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Syracuse Jewish Family Service at Menorah Park

Hodes Way, 4101 East Genesee St., Syracuse, NY 13214

Telephone: 315-446-9111   Fax: 315-446-1537    Email: info@sjfs.org

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**Coming on January 23, 2017**

First in the Region: Syracuse Jewish Family Service Launches M-Power U., A Learning Community for Early Memory Loss

Syracuse Jewish Family Service at Menorah Park is launching a new program unique to the Central New York region: A social program geared expressly to individuals experiencing mild symptoms of memory problems or diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment or early stage dementia.  M-Power U., A Learning Community for Early Memory Loss, made possible with seed funding from the national Brookdale Foundation, is a unique program to Central New York seeking to empower people to take charge of their emotional, cognitive, and physical health towards achieving overall wellness.

Through a stimulating, fun, and comfortable environment, state-of-the-art programming will address the following topics through education and practice:

  • Memory and Cognitive training: Effective memory strategies and cognitive exercises to maintain, improve, or compensate for affected skills
  • Coping strategies:  Relaxation, stress reduction, and resilience training
  • Lifestyle Choices: The role of diet, physical exercise, socialization, and stress reduction on memory ability and how to make simple lifestyle changes to create a more brain healthy lifestyle
  • Physical Exercise: Tai Chi, Chi Kung, and other exercises that have potential to impact brain health

Earlier intervention means better quality of life through adoption of a brain healthy lifestyle, increased knowledge of coping skills and stress management techniques, creation of a stronger support network, improved mood and self-confidence, and meaningful involvement in the community, according to Judith Huober, SJFS executive director.

"This program offers a fun and appealing way for individuals who are starting to experience some changes in their cognitive abilities to counteract the common tendency to retreat. MPU's goal is to help people replace a sense of fear and shame with a proactive approach to maintaining brain health and wellbeing," she said.

To learn more about becoming a participant or volunteer, please contact Ellen Somers, SJFS Assistant Director, at 315-446-9111, ext. 225, or via email at SomersE@sjfs.orgPlease note that a screening interview and an intake assessment with the individual and his/her care partner are required to enroll in the program.

MPU will be offered at Menorah Park every Monday from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM beginning on January 23. The program will initially accept 15 participants and if there is sufficient demand, a second weekly session will be added.

MPU's daily fee is $45, and includes lunch and a snack. For those demonstrating financial need, a reduced rate of $25 is possible. The cost of most excursions will be included but special excursions might incur additional fees.


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Our Mission

Syracuse Jewish Family Service (SJFS) is a not for profit human service agency that is dedicated to helping individuals and families in the Jewish and general communities maximize their self-determination, realize their potential and live with dignity.  Since its incorporation in 1939, SJFS has been guided by the Jewish values of family, community, diversity, respect and autonomy.   The agency promotes these values by identifying community needs, establishing priorities and implementing programs that seek to preserve and strengthen individual and family well-being.  With emphasis on issues relating to aging, SJFS provides human services on site and in community-based locations which include counseling and psychotherapy, CNY PEARLS, Kosher Meals on Wheels, advocacy, psychosocial education, geriatric care management, financial case management and assistance with personal finances, transportation and errand services, volunteer coordination, the BeWell Initiative: Behavioral and Emotional Wellness Empowers Later Life, and the Tachlis of Inclusion and other exceptional needs programming. SJFS is supported by the United Way, the Jewish Federation of CNY, the Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth, the Reisman Foundation, and many others.

Our Staff and How to Contact Us

Administration Extension
Judith Huober Director 236 HuoberJ@sjfs.org
Ellen Somers, LMHC Assistant Director 225 SomersE@sjfs.org
Peggy Miller, LMSW Internship Coordinator 234 MillerP@sjfs.org
Kristina Vanderwerf Business Manager 196 KVanderwerf@menorahparkofcny.com
General Information 234
Care Management
Evelyn Kinsey, MSW Solutions Care Manager 230 KinseyE@sjfs.org
Tessa Wood, LMSW Solutions Care Manager 231 WoodT@sjfs.org
Rob Hoston E.I.S.E.P. Case Manager 229 HostonR@sjfs.org
Kristoff Jaeck E.I.S.E.P. Case Manager 226 JaeckK@sjfs.org
Danielle Schneider E.I.S.E.P. Case Manager 233 SchneiderD@sjfs.org
Deborah Ellis Kosher Meals on Wheels Coordinator 256 EllisD@sjfs.org
Community Mental Health, BeWell Initiative
David Donaghy LCSWR Intake Coordinator/Social Worker 227 DonaghyD@sjfs.org
Bertha Jacobs, LCSWR Social Worker 227 JacobsB@sjfs.org
Rosalie Young, LCSWR Social Worker 237 YoungR@sjfs.org
Peggy Miller, LMSW BeWell Initiative Coordinator 234 MillerP@sjfs.org
Larry Crinnin BeWell Program Associate CrinninL@sjfs.org
Gina Davis BeWell Program Associate, M-Power U. 234 DavisG@sjfs.org
Ginai Prosper Clinical Intern 228 ProsperG@sjfs.org
Marcin Zak Clinical Intern 228 ZakM@sjfs.org
Rebekah Sons Clinical Intern 228 SonsR@sjfs.org
Yu-Syuan Liang Clinical Intern 228 LiangY@sjfs.org
Call for Transportation and/or Medical Appointment Companion/Advocacy 234
Volunteers, Education and Outreach, Exceptional Needs
Deborah Ellis Education, Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator 256 EllisD@sjfs.org