Community Program: Alzheimer's Or Dementia Diagnosis, Where Do You Start?

Date: July 19, 2018
Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location:  Show map The Kensington
100 Maple Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601
Phone: 914-220-4259

This is an interactive discussion for caregivers, spouses, and those diagnosed. Learn how to navigate the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia and leave with information to assist you or your loved one. Caregiving will also be addressed in this workshop, including who will take care of the memory impaired individual now and in the future? Resources for you to take home will be included and lunch will be served.

This interactive discussion will focus on four key areas:

  • Communication – Do you tell the person who was just diagnosed with the disease? Should you tell friends and family members? How do you tell others? How can you be a friend to someone with memory loss?
  • Financial – Legal aspects of mental capacity including Power of Attorney, a Will, timescale, and choosing a lawyer.
  • Medical Issues– Navigating the medical arena of physicians, testing, and more.
  • Driving – When and how to have the “I’m taking away the keys” talk.


  • 11:30-12:00 – Registration & Lunch
  • 12:00-12:45 – Interactive Workshop, Breakaway Groups
  • 12:45-1:00 – Wrap Up

Presented by:

Gillian Rittmaster, LMSW, is the Coordinator of the Pathways to Care (PTC) program at Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS). She serves as the Bereavement Coordinator for WJCS where she facilitates support groups as well as provides individual counseling. As a Care Consultant, Gillian works with family members caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. She is an active member of the Bereavement Professionals Group of Westchester and Fairfield Counties as well as the Cancer Coalition of Westchester. Gillian has a Master of Social Work from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Heidi Weiss, LMSW, is a licensed social worker and health advocate whose professional focus has been providing supportive services to individuals and families facing serious, chronic debilitating and life limiting illnesses through a palliative lens at Westchester Jewish Community Services. Heidi has created several support groups for patients and families struggling with their diagnosis in addition to spearheading new initiatives and presenting workshops and webinars. Heidi also serves in an adjunct faculty position for Fordham Graduate School of Social Services, the Sarah Lawrence College Master’s Program in Health Advocacy, and the NYU Silver School of Social Work.

Sherry Birnbaum, LCSW, received her master’s degree in Social Work from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. She joined Westchester Jewish Community Services in 1982, as a clinician where she worked with children and adults of all ages who had experienced the death of a loved one. In 2004, Ms. Birnbaum was named the Director of Jewish Programs at WJCS where she continues to develop programs and oversee services for Jewish individuals and families in synagogues, independent and assisted living facilities, and other Jewish gateway institutions in Westchester County.

This is a FREE event, but registration is required by July 16th. RSVP Here.

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