17th Annual Conference Ministering to the Elderly Transitions in Life and Beyond 4/5/12

17th Annual Conference Ministering to the Elderly: Transitions in Life and Beyond
May 21, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
5200 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL

Miami Jewish Health Systems (MJHS) in collaboration with The Jewish Chaplaincy Program of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Services of South Florida will host the 17th Annual Conference – Ministering to the Elderly: Transitions in Life and Beyond. The conference, open to caregivers, clergy, mental health professionals, and those involved older populations will discuss different cultural and religious perspectives on aging, seniors’ viewpoint of life as they grow older and techniques to enriching life in the elder years.

Dr. Harry Moody, current Director of Academic Affairs for AARP and author of “The Five Stages of the Soul” and “Aging: Concepts and Controversies,” will headline the conference.

“We’ve all heard of the book Passages: Predictable Crisis of Adult Life that talks about the stages in a person’s life, but the book fails to explain what happens after the 50’s,” said Jeffrey P. Freimark, President and Chief Executive Officer of MJHS. “Our upcoming conference picks up where that book ends. The upcoming conference will serve as a practical forum for professionals and caregivers to examine what occurs in the stages of life for seniors and how they may continue to find meaningful purpose throughout their life.”

“The process of aging can be a period of realignment, of spiritual awakening, and inner exploration. As people live longer, this period remains an uncharted ocean in our society; we hope to challenge ourselves to reconsider this new frontier,” remarks Rabbi Frederick L Klein, Director of the Jewish Chaplaincy Program of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and the Chair of the Conference.

The conference is open to the public. Registration is $25.00, including lunch and pre/post receptions. All proceeds will benefit MJHS, a not-for-profit organization. For more information or to find out about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Alicia Schindler at 954-253-2830 or aschindler@mjhha.org.

Miami Jewish Health Systems is one of the most innovative healthcare providers in the United States. Treating 25,000 people of all ages, ethnicities and religions annually, the not-for-profit organization, known formerly as Miami Jewish Home and Hospital, offers community-based, residential and on-campus medical programs. The 71 year old institution draws patients from across the nation and around the world for its pioneering Centers of Excellence that include: Rosomoff Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center; Brucker Biofeedback Center; Mental Health & Memory Services; Rehabilitation Services at Miami Jewish Health Systems’ Nursing Facility and the Program of All Inclusive care for the Elderly (PACE). More information on Miami Jewish Health Systems is available at www.miamijewishhealthsystems.org.

The mission of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation is to mobilize human and financial resources to care for those in need, strengthen Jewish life and advance the unity, values and shared purpose of the Jewish people in Miami, in Israel and around the world.

The mission of Jewish Community Services is to improve the quality of life and self-sufficiency of the Jewish and broader communities throughout South Florida in accordance with Jewish values.

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