The inaugural Loraine Halis Family Caregiver Conversation Series was held on November 5 in the Dorene Scolnic Training Center.

This series is dedicated to the memory of Loraine Halis, and was introduced by her daughter, Dorene Scolnic. Dorene is a social worker, and served as the primary caregiver for her mother.

This annual event is designed to educate caregivers and provide an evening of thoughtful conversation about caregiving issues. The series launched with a program entitled “Reducing Caregiver Stress: The Value of Mindful Meditation” and was attended by more than 60 caregivers who participate in CaringKind programs.

Jed A. Levine moderated the conversation between Dr. Patricia Bloom, Clinical Associate Professor of Geriatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and Joan Griffiths Vega, a support group leader at CaringKind who is also trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. The program included a demonstration of mindful meditation techniques that caregivers could implement at home to help reduce stress. A reception followed the program.

On October 19, members of The Kelly Gang met to celebrate the dedication of The Kelly Gang, Inc. Training Room in the third floor program center.
The Mike LaGorga Caregiver Lounge, located in the heart of the third floor program center, offers caregivers and other clients a comfortable and welcoming environment to socialize, or spend a moment of respite or relaxation.