Jed A. Levine, M.A., Masters of Arts, Applied Human Development, specialization in Gerontology and Recreation Therapy, Columbia University Teacher’s College, Post-Graduate training in Modern Psychoanalysis, Center for Human Development
We will review the concept of ambiguous loss, first described by Pauline Boss, DSW, and the concept of resilience and suggest ways for social workers and other health care professionals to help caregivers build their resilience and identify resources for care and support in the community. The impact of COVID-19 on persons with dementia, their caregivers, and professional staff will be addressed, and how it relates to the themes of ambiguous loss, anticipatory grief and insulation or lack of insulation from the existential dread of death when working with seriously ill, aged individuals.
CEU credit available for New York State social workers, one contact hour, free of charge.
1. Attendees will be able to identify the basic principles of ambiguous loss as they apply to dementia caregivers
2. Attendees will be able to name three sources of resilience for caregivers
3. Attendees will be more familiar with community sources of care and support for family caregivers caring for a relative with dementia.
4. Attendees will have a deeper understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on individuals with dementia and their family caregivers.