The Jewish Seniors Alliance is a firm believer in disseminating new information and revisiting/updating already existing knowledge. The Organization is fully aware that learning is a life-long process, and that knowledge is a road that leads to self-actualization. Thus, JSA coordinates and delivers two major Forums each year on topics that are of specific interest to seniors. Each year a different theme is decided on by Jewish Seniors Alliance members and a consortium of community partners.
In order to achieve maximum access the forums are – either free of charge, or a minimal admission of $5 is charged to cover the costs of nutritious refreshments, which are subsidized.
The venue is wheel-chair accessible, located on a major bus-route, and has ample, secure parking.
The intention of the Spring Forum is to provide information and education by presenting subjects that are informative and educational and creating subjects and panels of specialists to present on the topic chosen.
The setting is elegant, thus giving the opportunity for those attending to socialize and make new friends. Various subjects like “Ask the Doctors”, “Sex and the City”, “Brain Smart”, and “All in the Family: Three Generations Speak Out” have been used to bring the attention of the educational content of the presentation as well as to try to attract seniors from 55 PLUS to these forums. As usual those attending the forums are asked to fill out evaluation forms and to suggest ideas for future forums.
One hundred and twenty people arrived at the Peretz Centre on Sunday May 7th to attend the Jewish Seniors Alliance Spring Forum “Ask The Doctors”. Dr. Saul Isserow and Dr. Larry Goldenberg were the featured guests and were ready to answer the many anticipated questions…
Dr Ho, charismatic and confident, said he was turning to mobile apps as a way of helping patients help themselves. In a newly launched project “Health eApps” with the tag line ‘Improve your Health in a Mobile Minute’…
How will you live the rest of your life? Will you wonder what happened? Watch what happened? or Make things happen? Our focus this year is ‘Navigating the Future’ through ‘All ages and All Stages’.
The Fall Symposium usually delves into advocacy matters. Concerns in regards to the welfare of the seniors are the main topics for these symposiums. Subjects like “Representation Agreements”, “Community Forum in Response to Elder Abuse”, “Honour Thy Father And Thy Mother: Negotiating power shifts between aging parents and their adult children”, “Seniors Care in Crisis: Avoiding the revolving door”, “Aging for Dummies: The J’oys and the Veys’”.
The intent is to attract seniors from all communities. Because the Fall Symposia deal with serious subject matter, the environment is of a more formal nature. Theatre seating is used and refreshments are available after the proceedings. The atmosphere is intense and serious. As usual, special attention is given to encouraging the completion of evaluation forms which are given out during the refreshment period.
The Jewish Seniors Alliance Fall Symposium was held on Sunday, October 29th, at the Vancouver Peretz Centre. One hundred and sixty enthusiastic participants came together to hear about and discuss “Preparing for End of Life Transitions”…
On Sunday November 6, 175 people gathered at the Peretz Centre to hear the lecture on “Rethinking Aging–Not the Traditional Nursing Home Grandma Lives In” featuring Dan Levitt with his new approach…
I PROMISE YOU” words often said to bring comfort or hope, to a child, a parent, to someone in need, or to oneself! A crowd of 125 had gathered on Sunday, Nov.15 to learn how to fulfill a promise they had made to live ‘well‘ into one’s later years.