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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
April 12, 2019
Course Full
1 day 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Eastern Christian Children’s retreat

700 Mountain Ave.

Wyckoff, NJ 07481


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 discuss some of 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 examine the importance of person-centered future planning in supporting caregivers as well as determining ways to engage people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in supported decision-making for their healthcare (including end of life).


Registration Details

Fee information:

No charge for the following groups:

  • Employees of DDD
  • DDD/Medicaid Approved 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 registration form sends an email request to The Boggs Center and is not a confirmation of registration. Boggs Center staff will register you for the course requested, based on space availability and completion of pre-requisites (if applicable.) You will receive a confirmation when your registration request has been reviewed and approved. 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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