The Mayerson JCC Senior Center is Nationally Accredited.
The Mayerson JCC Senior Center has earned the official status of National Accreditation by meeting the nine standards of excellence for senior center operations that were developed by the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC), a unit of the National Council on Aging (NCOA). These standards serve as a guide for all senior centers to improve their operations today and position themselves for the future.
This accreditation is the culmination of a rigorous year-long process of self evaluation and a two day, on-site review by representatives of NISC. The national accreditation process, initiated in 1998, is based on nine standards of excellence in programs: mission, community collaboration, administration and human resources (including volunteers), governance, planning, financial controls, reports and records, and facility.
Senior centers play a significant role in supporting and enabling older adults to age in place and in their community. Senior centers serve to connect older adults to community services to help them stay healthy and independent. This accreditation reinforces what we have known - that we make a substantial impact on thousands of seniors and our entire community and that we are one of the best Senior Centers in America.
This is what NISC has to say about the Mayerson JCC Senior Center that received full accreditation in January 2012, the only senior center in Cincinnati, Ohio, and one of the few of JCCs in the country.
The center’s strengths include:
In 2004, Director of Senior Adult ServicesTsipora Gottlieb received the Harris K. and Alice F. Weston Award.
JCC’s Tsipora Gottlieb named 2011 Outstanding Leader in the field of aging by the Association for Professionals in Aging who Serve Older Adults in the Tri-State.
The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati presented annually to a junior and a senior Jewish communal professional who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities in their agencies, in the Cincinnati Jewish community and in their fields of service.
In March 2006, Assistant Director of Senior Adult Services Susan Bradley received the Chaver Award from The Association of Jewish Center Professionals. This award is given each year to an outstanding JCC team member with less than 10 years in the field.
Awards for Outstanding Programs and Practices
In 2010, The JCC Association of North America awarded the Mayerson JCC Senior Center three awards for outstanding programs and practices at the exemplary level:
The ShalomPhone program is a free volunteer service that provides friendly telephone calls to seniors Age 60+. The program works to eliminate some of the concerns facing those who are isolated in our community, allowing them to remain independent. ShalomPhone uses trained senior adult volunteers to make regularly scheduled calls to seniors who live alone. The calls are for both safety and socialization, they also allow our seniors to stay independent and in touch.
Super Senior Meal Deal
An alternative meal program to a traditional dinning set. This program serves younger seniors six days a week through the J Café.
Matter of Balance
A Matter of Balance Evidence Based Program helps people ages 70 and older remain at home. Many seniors experience fear of falling and restrict their activities.
The Mayerson JCC Senior Center offers the Matter of Balance program, Managing Concerns About Falls , which emphasizes practical strategies to reduce this fear and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable; how to set realistic goals to increase activity ; how to change their environment to reduce fall risk factors; and exercises to increase strength and balance.
The Matter of Balance program includes eight two-hour sessions for a small group led by a trained facilitator. This program was developed at the Roybal Center at Boston University and has been nationally recognized.