Aging and End of Life: Crisis or Opportunity for Individuals and Service Providers?


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Wednesday, November 18, 2009
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Eastern
Location: online


Sponsored By

 AAIDD - AUCD - The Arc of the US - ANCOR - AAIDD Gerontology Division -    RRTC on Aging & DD at the University of Illinois at Chicago

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Date:  Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Time:  1:00 - 2:00 pm Eastern Time

Moderator:  Doreen Croser, AAIDD Executive Director

Topic: AGING and END OF LIFE:  Crisis or Opportunity for Individuals and Service Providers? 

Speaker: BILL GAVENTA, M.Div., Associate Professor, Pediatrics, and Director, Community and Congregational Supports, The Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School/UMDNJ

In his role at The Boggs Center, Bill works on community supports, training for community services staff, and supervision of a program in Clinical Pastoral Education. He also coordinates a training and technical assistance team for the New Jersey Self Directed Supports Projects. Bill has served Coordinator of Family Support for the Georgia Developmental Disabilities Council and Chaplain and Coordinator of Religious Services for the Monroe Developmental Center in Rochester. As writer and author, he is Editor of the Journal of Religion Disability, and Health and a columnist for Insight, the national newsletter of the Arc of the United States.

Webinar Description:  For many support providers, the aging of individuals with developmental disabilities presents a real problem, as people lose capacity in a system geared toward enhancing skills and strengths.  Problems turn into crisis when death is sudden, and there has been no real planning, either for the individual, the support staff, or the agency as a whole. The presentation will be about revisioning the spiritual and emotional tasks for all of us as we move towards the end of our lives, ways that service providers could address those tasks, and ways to plan for the end of life in ways that celebrate the lives of the people we support, their caregivers, and their friends.

Target Audience: Service providers, agencies, planners, direct care professionals, support coordinators



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