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Community as Family

Having caring family nearby can be an invaluable practical
and emotional support for older people, especially those living alone.

Photo: Katarzyna Białasiewicz / 123RF

When we have family, there’s always someone who can be called in an emergency, entrusted with keys and mail, who knows where important documents are located, is aware if there is a medical condition that needs to be addressed quickly, or who can help make important decisions about the future.

But for those who do not have adult children or other family, it’s important for them to start making plans to anticipate such needs. Organized by our Emanu-El Cares group, Community as Family is a program where the “un-familied” can meet in a casual, confidential place to discuss these issues with others who have similar concerns. Together we discuss alternative solutions, develop skills to advocate on our own behalf, and explore ways to create a trusted family dynamic from an extended community of neighbors, friends, professionals and others.

The international media has been paying increasing attention to the challenges faced by the growing demographic of the older un-familied, and many of the topics to be discussed at Community as Family are inspired by recent articles and blogs, including housing, caregiving, finance, technology and social issues.

Community as Family will meet on Mondays from 6 PM to 8 PM
on October 31, November 21, December 19, 2016;
January 23, February 27, March 27, April 24 and May 22, 2017.

View our list of discussion topics »

Light refreshments will be served, and there are no commercial endorsements.
RSVP to CommunityasFamily@emanuelnyc.org or (212) 507-9603.

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