance, which provided emergency funds to help her move; and referred someone to our Disabilities program for her son. I appreciate both my dedicated coworkers and being able to integrate various parts of my life.

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