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Aging & Grief


Grief and Loss: Supporting Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to Navigate Their Loss Journeys

Along with increased life expectancy and greater opportunity for personal connections comes the increased probability that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities will experience the loss of loved ones. As we know, the companion to loss is grief. For the people we support this grief can be made more complicated by life experiences unique to the history of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, characteristics of the support systems they rely on, and misguided perceptions regarding their capacities to feel and understand loss.

It is more and more important that family members, direct support professionals and other community service providers are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through their experiences of loss, grief, death, and dying.

 

This full-day workshop will address concepts of grief, loss, and bereavement through use of interactive/guided discussion. Participants will explore real-life examples and look at concrete ways to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they anticipate the death of a loved one; live through the initial grief of a loved one’s loss; and strive to meet the on-going challenges of significant holidays, anniversaries, and collateral as well as cumulative losses from their personal journeys.

 

Date Duration Time Location
June 6, 2017 1 day 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM Goodwill, Harrison

 


People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Growing Old: Understanding and Supporting Age-Related Health Changes and End of Life Care


The number of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities aged 60 years and older was 641,860 in the year 2000. That number will double to 1.2 million by 2030. This full-day workshop will discuss the similarities and differences in the aging process between the general population and those living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We will examine the physiological, psychological, social and spiritual dimensions of aging as they impact direct service provision and practical suggestions for addressing each. Additionally, workshop participants will discuss how to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through end of life.

 

Date Duration Time Location
May 23, 2017
1 day 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM Goodwill, Harrison


Registration Details


Fee information:

No charge for the following groups:

  • Employees of DDD
  • DDD Qualified Providers
  • Individuals with disabilities and family members

All other registrants - $75 per day.

Continuing Education Available: NJ Social Work, DDNA  View Continuing Education Details

Registration: Register online now

Please note: Submission of the online form is not a confirmation of registration. Submission of the online registration form sends an email request to The Boggs Center. When your form is received, Boggs Center
staff will register you for the course requested, based on space availability. If the training is full,
you will be notified. Written confirmation of your registration and materials will be mailed two weeks prior to the training course. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact us to verify registration and to receive directions and materials.

For more information: Please email Lisa Thomas or call (732) 235-9325.

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