Spring 2015 National Hospice Foundation of America’s Living With Grief Program

22nd Hospice Foundation of America’s Annual National Living with Grief® Program

The Longest Loss:  Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., EDT
Worthen Arena Lounge
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana

Cost of Registration: $20.00

This year’s program focuses on the multiple losses associated with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia as they become a pervasive part of everyday life for millions of patients, their families and friends.  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.

CEs (3 hrs.) offered for nurses, social workers, counselors, funeral directors, clergy, and more

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the characteristics of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, including unique challenges that these diseases present to patients and families
  2. Discuss the grief of persons with dementia, including nonfinite loss and anticipatory mourning, as it is experienced in early stages and during progression of disease;
  3. Recognize changes in patient behavior that may be indicative of grief, and describe therapeutic techniques that can be used effectively, including reminiscence and ritual;
  4. Support families as they navigate changes in the relationship and transitions in care as the disease progresses, and understand the potential grief reactions brought about by these changes;
  5. Identify the demands and challenges on professional caregivers when caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and list several strategies for employer support and self care;
  6. Describe innovative ways of supporting family caregivers exhibiting grief reactions throughout the illness as well as after the death of the individual with dementia, noting factors that compound grief, including guilt, ambivalence and relief.

To register on-line, click this link and hit the "submit" button at the bottom of the form:  https://bsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5tBP9bnTBjMNwwt

For additional information, please call 765-285-8259.

Hosted by:
Fisher Institute for Wellness and Gerontology
Ball State University

Fisher Institute for Wellness and Gerontology
Health and Physical Activity Building (HP) Room 302
Ball State University
Muncie,, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-8259 or (toll free) 888-935-5278
Fax: 765-285-8237