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Workshop at the LiveOn Conference in NYC

Presentation Date: 01/25/18
Location: LiveOn Conference, NYC

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I will be giving, with Adeena Horowitz, Administrative Director of Selfhelp Community Services, a workshop entitled

When the Past is Present: What Holocaust Survivors Can Teach Us About Working With Elders Who Experienced Trauma

at the LiveOn Conference in NYC on January 25, 2018.


LiveOn is an organization consisting of 100 agencies from small, single-site centers to large multi-service organizations, representing the 3.2 million older New Yorkers and their caregivers. The organization is dedicated to improve aging in NY city through targeted advocacy, data-driven policy, direct assistance & innovative programs.

The workshop, open to all those who register to the conference, will address special issues in the care of elderly who had experienced traumatic events in prior times in life. A brief description of the workshop is as follows:

Rejecting life-sustaining services. Hoarding food. Neglecting personal hygiene. Accusing others of stealing trivial items. How do we help clients whose behaviors have the effect of pushing us away? Holocaust survivors have taught us that perplexing symptoms in older adults sometimes have their origins in early trauma. Yet trauma is not unique to Holocaust survivors – traumatic experiences have shaped the lives of many older adults we serve. Lessons learned from Holocaust survivors give us keys to connecting with aging trauma survivors, opening the door to helping. This workshop will empower participants with strategies for providing Person Centered Trauma Informed (PCTI) care that can be used by staff in a variety of settings.

The workshop will take place between 10:30 am  and 12:00 noon on Thursday January 25, 2018  at the New York Academy of Medicine at 1216 Fifth Avenue – 103rd Street, New York, NY 10028.

To learn more, and to register for the conference go to this link.

Irit Felsen

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