Oct. 15: Professional Toolkits for the New Normal-Part One: Accessing Programs and Resources

October 15, 2020 9:15 am

We’ll explore virtual programs, including telephone/online support groups, virtual senior centers & visiting cultural organizations online

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Speaker Information

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Dasha Kiper

Consultant, Support Group Clinical Director CaringKind, The Heart of Alzheimer's Caregiving

Dasha Kiper is the Clinical Director of the Support Group Program at the CaringKind where she works with more than 7O trained facilitators, mental health professionals, and volunteers. She developed and implemented the New York State approved Support Group Leader Training Program that provides clinical supervision for support group leaders and clinical staff. Committed to fostering new groups based on community needs, Dasha hopes to sustain and expand programs that provide caregivers with the emotional support they both need and deserve. Dasha was born in Russia and immigrated to the United States in 1992. She grew up in San Francisco, attended the University of California at Davis and received a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University Teachers College. As a graduate student working at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, she co-authored several studies dealing with PTSD, Depression, and Anxiety. Afterwards, she became a caregiver for an elderly Holocaust survivor suffering from Alzheimer’s. Seeing the toll this disease takes on families, she volunteered to become a Support Group Leader for spouses and adult children as well as for the bereaved. Her experience and research in the field led her to publish an essay in The American Scholar (Autumn, 2016), which was reprinted in The Guardian of London. With ten years of experience, she is currently writing a book for Random House on the psychological and philosophical lessons of cognitive decline.

Susan Lechter

Director, The Wechsler Center for Modern Aging Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

Susan has been at the JCC since 2005 and has overseen the older adult department over the last 15 years. She has focused on the development and creation of programming, community building and significant volunteer engagement with a rapidly growing older adult population. Susan grew up in Montreal, Canada and received her BA, MA and EdM degrees at Harvard and Columbia. Before moving to New York, she spent several years in Paris where she worked as a consultant at UNESCO; as education director for Kehillat Gesher, the French Anglophone Jewish Community, and then as Director for the OSE Center for Holocaust Survivors. Susan lives in Brooklyn Heights with her husband, daughter and 2 adorable cats.

Meredith Wong

Manager, connect2culture CaringKind, The Heart of Alzheimer's Caregiving

Meredith Wong is an educator with over 15 years’ experience working in culture and disability, developing adult museum access programs and as the Manager of connect2culture® at CaringKind*. In this position, she connects families impacted by dementia with New York City’s vibrant cultural programs and raises awareness through training and education for cultural professionals. Her goal is to create sustainable cultural and accessible programs that can be shared guided experiences enjoyed by all members of the community affected by the disease. Meredith is a native New Yorker who has sat on the Steering Committee of the Museum Arts and Culture Access Consortium (MAC), is an active member of education and access advisory committees at the Cooper Hewitt Museum and the Museum of Arts and Design. She serves as a resource for dementia-friendly cultural programming in New York City, presenting at the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disabilities (LEAD) conference, and accepted to present at the American Alliance of Museum’s (AAM) 2020 conference. Meredith earned a B.A. in Art History from Goucher College and an M.A.T in Museum Education from George Washington University.