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 Avila Institute was recently featured in Catholic Health World about our assessment that addresses the needs of the aging religious communities it serves. “Care Transitions Assessment: A Community Tool for Addressing Care Concerns” is a 54-page workbook-style guide that is designed to help religious Sisters and Brothers age safely in place with their community, according to their preference. The Tool covers everything from rating a community members’ proficiency at activities of daily living, to finding grant assistance in funding and to equip homes with adequate assistive devices.
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