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Wider Horizons Fourth Annual Forum:
Living with Grief: Alzheimer's Disease

April 28, 2004
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
at WHYY Independence Mall
West 150 North Sixth Street

WHYY Wider Horizons and the Caring Community coalition hosted an all-day forum on the losses and grief experienced by those living with Alzheimer's Disease. In the afternoon, the Hospice Foundation of America's Eleventh Annual Living with Grief Teleconference examined the grief experiences of persons living with Alzheimer's and of the family. The entire day was webcast live. Go to archive

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Morning Session
Willo Carey, Executive Director, Wider Horizons

Paul David Nussbaum PhD, Clinical Neuropsychologist and author of Brain Health and Wellness.

Panel Presenters:
David Casarett MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Institute on Aging, University of Pennsylvania and Director, Palliative Care Clinic, Veterans Affairs Medical Center of Philadelphia.

Jennifer Kapo MD, Instructor, Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Allison Howe MBA, MHSA,Executive Director,South Jersey Regional Office, Alzheimer's Association, Delaware Valley Chapter

Mary Mittelman Dr PH., Director of Psychosocial Research and Support Program Silberstein Institute for Aging and Dementia and Research Associate Professor Department of Psychiatry NYU School of Medicine

Personal caregiver experience
Family caregiver Carol Francis, featured in WHYY�s first-person documentary Circle of Love: Living with Alzheimer's shares her experiences of loss and coping strategies.

Afternoon Session
Hospice Foundation of America Eleventh Annual Living with Grief Teleconference
WHYY served as a host site for the Hospice Foundation of America's Eleventh Annual satellite teleconference. Hosted by Cokie Roberts, the teleconference described the nature, course and care provided to those living with Alzheimer's disease and defines grief issues experienced by families and helpful strategies to assist the patient, family and professional caregiver.

Moderator: Cokie Roberts, NPR Senior News Analyst and ABC News Correspondent

Kenneth J. Doka , PhD, MDiv, Professor of Gerontology at the Graduate School of The College of New Rochelle and Lutheran Minister

Parag Dalsania , MD, Director, Geriatric Clinic for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Washington, DC

Lisa P. Gwyther , MSW, LCSW Assistant Clinical Professor Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science; Director, Family Support Program, Center for Study of Aging and Human Development, Duke University Medical Center

William E. Haley , PhD, Chair and Professor, Department of Gerontology, University of South Florida

Richard J. Ham , MD, Director of the West Virginia University Center on Aging and Professor of Geriatric Medicine and Psychiatry

Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center

Lin E. Noyes , PhD, RN, Clinical Director, Alzheimer's Family Day Center in Falls Church, Virginia

Therese A. Rando , PhD, BCETS, BCBT, Clinical Director of the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Loss and Clinical Psychologist