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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