Hineinu: Aging

Temple Rodef Shalom is a sacred community, of and for all ages of people. Many of our members have reached old age, or may soon reach it, or may have parents in those categories. In 2011, the 50th anniversary of our congregation, we noted that a substantial number of out members were in the 50 years and older category.

This reality and the related health and care concerns that our members may have for themselves and for their families as they try to stay in their homes, make other living arrangements, or care for a family member means that we as temple members must work together to understand these needs and how best to support our extended family.

The TRS Team

In response to the growing awareness of these needs in our congregation, Hineinu—Standing Together has started a Temple-wide effort to organize members for joint deliberation and action.

The priorities concerned members have identified are:

  • Creating and participating in programming on issues of aging, caring for our aging, strategies for aging in place
  • Establishing a support group for ongoing discussions among concerned members on issues of aging
  • Building a web resource for readily accessible information on handling a range of aging issues
  • Advocating for services to address the needs of the TRS congregation and surrounding community

This web page provides ready access to general but rich resources on the myriad issues and concerns surrounding aging, especially relating to the care of aging family members.  Please consider it a work in progress.  We welcome your suggestions of resources to add and topics to cover.  We very much welcome your participation in our regular planning meetings and in upcoming programs.

Web Resources

Guide to Retirement Living Sourcebook: covers a wide range of topics for families, seniors, and caregivers, including home care, aging in place, decision making, health, money and legal, moving and downsizing.

Jewish Council on Aging: offers programs to help seniors thrive throughout the Greater Washington, D.C., metro area, including information about aging-related issues, access to local resources, and links to senior-related services.

Jewish Social Services Agency: provides a wide range of nonsectarian services that includes promoting and facilitating a positive, healthy aging process and providing services to help seniors remain active and maintain independence.

Aging Life Care Association: you don’t have to be a member, there are resources for non-members.

Union of Reform Judaism: blog posts addressing issues of older congregations

Alzheimer’s Association/ National Capital Area Chapter: half a million people in this region impacted by Alzheimer’s and related disorders; the chapter offers counseling, information, and education for families and caregivers, support groups, and more.

Senior Navigator: articles and links for Virginia’s seniors and caregivers.

AARP: lots of great resources on aging

National Council on Aging: another site with lots of great resources on aging

The Beacon Newspapers: a family-owned business providing well-written, useful information of interest to people 50 and over and their families in the DC-Baltimore area. Each year, in partnership with Montgomery County, MD, they print and distribute free of charge 50,000 copies of a comprehensive directory called the Montgomery County Seniors’ Resource Guide.

Temple Rodef Shalom Yahoo Groups: enables our members to reach out to other members with questions, concerns and information.

ElderLink: created out of an unusual public-private partnership among Inova Health System, the Fairfax Area Agency on Aging, and the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern Virginia. An array of resources, programs and services, combined with a well-trained staff of skilled geriatrics specialists to address the specific needs of caregivers and clients alike.

Fairfax County’s portal for services for older adults.

Senior Advisor: allows users to locate senior housing and communities with several sorting options such as distance and ratings. Users may view reviews (and provide review too) of senior housing communities.

Money Saving Tips for Seniors

Other resources to come.  Please recommend those you find helpful.