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On June 25th, the NYC Chapter and the HealthCare Chaplaincy were pleased to host Keeping Faith in Mind: The Second Annual Interfaith Workshop for Chaplains on Strategies for Helping People with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias and their Caregivers Cope with Care at the End of Life.

Judith Ahronheim, MD, helped chaplains understand the medical issues that arise for those with AD as they approach the end of life. Wendy Panken, our Support Group Manager spoke movingly about the lessons she learned about hospice, advocating for appropriate treatment and dealing with the system while managing care for her mother in the last few months of her life. Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman, Director, Hiddur: The Center for Aging and Judaism, presented a theological perspective in her presentation, “Seeking the Tzelem” (the image or spirit of God) in all persons, including those who are cognitively impaired.

The discussion that followed was rich and intricate with the interface of the personal, professional and theological roles that the audience members brought to the forum.

We are grateful to all who participated.

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