Livingston, NJ – A nationally syndicated columnist, a well-known medical geriatrician and a social worker specializing in elder care issues will be the featured speakers at the Seventh Annual Steven A. Gelman Memorial Health Forum, “The Golden Years: Enjoying, Planning for, and Coping with Life with Your Elder Loved Ones”, co-sponsored by Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.
The program, which will be held on Sunday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Shalom, 193 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue in Livingston, is an interactive education program intended to help the public understand the importance to seniors of maintaining independence and a good quality of life. The panel will also discuss how families select appropriate geriatric and health care professionals for their loved-ones, how to best cope with caring for elder relatives with chronic conditions and issues facing the “Sandwich Generation.” Other topics to be covered include spiritual health, productive aging, homecare alternatives and hospice care.
The panelists for “The Golden Years: Enjoying, Planning for, and Coping with Life with Your Elder Loved Ones”, include Theresa M. Redling, D.O., F.A.C.P., Chief of the Geriatric Division and Hospice Medical Director at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center; Carol Abaya, M.A., author of the nationally syndicated column “The Sandwich Generation”; and Karen Brand, LCSW, the Elderlink Coordinator of Jewish Family Services of MetroWest who is involved in facilitating counseling, case management and support groups for older adults and their families.
“Ensuring that our elder loved ones enjoy the latter years of their lives is both a goal and a challenge for countless families”, said Mitch Berkey, program chair and trustee of Temple Beth Shalom, the forum’s home. “We are gratified that, together with Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, we are able to present to the public a panel of experts who will help us enjoy, plan for and cope with life with those whom we treasure so greatly”.
“The Center for Geriatric Health at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is dedicated to bringing first-class health care to older adults,” said Dr. Redling. “We are proud to co-sponsor the Seventh Annual Steven A. Gelman Memorial Health Forum, and support its efforts to disseminate valuable information to the community concerning geriatric care issues.”
Dr. Theresa Redling, a program speaker and Chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, has worked tirelessly to bring community-based health services to the elderly population. She and her fellow speakers will be providing key lessons that the audience can start applying in their own lives immediately.
The Steven A. Gelman Memorial Health Forum was formed in 2001 by the Men’s Club of Temple Beth Shalom in Livingston, New Jersey to perpetuate the memory of its long time member and former treasurer and to promote greater health awareness in the community. The Temple Beth Shalom Men’s Club has won numerous international awards for programming excellence and presents The Steven A. Gelman Memorial Health Forum annually. The forum is always free of charge and the general public is encouraged to attend.
The Center for Geriatric Health at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is a widely recognized program designed to provide assessment and primary health care for the frail older person. Total health care on an outpatient basis enables the patient to live independently at home and to enhance his or her quality of life. A team of specially-trained geriatricians provides primary care to patients, and if necessary, will make referrals to sub-specialty physicians’ located onsite at the Medical Center.
Date: March 28, 2007
For Additional Information:
Steven A. Gelman Memorial Health Forum
Mitch Berkey, Chairperson
Saint Barnabas Health Care System
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
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