Geriatric Case Management and Support

JFCS_0881One-third of all seniors in Naples live alone. Loneliness was cited by 72 percent of Naples Senior Center members as the reason they joined. Naples Senior Center at JFCS established the Geriatric Case Management and Support program to combat loneliness and isolation among area seniors. A litany of professional and volunteer services give seniors the socialization and support they need to thrive.

Naples Senior Center at JFCS understands most home bound seniors in need of long-term care prefer to get help in their own homes. Professional case managers assess each senior’s individual needs to establish a comprehensive care plan with implementation, monitoring, and other available services as needed. 

Volunteers who are engaged, screened and trained to meet with seniors provide friendly in-home visits, companionship, transportation services to and from appointments, and more.

Early Memory Loss Group

Brain Joggers offers an opportunity for individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) or similar circumstances the chance to share practical advice and coping skills, as well as to discuss feelings, concerns and frustrations.  The objective of the program is to stimulate thinking and memory, and to help maintain the physical functioning of the participants.  The program includes discussions that focus on topics such as “right brain vs. left brain”, stress management and real-life concerns that participants are facing.  All activities are designed to provide cognitive challenges at the appropriate levels for the different participants.  Language skills, memory techniques, relaxation techniques, socialization and building self-esteem are areas of concentration.
 
The group meets every Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., including lunch.  The cost is $35 per session, and scholarships are provided for those who are unable to afford the fee.  As with all NCS programs, no one is ever turned away because of inability to pay.
 
To learn more about Brain Joggers, please contact Darlene Holan, LCSW, at dholan@naplesseniorcenter.org or 239-325-4444. 
 
Advance registration is required.
 
 

Music & Memory Program

The Music & Memory program at Naples Senior Center at JFCS helps people reconnect with the world through personalized music and music-triggered memories. The program provides personalized music playlists to seniors who are aging in their own homes. It also provides continual follow-up support from a Naples Senior Center Geriatric Case Manager and volunteers.

Personalized music is an important tool for bringing joy and “quality of life” to people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, cognitive and physical impairments, and those who are bed-bound. Beloved music often calms chaotic brain activity and enables the listener to focus on the present. It also provides relief from boredom. Music is profoundly linked to personal memories and has been shown to improve communication and physical activity.

The program is certified through the nonprofit Music & Memory, as featured in the documentary film “Alive Inside,” the Audience Award winner for Best U.S. Documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. See “Henry’s Story” from the documentary here.

The Music & Memory program is unique in that it is being implemented in the private home rather than in a nursing home setting, providing a much-needed resource and aid to safe aging at home.

Want to help? Naples Senior Center at JFCS needs donations of new and used iPod Shuffles, chargers, music CDs, and iTunes gift cards. To donate, volunteer or inquire how this program can benefit your loved one, contact us at 239-325-4444.

(Kindly send donations made directly through the iTunes store to music@naplesseniorcenter.org)

 

The Geriatric Case Management and Support program offers a wide range of services addressing senior isolation and loneliness:

  • Geriatric case management services
    • Comprehensive geriatric assessment, care plan development, implementation and monitoring
    • In-home assistance
    • Caregiver support
    • Welfare checks
    • Placement assistance
    • Assistance with Medicare/Medicaid
    • In-home emotional health services
  • Volunteer services
    • Information and referral
    • Friendly visits
    • Regular telephone calls
    • Transportation to and from appointments
    • Music & Memory program
    • Socialization opportunities

For more information, please contact Naples Senior Center at JFCS at 239-325-4444 or email info@naplesseniorcenter.org