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Amy Schectman's blog post is shared nationally

Posted: March 20, 2012

Every Monday morning, Don Shulman, Executive Director of Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS) sends an email out to its membership throughout the country, highlighting the work of one member organization. This week, JCHE was selected with a reference to Amy's post on Insights from Onsite that featured the impressive work of our resident services coordinators. Take a look at Don's message here:

Good morning Colleagues: It feels good to be in sunny Florida and meet so many of you as well as renew some wonderful friendships.

This morning I wanted to highlight the great work of Amy Schectman at Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly in Brighton, Mass. Amy scripted a lovely testimony to her Resident Services Coordinators. Truly a special position and one that emulates her Mission as well as the Mission of our Association.

Too often our elders enter our communities and English is not their primary language. This will only increase as times go on and as boomers turn 65 at rate of 10,000 a day. Amy and her team are prepared for the challenge. Too often our parents are scared or confused by junk mail that looks real and by letters from scam artists demanding payment for something. It is hard enough to separate the real from the fakes ones at our age, let alone someone 78+ years old who may or may not have a masterful command of English.  Insurance statements can arrive almost daily and as they mount up people are sometimes embarrassed that they do not understand what to do with them. Amy and her team of 4 Coordinators speak a total of 12 languages.  This multi-lingual presence becomes a critical success factor for them in fulfilling their mission. Helping people go through their US mail and determine what needs to be kept and what can be tossed is only a single detail in the equation of success. It is certainly only one example of how Amy and her community look to improve the quality of life everyday! Amy and her staff successfully serve a population of 1300 people, and whether they see their people once a month or twice a day, they allow our aging elders to maintain their independence and well being.

Congratulations and thank you to all.

PS in my brief tenure I have enjoyed Amy’s blog “Insights from Onsite”.


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