Attendees from various Religious Communities in the region gathered at the residence of the Sisters of St. Dominic in Amityville, NY, on August 19 and at the residence of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers in Ossining, NY, on August 24 to listen to Alf Norwood and Sister Peter Lillian Di Maria, O.Carm. provide insight into the importance of preparing for transition. Alf Norwood introduced the seminar by explaining the physiological effects of aging, which he then followed by sharing preventative measures to assist in aging well. The concepts of neuroplasticity and neurogenesis were presented to illustrate the science behind taking a proactive approach toward aging. He explained, "Over time, your neurons restructure and rewire to recognize reality. The old neurons don't go away, but you build new neurons—new scaffolding. When you look at transitions, you have the opportunity to build that scaffolding and address the issues beforehand so you can avoid stress and potential depression."
The College of Saint Rose of Albany, NY has been sending social workers to the Carmelite Sisters’ Motherhouse for over a decade to enhance their education on the care for the elderly. Each year, AIG’s director and Saint Rose faculty collaborate with the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm to lead a two-day workshop to teach the students about end-of-life issues, dementia and the admission process in long-term care. As millennials will soon become the dominant generation in America’s workforce, it is important to help them understand and carry on the mission of compassionate, person-centered care held by the Carmelites.
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