Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter Examines
The Purpose And Identity Of An Alzheimer’s Caregiver
AM I A WIFE OR A BABYSITTER? … AM I A SON OR A CARE MANAGER?
Monday, May 5, 2014; 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
On May 5, the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter (The Chapter) will host a special event that examines the purpose and identity of an Alzheimer’s caregiver. Who Am I Now? The Existential Dilemma of Caregiving is the second presentation in the Chapter’s Annual Charles Evans Lecture on the Art and Science of Caregiving. Admission is free.
Caring for a relative with dementia can profoundly affect one’s sense of purpose and identity. A panel of experts will explore how family caregivers redefine their lives in the wake of this emotionally demanding and frequently isolating role; how they utilize resources for support; and how they find opportunities for personal growth. The distinguished panel includes:
Daniel Kuhn, LCSW, a Community Educator and Project Manager for Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care, based in Mount Prospect, Illinois. He is the author of Alzheimer’s Early Stages: First Steps for Families, Friends and Caregivers.
Sharon B. Shaw, LCSW, CGP, a psychotherapist in private practice and a consultant in aging, dementia, and family caregiving. Since 2000, Sharon has trained and supervised hundreds of support group leaders in her role as Support Group Leader Trainer and Clinical Supervisor for the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter.
Alix Kates Shulman, an award-winning writer and social activist. She is the author of 14 books and has been primary caregiver to her husband with dementia for 10 years. Her caregiving memoir, To Love What Is: A Marriage Transformed, was hailed by neurologist Oliver Sacks as “extraordinary and important.” She has written about caregiving for the NYTimes, Salon, Parade, and Psychology Today.
Jed A. Levine, Executive Vice President and Director of Programs & Services at the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter, will serve as moderator.
Monday, May 5, 2014
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Check-in
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Program
The Times Center: 242 West 41st Street in Manhattan (between 7th and 8th Avenues)