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January 22, 1988 - Image 84

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-01-22

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A free lecture at Providence Hospital.

Facial Paralysis strikes over 40,000 people each
year. The condition may be caused by Bell's Palsy,
tumors, strokes, or surgery. Paralysis may result
in difficulty in smiling, eye closure, or an overall
distorted appearance of the face. Some people may
have abnormal movements such as tics and spasms.
Jack M. Kartush, M.D., a nationally recog-
nized surgeon and researcher in the field of Facial
Paralysis, will be discussing the recent developments
to restore animation and muscular control to the

face. Guest speakers will include noted experts
Malcolm D. Graham, M.D., Dennis I. Bojrab,
M.D. and Peter M. McCann, M.D. who will
discuss causes and diagnosis of Facial Paralysis.
If you, or someone you love, suffers any
degree of Facial Paralysis, you should attend this
free, enlightening lecture.. Come join us on
Thursday, January 28th, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
at the Providence Hospital Professional Medical
Building, conference room 8B.

Call 424-3068 today for your reservation.

Be sure to ask about our newly established Facial Paralysis Support Group.

"You have no idea of the
loneliness and poverty that's
out there," she says. "There
are people who have nothing
— not family or even food. But
if you tell someone there are
Jews who are not comfortable,
they look at you like you're
The JIS is the "coordinating
communications liason to the
program," according to JIS
Director Norma Silver. The
information service regularly
makes between 50 and 70
calls "to make sure people are
Silver is hopeful that the
program can be expanded to
serve more people, and on
more than one day a week. "I
think it's the pattern of the
Jewish community to respond
to needs once they're defined.
Sometimes you need to rear-
range your priorities by put-
ting money in different
places. I think we're just at
the tip of the iceberg in terms
of defining the need here."
The cost of the program is
unknown at present accor-
ding to Federation which will
not add up the bill until the
end of the three-month trial
period. The program is being
funded by local Jewish agen-
cies and endowments.
According to Silver, the
need for the pick-up program
in Detroit was assessed by a
task force created by the
Jewish Welfare Federation in
1984. The focus of the task
force was to increase
community-based support
services for the non--
institutionalized elderly in
order to keep them out of in-
stitutions for as long as possi-
ble. "We were concentrating
more on the frail elderly who
were beginning to be depen-
dant, depressed, lonely and
isolated," Silver explains.
A study by the University of
Michigan departments of
public health and social work
confirmed the prevalence of
isolation and depression, par-
ticularly among the Jewish
elderly still living in or near
Detroit. These people repre-
sent a phenomenon known as
"aging in place," where they
either don't want to or are
unable to move, often for
financial reasons.
Miriam Sandweiss, director
of senior adult programming
at the Prentis building, said
those who stay in the city are
cut off from socializing with
other Jewish seniors and are
depri•Oed of Jewish Center ac-
tivities. They are often unable
to belong to a synagogue or
even shop for kosher food.
Through the years, Jewish
community workers have
kept lists with the names of
people who expressed a desire
to come to the senior citizen

program at the Center, but
who couldn't for lack for
transportation. Some of these
people, like Eva Sheldon and
Fannie Hyman, are now back
in touch with the culture and
peole they had been missing
for a long time.
"Not to be able to drive is a
terrible thing," said Sheldon.
"If I were to say that my hus-
band is in the mafia, that
would be O.K. But as soon as
you say you don't drive, peo-
ple shy away from you
because they're afraid you
might impose on them. Hav-
ing the ride (to the Center)
gives me some liberation." ❑

Young At Heart
Brunch Set

Cong. Beth Achim's Young
At Heart (for persons 55 and
over) will meet at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday in the Sol Schwartz
Auditorium for a mini-brunch
and program.
Dr. Edward and Millie
Rosenbaum will relate their
adventures and show slides of
their recent trip to Russia
and Poland. New members
will be honored at the
The public is invited. There
is a charge for the
For information, call
Fredell Whiteman, 356-1864
or the synagogue office,

Jewish Mothers
Is Series Topic

Sharon Schwartz will pre-
sent a lecture in her series
"The Jewish Mother as Seen
from Daughter's Point of
View," 1 p.m. Monday in the
library of the Jewish Com-
munity Center in West
The series focuses on the
image of the Jewish mother
in literature.
The public is invited at no
charge. For information, call
Judy Samson, 661-1000 or

Culture Club
Lecture Due

The Culture Club at the
Jimmy Prentis Morris
Building of the Jewish Com-
munity Center will host a lec-
ture by George M. Zeltzer on
the "Yiddish Heritage of Our
City" at 12:30 p.m. Thursday
in Jaffe Hall of the JPM.
The movie, Blue Skies, will
be shown in the JPM
assembly hall at 2 p.m. Sun-
day. The Book Fair video,
Heroes and Hustlers, Hard
Hats and Holy Men by Ze'ev

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