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College Of New Rochelle Hosting Hospice Learning Program

The College of New Rochelle will be a host site for the presentation of Hospice Foundation of America’s Living With Grief® “The Longest Loss: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia” on April 28.
The College of New Rochelle will be a host site for the presentation of Hospice Foundation of America’s Living With Grief® “The Longest Loss: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia” on April 28. Photo Credit: File

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The College of New Rochelle will be a host site for the presentation of Hospice Foundation of America’s Living With Grief® “The Longest Loss: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia” distance learning program on Tuesday, April 28, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Sweeny Student Center, Room C.

Kenneth J. Doka, Ph.D, M.Div (Master of Divinity), professor of gerontology at The College of New Rochelle Graduate School, is one of the guest panelists.

When the diagnosis is given of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, grief doesn’t wait for death. Grieving can begin in the doctor’s office when patients and families receive confirmation of illness. Over a span of what may be a decade, multiple losses associated with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia become a pervasive part of everyday life for millions of patients, their families and friends. After the death, survivors’ grief may be complicated by the nature of a lengthy disease process that has changed their relationship with the deceased.

Through a combination of candid, compelling interviews and live, in-studio discussion, experts will identify how medical and social service professionals can best help patients, families and themselves cope with loss and grief associated with these progressive illnesses.

Each year this award-winning program is produced by Hospice Foundation of America, a not-for-profit organization that acts as an advocate for the hospice concept of care through ongoing programs of professional education, public information and research on issues relating to illness, loss, grief and bereavement. The program is targeted to nurses, social workers, counselors, nursing-home administrators, case managers, funeral directors, marriage and family therapists, caregivers and those working in palliative and hospice care, long-term care or homecare.

Moderated by Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, the panel will include: Charles Corr, Ph.D, former chair of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement and current caregiver; Nancy Pearce, LISW-CP, licensed gerontological social worker; Peter V. Rabins, M.D., MPH, director, geriatric psychiatry program, Johns Hopkins and co-author of “The 36 Hour Day”; and Kathie Supiano, Ph.D., LCSW, FT, F-GSA, associate professor and director of Caring Connections: A Hope and Comfort in Grief Program at the University of Utah College of Nursing.

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