Taped Tuesday, October 4 at Belmont Media Center,
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Guest panelists, Annette Nicolas, Joan Ruffels, and Marjie Sokoll explored the spiritual dimension of respite and the caregiver experience. Often ignored with our society’s emphasis on physical and mental health, the spiritual aspect of our caregiving experience also requires nurturing and support to sustain us as spiritually healthy beings. This show’s panel will share their expertise in pastoral care, yoga, Reiki, and other healing practices as together we explore how we can support ourselves and others in more holistic caregiving.
Annette Moyer Nicolas is a chaplain and advocate for innovative and meaningful support for people experiencing dementia, and places a particular priority on
spiritual support. A pioneer in the field of creative faith-based support throughout the experience of dementia, Annette founded the Cheerful Spirit™ program, a casual and welcoming gathering for faith sharing developed specifically for memory care communities. She has been working in memory care communities for 7 years and, in addition to Cheerful Spirit™, also provides support through creative writing workshops, church services, and private visits. Annette’s approach to memory care champions authentic relationship-building and whole body participation through the senses and imagination. Annette received her undergraduate degree in Fine Art from Moravian College and her Master’s degree in Divinity from Boston College. She is a Lay Eucharistic Minister in the Episcopal Church, is active in interfaith community events, and is a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains and the Spiritual Care Association.
Joan Ruffels has recently encountered a sea of caregivers adrift in community as they navigate increasing responsibilities with what seems to be a missing anchor: spiritual connection. She envisions developing innovative programs that address needs for physical, emotional and spiritual
wholeness through blending her background in anthropology, occupational therapy and yoga with teachings gleaned from wisdom keepers.
Joan has home and world schooled her family, worked with marginalized populations in the US and various countries, has started and managed businesses, coordinated memory cafes, is caregiving for a family member, and is in the process completing yoga teacher training (that she began 22 years ago!). She is also launching international wellness retreats, the next one in February, Sacred St. Lucia: A Yoga Retreat for Body, Mind and Soul. Please see http://banyantreeyoganh.com/st-lucia-retreat/ to sign up or for more information. She will also be speaking in April at the Project Worldschool International Family Summit in Mexico. Please see http://projectworldschool.com/family-summit/mexico-family-project-world-school-summit-2017/ to join or for more information.
Marjorie U. Sokoll, MEd, Director of Spirituality and Aging, is the founder and director of JF&CS Betty Ann Greenbaum Miller Center for Jewish Healing. Marjie also provides oversight for the JF&CSAlzheimer’s/Related Disorders Family Support Program, spiritual support for the JF&CS Charlotte & Richard Okonow Parkinson’s Family Support Program, and is a founding partner at the Kalsman Institute for Judaism and Health. Marjie earned degrees in sociology and social work from Boston University and Tel Aviv University respectively, a graduate degree in counseling from Northeastern University, and holds a certificate of thanatology from The National Center for Death Education