December 17, 2020

Faith and Dementia


UsAgainstAlzheimer’s A-LIST research has found that the majority of people living with dementia and caregivers rely on religious faith to help them cope. In our December Alzheimer’s Talks, we explore the role of faith and spiritual life for those living with dementia and family caregivers, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also examine the role of churches, synagogues and other faith communities in ministering to and educating members about dementia and brain health, and in creating dementia-friendly faith communities.

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Joining host Meryl Comer are Dr. Pernessa Seele, founder of The Balm In Gilead, which empowers faith communities to deliver programs eliminating health disparities in brain health and other areas; Rabbi Israel de la Piedra, director of spiritual care at Miami Jewish Health Systems; former caregiver, retired Bishop Kenneth Carder, who advises the United Methodist Church on dementia; and Virginia Biggar, who leads UsAgainstAlzheimer's faith community outreach. We also listen to part of a conversation with The Rev. Tracey Lind, a retired Episcopal priest living with frontotemporal dementia; journalist and UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Board member Greg O’Brien, living with early onset Alzheimer’s; and caregiver-advocate Daisy Duarte, who has a strong genetic risk for Alzheimer’s.