Jennifer L. Curry, MPH named Information & Referral Concierge/Manager
ATLANTA (November 2019) – Jewish Atlanta announces AgeWell Atlanta, a new collaborative partnership among: Jewish Family & Career Services (JF&CS) Atlanta, Jewish HomeLife (JHL), the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA), and Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta (Federation).
Modeled after AgeWell Pittsburg, AgeWell Atlanta serves as a platform for providing a collaborative, coordinated system of care for older adults. AgeWell Atlanta serves all people regardless of their faith, race, or nationality and provides a centralized point of entry for older adults and their families to locate resources provided across the service organizations.
“This unprecedented collaboration will allow AgeWell Atlanta to carry out our mission to enable older adults in our community to age well through improved independence, quality of life, and social connection,” said Eric Robbins, CEO, Federation. “AgeWell Atlanta supports our vision of helping Jewish Atlanta thrive, particularly in rising up higher for those in need as we co-create and partner in programs and services that lift up human beings.”
Atlanta is home to one of the fastest growing senior communities in the country. Most older adults prefer to stay in their own homes as they age, which increases the need for a coordinated system of care. A grant from Federation is enabling AgeWell Atlanta to respond by creating a centralized concierge, through which older adults and caregivers can access a coordinated continuum of services supporting maximum wellness, wherever they reside.
Jennifer L. Curry, MPH was recently named Information & Referral Concierge/Manager for AgeWell Atlanta and will serve as a single-entry point to provide guidance, information and warm hand-off referrals to the service agencies. AgeWell Atlanta connects older adults and caregivers to coordinated programs and services ranging from social support and wellness, to housing, homecare, transportation, and medical services.
“The options for older adults can be overwhelming and confusing,” says Curry, who has more than a decade of experience helping older adults navigate resources, including work with the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Area Agency on Aging and Aging and Disability Resource Connection. “These three agencies provide a depth of experience and offerings, which allows AgeWell Atlanta to connect older adults with the many services they may need along the care continuum.”
Federation serves as a community incubator and amplifier that creates and nurtures partnerships to enable projects, such as AgeWell Atlanta, to move forward in a bigger way to best serve the community.
The three AgeWell Atlanta partner agencies providing services and support for older adults and their families include:
Aviv Older Adult Services of JF&CS, facilitates access to and provides person-centered supportive services to optimize and encourage independence and overall well-being for aging individuals while also helping them and their families navigate life transitions and changing circumstances. “AgeWell Atlanta offers our community a united and collaborative approach to serving those we love and care for. Working together to leverage the strengths of each agency, we wrap our arms around our senior community so that no one and nothing is left behind.” – Terri Bonoff, CEO, JF&CS Atlanta.
Jewish HomeLife’s network of residential communities and at-home care services support every stage of the aging journey, from long term care, independent and assisted living to rehab, clinic, home care and hospice. “Jewish HomeLife provides the care and peace of mind for older adults and their families to have as high a quality of life possible for as long as possible. AgeWell Atlanta’s collective impact will make access to these services easier for the community, which will have a positive impact on the way people age.” – Harley Tabak, President & CEO, Jewish HomeLife
MJCCA offers opportunities for active, mature adults to live a rich, full life through their vast array of recreational activities, personal enrichment classes, health and fitness programs, Jewish learning, and scheduled trips to some of Atlanta’s culturally rich destinations. “At the MJCCA, active mature adults find many opportunities to make each day rich and fulfilling, through recreational activities, Jewish education classes, health and fitness programs, day trips, and more. Last year more than 3,500 seniors stayed active and found meaningful ways to connect with the Jewish community and socialize with peers.” – Jared Powers, CEO, MJCCA
The AgeWell Atlanta hotline 1-866-AGEWELL (1-866-243-9355) provides callers with free, detailed recommendations and a warm handoff to resources provided by the agency partners and other trusted organizations, based on the unique needs of each caller. For more information, visit www.agewellatl.org.
About Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta cares for, connects, and strengthens the Jewish community throughout greater Atlanta, Israel and the world. From PJ Library, senior services and inclusion support, to financial, health and well-being services, Federation creates a thriving, caring and connected 21st Century Jewish Atlanta where every Jew and their loved ones can access warm Jewish community, timeless Jewish wisdom, global Jewish peoplehood and Jewish ways to do good in the world.