From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: April 2017
It’s always fun to make jokes about being forgetful. We do it all the time – with good intention and certainly don’t mean to be offensive. Let’s face it, we all struggle from time to time with remembering a name, a birthday, a phone number, etc. Still, losing one’s memory is really no laughing matter. Just ask anyone caring for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
In today’s world, a heightened sensitivity exists in regards to failing memory. Who among us hasn’t questioned themselves or a loved one when struggling to recall something from long ago or a recent event? Recognizing when the occasional memory lapse is something more severe is a common topic discussed in both casual and formal settings. Living with memory loss is a reality for far too many of us, and it affects everyone around those afflicted.
Nationally, the data suggests that by 2020, there will be more Americans over the age of 60 than under the age of 5. We are, indeed, an aging society. Along with the blessings of living longer lives comes the reality that most of us will know someone suffering from memory loss or a dementia-related disorder, or have one ourselves.
That’s why in partnership with Jewish Family Service of St. Paul, Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis will provide a half-day conference intended to support those who caregive now, or will someday provide caregiving for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Our conference takes place on Sunday, April 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at Adath Jeshurun Congregation. In addition to a heartwarming opening presentation from siblings Debra Grossfield and Marc Grossfield, who will share their journey caregiving for their father, a number of stimulating and important break-out sessions will be offered on a variety of related issues. Did I mention that the conference is free? Take a moment to sign up for the conference by clicking here or going to www.jfssp.org. Do it now…don’t forget! I know you’ll be glad you took time to learn how to caregive for those you love, while taking good care of yourself, as well.