Ninth Annual Interfaith Workshop for Chaplains and Other Clergy
Addressing Spiritual Care with Persons with Dementia and Their Families

Mindfulness: Ancient Practice for Today’s Elders with Dementia and Their Families


Tuesday, April 19, 2016
9:00 AM – 4 PM
(A complementary continental breakfast and lunch will be provided)


360 Lexington Avenue, 3rd Floor
(between 40 & 41 Streets)
New York, NY 10017


Linda Centeno
(646) 744–2923

Seating is limited and advance registration is required.

There is no fee to attend this workshop, which is supported in part, by a grant from the NY State Department of Health, and the Herman Goldman Foundation.


Jed A. Levine, Executive Vice President, Director, Programs and Services, CaringKind will help chaplains understand the symptoms and progression of the disease, and provide an update on research, policy and resources.

Patricia A. Bloom, MD, a Clinical Associate Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, where she served as Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and Director of Integrative Health for Martha Stewart Center for Living. Lucia McBee, LCSW, MPH, has adapted mindfulness based programs for frail elders, staff and family caregivers for the past 20 years in a variety of settings. Mindfulness-Based Elder Care, her book describing her work with elders and caregivers, was published in 2008. Dr. Bloom and Ms. McBee will provide insights into improving the quality of life for persons with dementia and their family caregivers using mindfulness and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to improve the quality of life in community, hospital and nursing home settings.

“Special Guest” Joan Griffiths Vega, trained in MBSR and co-teaches Caregiver Mindful Stress Reduction workshops with Patricia Bloom, MD. Joan will share her experiences as a family caregiver, an MBSR teacher and a Support Group Leader for CaringKind.

(Rev.) Kei Okada, MDiv, BCC, the Lead Spiritual Care Counselor at Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice and Palliative Care is an ordained minister of American Baptist Churches USA. He is also a Board Certified Chaplain with the Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc. (BCCI) and a member of Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). Kei’s session “Blessing Connections, Connecting Stories” will draw on his many years of providing spiritual care to persons with dementia.

Jim Siegel, Executive Vice President, Health Care Chaplaincy Network will provide an update on new information and initiatives to enhance spiritual care across settings.

Rev. Gregory Johnson, SMM, MDIV, President and CEO of GJP International, Inc. (International Family Caregiving) and Senior Advisor for Family Caregiving, Office of the CEO-EmblemHealth, is a NYC Ambassador for Family Caregiving and is expanding his work focusing on the “Spirituality of Family Caregiving” through his corporation, GJP Int’l Inc, and the soon to be launched International Center for Family Caregivers/Carers based in NYC and Bali, Indonesia.