People facing Alzheimer’s and dementia often turn to their Rabbis or other members of their synagogues for emotional and spiritual support. People who have Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, especially those raised in religious households, are uplifted by worship services and visits. They often have the desire to continue to partake in spiritual activities.
Below you will find materials and information providing insight into the Alzheimer's journey through the Jewish perspective.
Shedding Light on Alzheimer's: A Jewish Perspective: The Journey Continues
Shedding Light on Alzheimer's: The Journey Continues is a Jewish community education program for caregivers and supporters of families facing Alzheimer's disease, memory loss or dementia. Several topics are available attendees will pre-register for two:
Navigating Stages of Care
Caring for the Caregiver
Maintaining Relationships and Being a Support
Check back for new dates!
Shedding Light on Alzheimer's: A Jewish Perspective
On Sunday, June 5, 2016, the Alzheimer's Association Greater Missouri Chapter partnered with the St. Louis Rabbinical Association to discuss Judaism, Jewish life and Alzheimer's. The clips below are from the event.
Clip 1: Featuring Alzheimer's Association Faith Outreach Ambassador Marsha Grazman and George Grossberg, MD, Professor, Department of Neurology and Psychiatry at Saint Louis University
Clip 2: Featuring Rabbi Richard Address, D. Min., Founder and Director of Jewish Sacred Aging.
Clip 3: Rabbi Address' breakout session featuring Q&A
This program funded in part by the Women's Auxiliary Foundation for Jewish Aged, a supporting foundation of Jewish Federation of St. Louis.
Resources Recommended by Rabbi Address
- Where Healing Resides/Mishkan Refuah: CCAR Press (OR Amazon)
- Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death Irvin D. Yalom (Available through Amazon)
- Alive Inside - Documentary on DVD (Available through Amazon)
- Aging Together by Susan and John McFadden (Available through Amazon)
- Seasons of Caring Meditations for Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregivers by Clergy against Alzheimer’s. (Available through Amazon)
In the News
Event to explore Jewish perspective on Alzheimer’s by St. Louis Jewish Light
Susie Spitzer Kinsella: Giving back is common denominator among wide variety of service projects by St. Louis Jewish Light
Aging Population Challenges Alzheimer's Caregivers by St. Louis Jewish Light
Nick of Time (featuring Marsha Grazman) by St. Louis Jewish Light
Program targets families of Alzheimer’s patients (Focus on Care Consultations) by St. Louis Jewish Light
Faith Outreach Program
Connect your congregation to support and services by becoming a Faith Outreach Ambassador. Learn more about this volunteer opportunity here.
Direct Connect Referral Form
If you or someone you know is showing signs of memory loss, please fill out and submit our online Direct Connect Form. The online form is secure and HIPAA compliant created through Mediprocity. Once received, the Alzheimer's Association will contact the referred individual within two weeks or two business days if urgent and assist with immediate needs. The Association will continue to serve the client with future needs as they arise.
The form cannot be submitted anonymously and must have the consent of the individual it is referring.