Receiving Care to Give Care: JFCS Senior Caregiving

SRQ Story Project Partner Spotlight


Caregiving is a duty reserved for the strongest and most generous-hearted among us. Many times, it is a job compensated only with love. However, when a caregiver needs support — where do they turn?

JFCS of the Suncoast is a multi-function social services agency offering Caregiver Resources within the Seniors and Cancer Support programs.

One program participant, Ellen Kaiden, is an accomplished watercolor artist residing in Sarasota. Her palette is as vibrant as she is, and she shows her art in many notable Sarasota galleries. Ellen has participated in JFCS’ Wednesday caregiver group with Dr. Susan Siegel, a Clinical Psychologist, for several years.

Here, caregivers gain access to support groups and individual support sessions, becoming educated about age-related illness and the aging process. Dealing with decisions that need to be made and the emotions involved can be overwhelming. JFCS provides assistance with respite, workshops, and connections to important community resources.

Ellen has maintained her life balance by actively pursuing her artistic talents, while caring for her family.  Through her association with JFCS, she has gained insights and tools to benefit her and her loved ones. 

JFCS of the Suncoast

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