On May 19, 2016 six Sisters from China arrived at St. Patrick’s Manor to study a geriatric educational program designed and facilitated by the Avila Institute of Gerontology.The program was part of the Maryknoll China Education Project coordinated by Fr. Timothy Kilkelly which allowed six Sisters from five communities in China to study caring for the elderly in mind, body and spirit.
This June, the Avila Institute of Gerontology and the Carmelite System, Inc. sponsored a two-day event to discuss effective strategies on how to create a successful learning environment. Designed for the homes served by the Carmelite Sisters of the Aged and Infirm and other long-term care organizations who work closely with the Avila Institute of Gerontology, the event provided staff educators with the how-to and encouragement to effectively provide education to all staff.
In June 2016, a new group of students completed the Geriatric Spiritual Care Program offered by the Avila Institute of Gerontology, Inc. Each month, January to April, the students spent one weekend at Avila in Germantown, NY to receive training from multiple experts and faculty in Spiritual Care. Topics focus on spiritual care, suffering, listening and ethics. In May, the students fulfilled a week of clinical experience with supervision at a long-term care facility Carmel Richmond in Staten Island, NY which is served by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. The students were celebrated and given awards during a special award ceremony in June.
On June 4th, 2016 the Avila Institute of Gerontology had the privilege to once again be a pre-assembly at the annual Catholic Healthcare Association Assembly in Orlando, FL. Our five-hour seminar "Effective Palliative Care in Long-term Care" focused on palliative care and how to implement and maintain a palliative program in long-term care facilities. We’ve been part of this assembly for many years and we were very grateful for the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful event. We were also participated at the exhibit hall where Director, Sr. M. Peter Lillian Di Maria, O.Carm along with faculty, Sr. Annelle Fitzpatrick, CSJ and AIG staff member Erin Pietrak had the pleasure to meet and discuss the many educational programs for long-term care that AIG offers.
Next month on June 4th, the Avila Institute of Gerontology will be going to Orlando, Florida to be a Pre-assembly for the Catholic Healthcare Association (CHA). Our seminar "Effective Palliative Care in Long-term Care" will be one of the events proceeding the Catholic Health Assembly. We have been part of this assembly for many years and we are grateful for the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful event and the chance to unite with so many Catholic Healthcare Associations.
The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm and AIG are planning a mission program for young women ages 18 to 40. AIG is committed to education for all ages, and these programs promise to be an exciting time of exposure to individuals with dementia, learning about care of the elderly, and reflecting on personal experiences alongside the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm.
Sixteen students from the College of St. Rose traveled from their Albany campus to St. Teresa’s Motherhouse in Germantown for two days of classes. AIG’s director, Sr. Peter Lillian, collaborated with other Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm and Sr. Annelle Fitzpatrick S.S.J., to present seven modules about issues surrounding death and dying. All classes were geared toward education in the Carmelite values of compassionate, holistic care- care not just for physical, but also for the emotional, spiritual, psychological, and familial needs of the dying as well.
AIG Director, Sr. Peter Lillian Di Maria, O.Carm. and Stacey Jackson have been working with the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in Houston for several months. They have been coordinating with the Activities Department to help develop a person-centered care program using the "It’s Never 2 Late" software. Personal profiles were created for each person, this information was then used to determine individual and group programs based on each person's preferences.
The Avila Institute’s director, Sr. Peter Lillian, presented a talk entitled “Bringing Christ to Those Who are Experiencing Advanced Illness” at the “Help Stop Assisted Suicide” Conference at St. Pius X parish in Loudonville. Activists from all eight dioceses in New York gathered to learn how to stop Pro-Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS) in the United States.
On October 12, Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm and AIG were proud to present four awards for excellence in living out and spreading the Carmelite mission. “Flos Carmeli,” meaning “Flower of Carmel,” is an award given to those individuals who are a part of the Carmelite family who propagate the mission of Mother Angeline Teresa, O. Carm, with dedication and enthusiasm. The Award ceremony took place at the Carmelite Sisters' Motherhouse in Germantown, NY. Following the music-filled and joyful ceremony in St. Teresa’s chapel, the award recipients and guests were treated to a celebratory dinner.
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