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The Zone, Vol 4: Frustration and Anger

Posted by Erin Pietrak | Monday, May 11, 2020

As the effects of the pandemic accumulate, with forecasts of 12 to 18 months more of social distancing, mask wearing and hand washing, anger is a primal, normal response. But at what cost to our physical and emotional well-being? In Volume 4 of this guest series, Psychotherapist, Dr. Francis L. Battisti, and Nutritionist, Dr. Helen Battisti give us tips on how to reign in and mitigate anger’s effect our bodies and minds, while pushing us to be the best versions of ourselves.

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The Zone, Vol 2: Where are we going?

Posted by Erin Pietrak | Tuesday, May 05, 2020

What does the future hold? What is the new normal? And how can we collaborate with uncertainty to co-create the future? In Volume 2 of this ongoing guest series, Psychotherapist, Dr. Francis L. Battisti, and Nutritionist, Dr. Helen E. Battisti share their wisdom on embracing the unknown to reimagine and reinventour futures.

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COVID-19 Resource Recap: May 5, 2020

Posted by Erin Pietrak | Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Planning has begun to reopen regions throughout the country. Moving forward, we still need to remain informed and vigilant about coronavirus and how it impacts long-term health care. The Avila Institute of Gerontology is continuing to curate resources and information tailored to the emotional and spiritual needs of long-term staff, residents and families.

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The Zone, Vol 3: Your Feelings are Valid

Posted by Erin Pietrak | Tuesday, May 05, 2020

As stay-at-home orders stretch on, you might be feeling a cascade of feelings ranging from grief, anxiety, fear, anger, and loneliness. In Volume 3 of this guest series, Psychotherapist, Dr. Francis L. Battisti, and Nutritionist, Dr. Helen Battisti guide us in honoring our feelings and using them as a path to self-discovery and healing.

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COVID-19 Resource Recap

Posted by Erin Pietrak | Wednesday, April 29, 2020

​As information about the coronavirus changes daily, with dramatic impacts on long-term health care, The Avila Institute of Gerontology is compiling resources and information to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of staff, residents and families. Read posts from April 22-28, 2020.

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The Zone, Vol 1: Stress Management and Self-Care

Posted by Erin Pietrak | Wednesday, April 29, 2020

In the first of this new weekly guest series, Psychotherapist, Dr. Francis L. Battisti, and Nutritionist, Dr. Helen Battisti guide us in navigating and calming the unprecedented stress we find ourselves facing.

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Support During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted by Erin Pietrak | Tuesday, April 21, 2020

To help support you during these unprecedented challenges, the Avila Institute of Gerontology has compiled resources and information to help respond to the emotional and spiritual needs of staff, residents and families. We are also offering a free in-service that addresses stress management for long-term care staff and caregivers, which you can find at the bottom of this blog post.

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The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, along with the Avila Institute of Gerontology, honored three individuals with the Flos Carmeli award for their excellence and dedication to the mission of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory, O.Carm., Foundress of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. The 2020 Flos Carmeli celebration took place on March 9 at St. Teresa’s Motherhouse in Germantown, NY.

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The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm recently formalized a groundbreaking Palliative Care program that raises new standards for palliative and end-of-life care in the United States. Kaplan Multimedia, Inc. teamed up with the Carmelite Sisters to produce a thirteen-minute film capturing the hallmarks of the program titled “The Difference is Love.” The film’s excellence was recognized with a nomination for a 2017 Suncoast Emmy Award under the category “Societal Concerns.”

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AIG Long-term Care Conference 2017 - "Making Todays' Decisions Tomorrow's Vision"

Posted by Erin Pietrak | Wednesday, December 06, 2017

​The Avila Institute of Gerontology held its annual October Conference on Monday, October 9–Tuesday, October 10, 2017. The goal of this year’s conference—titled “Making Today’s Decisions Tomorrow’s Vision”—was to provide attendees with information that would empower them to navigate the constantly changing health care and long-term care landscapes. Featuring speakers across the spectrum of health care and long-term care, the conference highlighted many important issues in those industries.

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