Compassionate with the Aged: An Exploration of Elder Grief

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Date(s) - July 19, 2012
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Residence on Greenbelt Assisted Living & Memory Care Community

Contact Info:
3014861590 [email protected]

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“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.” ~George Washington Carver

By the year 2030, roughly 20% of the U.S. population will be aged 65 or over. Elders in our society are more likely than any other age group to experience loss and transition of every type. However, the grief they experience, both for themselves in physical decline and illness, and for those they have lost, is often not well understood. Misconceptions about elder grief can come from the stereotyping of ageism, and can be rooted in the fears of younger adults in facing their own aging and mortality. This workshop is designed to help deepen the caring professional’s understanding of elder grief and ways to respond to it.

The workshop will cover:
An overview of the grief process
An exploration of the developmental tasks of aging
Defining anticipatory grief and how it relates to the old adult
An examination of special considerations in addressing elder grief
Approaches for enhancing interaction with grieving elders

The Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners certifies that this program meets the criteria for 3.0 credit hours of Category 1 continuing education for social workers licensed in Maryland.

Space is limited, so please register by calling 301.486.1590 or email [email protected]