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How do you snack? It’s easy to grab one of those pre-packaged, salty or sugary treats when you’re in a hurry during the work week. Try prepping your snacks (or even meals!) on the weekends or at least the night before. Make your own “go-packs” with raw almonds, fresh fruit, or chopped veggies for easy and healthy snacking!

From snacking well to living well, JFS Orlando has a FAMILY of services available with your wellness in mind. Learn more at JFSorlando.org or call (407) 644-7593.

Does Independent Living Offer True Independence?

What is independent living? Simply put, it is a housing arrangement for adults ages 55 and over. Generally, independent living communities are better for older adults because they are more compact, easier to navigate with fewer or no stairs, and no maintenance or yard work is required of residents.

Most communities offer amenities and activities like recreation centers, clubhouses, hobby classes, holiday celebrations, social gatherings, and more. Different communities enjoy various facilities such as swimming pools, fitness centers, tennis courts, beauty or barber salons, and onsite spas. You’ll find a variety of services from daily meals to housekeeping to laundry. In choosing an independent living community, you can select one that best fits your lifestyle and interests.

Because independent living is designed for older adults who need little to no assistance with the activities of daily living, most communities do not offer medical care or nursing staff. You can, however, hire in-home help separately as needed. Seniors may become increasingly dependent on family and outside help for routine activities. Employing a familiar, caring, well-trained helper when needed can help seniors feel more independent.

While most seniors face major adjustments when transitioning to an elder-care community, Jewish seniors face additional challenges. Not only do they lose their homes, and many of their friends, but they also lose ties to their cultural heritage. This is where the Jewish Pavilion, a 501c3 non-profit, steps in. The Pavilion serves as a resource that provides room visits, festive holiday celebrations, and more to 450 Jewish residents across 50 senior facilities. The Jewish Pavilion promotes inclusion, and thousands of seniors of all faiths are welcomed into our programs.

The Orlando Senior Help Desk (407-678-9363) helps thousands of callers navigate their way through the daunting senior maze, alleviating caregiver stress while giving advice on all types of elder issues.