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Presentation on Sun. Feb. 26, free and open to the community

Jewish Family Service off Central NJ presents a half-day program dedicated to the issues surrounding the treatment of elderly Holocaust survivors and the challenges faced by their children as caregivers. The event will be Sunday February 26 , 9:30-12:30 at Congregation Israel, 339 Mountain Avenue, Springfield. Continental breakfast will be served, dietary laws observed.

screen-shot-2017-01-30-at-7-45-02-pmThe relationships between survivor parents and their children have by now been the subject of hundreds of studies and clinical reports. It has been shown that children of survivors have grown up with unique concerns related to their parents’ suffering and with an over-arching need to protect their parents from further pain. Aging, physical and cognitive impairment, chronic conditions that cause pain, all place a tremendous burden on the aging survivors, and also on their children, as they are unable to protect the parents from inevitable decline which is sometimes accompanied by physical and psychological pain.

The program of the event will include three parts:

I will present the keynote address, entitled “A Caregiver’s Journey”. This will be followed by Dr. Kenneth A Verni, “Caring for self and others with mindfulness” and “Managing Challenging behaviors of Alzheimer’s/Dementia” will be discussesd by Allice Greeneberg- Sheedy, LSW.

For contact information to RSVP, call Maris Chavenson at 908-352-8375. Or send email to

Irit Felsen

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