|Dr. Steve Solomon, JSSC Chair|
- Conversations that need to happen to prepare for aging with dignity
- Basics about hospice and navigating health care
- Civic engagement and options for seniors staying involved
- The latest technology to help seniors age in place
- The changing demography of family caregiving, and the new landscape of intergenerational care relationships.
Dr. Solomon also shared some alarming statistics:
- The number of Americans age 65 and older is expected to more than double by 2030 from 40 million today.
- In the American Jewish community, it is estimated that 25% of us will be 65 and older by 2030.
- Today, in this population, 33% of older adults live alone, a percentage that increases to nearly 40% for the “oldest old” (those who are more than 75 years old).
- 95% of seniors prefer to live at home as long as they can.
|Discussing critical issues regarding seniors|
As Chair of the Jewish Senior Services Council, I believe that we are obligated to do a better job of caring for our Jewish elders and meeting our mandate of Tikkun olam, repairing the world. Many of you are doing outstanding work in your respective areas of expertise and/or in caring for a loved one. By working collaboratively I am certain that we can make a greater, lasting difference”
|Paul Downey, President/CEO of Senior Community Centers|
A lively panel discussion ensued which lead to conversation between attendees and speakers on concerns, feelings and hopes for the future. The speaker list and program can be found below.
|Panel Speakers and Presenters|
About the Jewish Senior Services Council
The Jewish Senior Services Council (JSSC) was established to improve the quality of life for senior Jewish adults in San Diego County through community planning, collaboration, coordinated service provision and advocacy. JSSC was first convened in 2004 following the community strategic planning process, which identified caring for the Jewish elderly as a top priority.
Comprised of both volunteer and professional leaders, the JSSC is dedicated to helping the San Diego Jewish community determine, and work towards fulfilling, the priority needs of seniors. JSSC strives to help maximize the effectiveness, efficiency and impact of current senior services. The Council also seeks to assist our community to stay current with best practices, to engage the best minds in the field in order to develop a vision for a thriving senior Jewish community, and support innovative efforts to achieve this long-term vision.
JSSC is an integral part of Federation’s Community Planning & Innovation Center, and seeks to serve as a community voice for supporting senior services in San Diego County. Partner organizations on the Council include, Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego, Jewish Family Service of San Diego, Jewish Federation of San Diego County, Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Lightbridge Ohr Ami Hospice, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, San Diego Rabbinical Association, Seacrest Village Retirement Homes, Senior Community Centers, St. Paul’s Senior Homes & Services and others.