Talbot Hospice Hosts Expert on Care of Aging Veterans

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Talbot Hospice will present its third annual outreach event March 15, 2018 at 6 p.m. Soul Injury: Liberating Unmourned Loss featuring Deborah Grassman, expert on the unique needs of aging Veterans and author of The Hero Within and Peace at Last. The presentation will be held at the Easton High  School Auditorium and is open to the public, free of charge. Both of Grassman’s books will be offered for sale at the event.

Grassman is a mental health Nurse Practitioner whose career at the Department of Veterans Affairs spanned nearly 30 years where as Director of the Hospice program she personally took care of more than 10,000 dying veterans. She is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts in caring for Veterans nearing the end of life.

Grassman is CEO and co-founder of Opus Peace, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide programs that respond to the soul injury that occurs during trauma, abuse, self-neglect, and serious illness. She is most well-known for her pioneering presentation Wounded Warriors: Their Last Battle which was the first of its kind to identify the unique needs of Veterans as they age. In 2002, she introduced “pinning ceremonies” to honor dying veterans — a ceremony which has now become standard practice in hospices and long-term-care facilities throughout the nation.

Grassman’s presentation is suitable for Veterans and their family members, professionals who serve the Veteran populations including social workers and clinical personnel, or anyone who could benefit from processing unmourned grief and unforgiven guilt.

“We are so pleased to be able to bring someone of Deborah’s caliber to Talbot County,” said Talbot Hospice Executive Director Vivian Dodge. “We are grateful to our presenting sponsors Avon Dixon Agency and Shore United Bank for helping make this a free event for the community.”

Also at the event, local Veteran organizations, agencies, and support groups will be available in the lobby prior to Grassman’s presentation to offer their resources to Veterans and their families. On Friday, March 16, 8 a.m., Grassman will present an abbreviated version of the workshop “Wounded Warriors” at Talbot Hospice for social workers, nurses, and anyone who works with Veterans.

For more information visit TalbotHospice.org/events or call 410-822-6681.

Talbot Hospice Presents Caring for Individuals with Memory Disorders

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Constantine LyketsosOn March 8, 2017, Talbot Hospice will hold its 2nd annual community outreach event Caring for Individuals with Memory Disorders: State of the Art 2017. The featured speaker is Constantine G. Lyketsos, M.D., M.H.S., Interim Director of the Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and world renowned expert in Alzheimer’s and Dementia. The event is open to the public at no cost and will be held at the Easton High School auditorium beginning at 6 p.m. Providers will be available in the lobby for the first half hour to distribute materials and answers questions. The main presentation begins at 6:30, and afterwards a panel will field questions from the audience. Registration can be made online at TalbotHospice.org/events or by calling 410-822-6681. Presenting sponsors are Avon Dixon and Shore United Bank.

“A component of our mission at Talbot Hospice is education and outreach, and we are pleased to be able to bring Dr. Lyketsos’ to Talbot County,” said Executive Director Vivian Dodge. “We have chosen this topic because Alzheimer’s and the other dementias affect a vast portion of our aging population, and we believe that the information will be very helpful to both caregivers and providers in our community. Because of the present regulations governing hospice qualification, Talbot Hospice can only assist in the care of these patients when it has been determined that they have a less than six month life expectancy from whatever cause.”

Head 1An active clinician, teacher, and researcher on the Johns Hopkins faculty since 1993, Dr. Lyketsos’ primary areas of interest are neuropsychiatry and memory disorders. Many of his clinical and research interests are integrated in the Johns Hopkins Memory and Alzheimer’s Center which he founded as a collaborative partnership between the departments of psychiatry, neurology, and geriatric medicine to offer patients comprehensive evaluation and innovative treatment for a range of conditions that affect cognition and memory, including Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, traumatic brain injury, and brain vascular disease. Dr. Lyketsos has carried out pioneering work on the epidemiology and treatment of neuropsychiatric features of Alzheimer’s and related dementias. His interest in traumatic brain injury has led him to leadership roles in military and veteran’s health and collaborations with the NFL Players Association.

Dr. Lyketsos has authored or co-authored over 350 scientific articles, chapters, commentaries, as well as five books. He is the recipient of the 2016 Jack Weinberg Award in Geriatric Psychiatry from the American Psychiatric Association, the 2012 Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, and the 2006 William S. Proxmire Award for “extraordinary leadership in the fight against Alzheimer’s” from the Copper Ridge Institute. Castle-Connolly has named Dr. Lyketsos as one of America’s Top Doctors every year since 2001.

A native of Athens, Greece, Dr. Lyketsos graduated from Northwestern University and Washington University Medical School in St. Louis (1988). He completed residency and chief residency in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins (1988-92), followed by a fellowship in clinical epidemiology.