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The Longest Loss: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

The Hospice Foundation of America's 22nd Annual Living with Grief ®Program entitled “The Longest Loss: Alzheimer’s  Disease and Dementia” will be presented on Tuesday, April 28, 12:30 - 4:15 p.m. at Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital’s Spruce Room, 401 W. Mohawk Avenue, Tomahawk. The pre-recorded program is moderated by Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University. When the diagnosis is 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.

Mr. Sesno will lead the panel of noted authorities that includes: Charles Corr, PhD, former Chair of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement and current caregiver; Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, Professor of Gerontology, College of New Rochelle and participant in 22 Living with Grief® programs; Nancy Pearce, LISW-CP, licensed gerontological social worker with expertise in communicating and connecting effectively with persons with dementia; Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH, Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Program, Johns Hopkins and co-author of “The 36 Hour Day,” a widely used guide for lay caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias; and Kathie Supiano, PhD, 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.

This special event, open to everyone in the community, is sponsored by Ministry Home Care – Hospice Services. Participation is free and no pre-registration is necessary. For more information, call Ministry Home Care at 800.643.4663.

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