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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 22, 2001

(Mahwah) — On Wednesday, April 18, Ramapo College of New Jersey will join more than 2,000 organizations across the United States and Canada as a local host for the Hospice Foundation of America’s Eighth Annual Living With Grief Teleconference. “Caregiving and Loss: Family Needs, Professional Responses,” a live-via-satellite video teleconference moderated by Cokie Roberts of ABC News, will examine ways that professionals can better understand and respond to the needs of family caregivers.

Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. in Friends Hall (SC-219). An introduction to the program is scheduled at 1 p.m.; the teleconference will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. A follow-up discussion will run from 4 to 5 p.m. Admission is $10; $8 for Ramapo alumni; free to Ramapo students/faculty/staff. The event is co-sponsored by Rampao’s School of Social Science and Human Services and the UMDNJ/Ramapo College Joint Nursing Programs.

“It is estimated that there are more than 25 million family caregivers in this country providing 80 percent of home care services. In many cases this valuable work is unrecognized,” commented Jack D. Gordon, chairman of the Hospice Foundation of America.”Caregiving is especially challenging for those coping with terminal illness and facing end-of-life decisions. It’s important for healthcare professionals to understand the unique needs of family caregivers and assist them in ways that will provide support and understanding.”

This program will offer insight and practical suggestions for those assisting family caregivers as they respond to the challenges of caregiving, make critical end-of-life decisions, and cope with their grief. In addition to moderator Cokie Roberts, the program will feature a distinguished panel of experts, with a special message from former First Lady Rosalynn Carter.

The teleconference is produced by Hospice Foundation of America, a non-profit organization that works to educate healthcare professionals and the families they serve in issues relating to terminal illness, grief and bereavement. The program is sponsored in part by a grant from the Foundation for End of Life Care, Project on Death in America of the Open Society Institute, and in cooperation with the Association for Death Education and Counseling and The Compassionate Friends. The annual broadcast reaches an estimated live audience of 150,000 people nationwide.

Roberts will moderate the two-and-one-half-hour panel discussion. The panel will include Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, Lutheran minister and professor of gerontology at the College of New Rochelle; Bernice Catherine Harper, MSW, medical care advisor of the Health Care Financing Administration; Carol Levine, MA, director of the Families and Health Care Project of the United Hospital Fund; Susan Reinhard, RN, PhD, executive director of the Center for Medicare Education, Institute for the Future of Aging Services; and Myrl Weinberg, CAE, president of the National Health Council.

NOTE: News media are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Patricia Hunt Perry, (201) 684-7625.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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