Caring for relatives with advancing dementia/Alzheimer’s is always challenging, but when an elderly parent is a Holocaust survivor, terrible memories may come back to haunt. Extra sensitivity is needed at every stage of the disease, to avoid post-traumatic triggers whenever possible, and in responding to the ones that arise despite careful planning. With support from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Bikur Cholim Chesed Organization, Zicharon, and Alzheimer’s Association have invited a world-famous expert on the subject, Dr. Paula David, to present to family caregivers on “When Yesterday Becomes Today: Caring for Holocaust Survivors with Dementia.” Her focus will be on practical tips and helpful suggestions to help our loved ones from going back to times of suffering, with techniques that can be used during moments of confusion to reassure and calm.
In Dr. David’s 20 years of working with Holocaust survivors and their families at Toronto’s Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, she created and edited “Caring for Aging Holocaust Survivors: A Practice Manual,” which is used by professionals around the globe. A professor of gerontology at University of Toronto, Dr. David’s life’s work has been promoting the wellbeing and dignity of aging Holocaust survivors, even under challenging circumstances.
Dr. David will speak at the Boro Park YM-YWHA, 4912 14th Avenue, on Monday, June 3, 7:30—9:30 p.m. Admission is free, and there will be separate seating. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Bikur Cholim Chesed Organization, at 718-438-2020. A special thank-you to corporate sponsors: Greater New York Home Care, Korsinsky & Klein, LLP, Attorneys at Law, Maximum Care Solutions Inc., Sephardic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Boro Park YM-YWHA, and Mishpacha Magazine. v