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A Video to Warm the Heart
This moving video was screened at the annual event of the Friends of Yad Sarah in London and illustrates more than 40 years of activity - for the benefit of all Israelis. * In the video, veteran volunteer Vivian London speaks about her long association with Yad Sarah and the help that was there for her when she needed it * Photography and Editing: Simon Maurer * Research and Production: Benny Cohen, Public Relations
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How can we prepare ourselves and our environment for the onset of the colder, wetter weather of an Israeli winter? With a rush of enthusiasm, Shani Rosenfeld, director of the Exhibition and Guidance Center at Yad Sarah, spoke to volunteer Shelly Wolf about how to prepare our living spaces for the winter ahead.

The cold months are a time when we normally spend more time indoors and we need to actively look at our homes and plan for our own comfort and safety. Once in place, these can become permanent improvements. First and foremost is the focus on physical safety. Shani emphasizes the need to examine and secure our physical space. Let this be the season, she advises, that we update the lighting in our homes. Make sure we’ve thought of things like a bedside lamp. Is there a light we can access so that we can get to the bathroom without stumbling? Are we able to find our slippers or robe without tripping on loose bedding? Perhaps it would be worth getting a metal grabbing device called a Helping Hand– available at the lending center– to pick up things that have dropped on the floor or slid beneath the bed. Now is the time to get slippers with rubber soles. When walking in the house it is always important to wear shoes and slippers that fit well and will not slip or slide on the tile floors. In addition, check out the bathroom, a common setting for falls. Have grab bars installed where necessary. Have the appropriate toilet seat installed so it is at a comfortable height and make sure there are no rugs to trip on. To encourage regular showering without the fear of falling, she strongly recommends getting one of the shower seats or benches that are available at Yad Sarah. During the colder months when many of us remain indoors for longer stretches, we should ensure that we have the appropriate equipment to make our days more comfortable and productive. That might include keeping a bag with pockets for a cellphone, writing equipment, or a book attached to a chair, table or walker. This too is available at Yad Sarah. It's a would be a good idea to set up different areas of the living area for reading, writing or a sewing project. Each area should have comfortable seating with appropriate pillow support. Yad Sarah has a large variety of pillows for specific needs. Naturally Shani spoke about the need to secure all rugs with the appropriate adhesive strips so they don’t slide or curl, which may cause one to skid or fall. Never run, she advises, for the phone or for a bus. Make sure your water heater and bathroom heater are working and keep flashlights handy for the occasional blackout. Shani recommends looking beyond your own apartment to the building and reporting burned out bulbs, broken steps or places where water accumulates, all things that invite tripping and serious falls. The Exhibition and Guidance Center at Yad Sarah can provide you with a safety checklist and will be happy to advise you about your needs. In addition to a safe environment, Shani spoke animatedly about the need during these colder months to keep up physical activity, mental stimulation, and routine. She emphasized the importance of human contact. It is important to leave the house if possible, though it’s understandable that on some cold, rainy days it's not. Nevertheless, she strongly urges everyone to continue their regular exercise regimen, even at home, even in bed if necessary. However, don’t spend the day in bed. Get dressed and move into the day with a plan. Move often, from one room to another, from the couch to the table. To prevent isolation, initiate and keep regular contact with friends or family by phone, SKYPE, email, or visits. Look in on a sick friend in your building. Keep up with hobbies. Stock up on books or CDs. For the visually impaired, she cites the AACI Library and the National Library for the Blind in Netanya for recorded books. Shani also suggests organizing a book club or an armchair travel club with a friend or two. While emphasizing the need to get out and connect with people or continue our routines, she reminded me that on bad weather days it was important to plan how to safely get to that shiur, that art class or that visit to a friend. Setting aside enough time to arrive is essential so that in our zeal to arrive on time we don’t find ourselves in the emergency room because of a careless misstep. Taking care of ourselves will allow us to stay active and prevent seasonal depression. This includes getting the necessary utensils and supplies so that we are able to prepare food properly and eat regularly. Shani stressed the importance of never wearing loose clothing that might catch fire as we cook. Finally, Shani emphasizes that the Exhibition and Guidance Center is available to provide help and ideas. Whether one needs something to help turn pages in a book or a cart to get things from room to room, someone at the center can guide you towards a solution. Many of the devices and aids such as the Helping Hand are available at Yad Sarah for borrowing or purchase. Yad Sarah is there for everyone to help prevent that which can be prevented and to improve the quality of life for everyone. Look, plan, correct and connect…And have a healthy winter season!

 
 
Third Graders Collect 500 Coins for Yad Sarah
The children wanted to help others less fortunate

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A Day at Yad Sarah
Chanukah is over and winter is upon us, but at Yad Sarah it is business as usual. See photo gallery above. Read more...

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Giving Stays in the Family
Elisheva Printz, lending director of the Jerusalem region, writes about Yad Sarah's newest branch in Kiryat Ye'arim (Telz- Stone) under the direction of the Felheimer family. * The family is continuing its own tradition as well as that of Yad Sarah's, and has established a local branch in their home * Photography: David Rothner *

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Hagit Yasu Gives Back
Customers who come to the Yad Sarah branch in Sderot are surprised to see Hagit Yasu sitting in front of one of the computers. (pictured) Hagit is well known as the winner of the "Kochav Nolad" program six years ago and received lots of publicity following the win.

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Where Does a Family from Oklahoma Turn When They Need Help in a Medical Emergency? Why, to Yad Sarah, Of Course!

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Yad Sarah is Now Part of the Fun in Jerusalem Family
When Fun in Jerusalem owner and creator Joanna Shebson was looking for a venue to host her family event, she chose Yad Sarah and became a fan

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Our Young People Also Give Back
Thanks to Shmuel Friedman, a high school student who has been volunteering at Yad Sarah's Givataim branch this summer. Helping out in the computer department,Shmuel also helps people carry borrowed equipment to their cars. We wish him the best of luck in his studies next year at a Jerusalem yeshiva. To volunteer, please call *6444

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Beit Safafa: Amina Aliyan speaks the Yad Sarah language
YS site reporter Sumiya Al Nabari talks with the director of the Jerusalem Beit Safafa branch

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As the Music Played, the Patient with Parkinson's Stopped Shaking
Hamutal Ben Or, director of the Day Rehabilitation Center at Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem, talks about a moment when music became therapy * Thanks to Musethica from all of us at Yad Sarah * Photographer: David Rothner

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