The State of Caregivers in the United States

A 2009 study by the National Alliance for Caregiving in the United States, in collaboration with AARP, found that in any given year, 65 million people, 29 percent of the population, are caregivers for a chronically ill, disabled or elderly family member. The study shows that the typical caregiver is a 49-year-old woman (66 percent… Read More

Aging in Place

Most seniors prefer to remain in their own homes if at all possible. When making decisions about the practicality of this option, it is important to know that Medicare will not cover nonmedical home services. Those who have purchased long-term health insurance or have veterans benefits may be eligible for services. Keep in mind that… Read More

Communal Resources for Caregivers

Jewish Community Services offers a range of services for adult children and spouses who need caregiving support and education. Services include: • Family consultation with clinicians with expertise in geriatrics • Care management in which certified care managers provide comprehensive assessments focusing on medical status, cognitive function, environmental safety and emotional needs • Counseling and… Read More

Taco Soup (From “Soup Night”)

(Pareve Or Meat) 2 pounds ground beef, optional 3  15-ounce cans stewed tomatoes 1  15-ounce can each of black beans, navy beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, rinsed and drained 1  16-ounce bag frozen corn 4 celery stalks, chopped small 2 large onions, finely chopped 2 packets taco seasoning 2 teaspoons garlic powder 2 teaspoons chili… Read More

Asparagus-Leek Chowder (From “Soup Night”)

(Pareve or dairy) 6 tablespoons butter or margarine 1⁄2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced 2 large leeks, trimmed/sliced, mostly white part 3⁄4 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and chopped 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1⁄2 teaspoon salt 1⁄8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 2 cups chicken broth, pareve or regular (vegetable broth can be used) 2 cups half-and-half or… Read More

Winter Mountain Soup

(Pareve or meat) 2  3⁄4 cups chicken broth, pareve or regular 1⁄2 cup cooked barley or white or mixed wild rice 1  8-ounce can chick peas, drained 1  8-ounce can sliced carrots, drained and slightly mashed 1  8-ounce can mushrooms, stems and pieces, drained 4- to 8-ounce frozen mixed vegetables, optional Salt and pepper to… Read More

Defining Intentionality

• Agricultural communities: Communities promoting living on (and off of) the land. • Co-housing: Old-fashioned neighborhoods that bring together the value of private homes with the benefits of more sustainable living. That means common facilities and good connections with neighbors. • Eco-village: Intentional communities where the goal is to become more socially, economically and ecologically… Read More

Live Intentional. Live Local.

Bird River Oasis, Middle River (forming) Catholic Worker Community, Silver Spring (forming) Co-op Housing University of Maryland, College Park Eastern Village Cohousing, Silver Spring Fiopa Community/Fiopa Consensus Collective, Takoma Park (forming) Greenhouse Group Senior Cohousing, Annapolis Heathcote Community, Freeland Liberty Village Cohousing, Libertytown Long Ridge Lane, Bowie Madison Street House, Hyattsville Maitri House, Takoma Park… Read More

Take Action For A Different Future

Suggestions for how you can be a part of the Palestinian-Israeli dialogue: >> Access the American Israel Public Affairs Committee at >> Visit J Street at >> Fax or email a letter to your representatives in Congress and the Senate. Their contact information can be found at Elected.shtml. >> Participate in the dialogue, Talking About… Read More

Status Quo, Viable?

While the politicians pingpong about the peace process, analysts are looking at what might be the results of failed negotiations. “A true lover of Israel cannot afford to sit back and watch how the Israeli right and their supporters in the Diaspora are undermining the hope for peace. Israel is strong enough to take the… Read More