In this episode of the Seekers of Meaning Podcast, the guest is Rabbi Cary Kozberg, director of Side By Side, which offers support for families and caregivers of older adults who themselves are coping with “caregiver stress.”
About the Guest
For 25 years, Cary Kozberg served as Director of Religious Life at Wexner Heritage Village, a senior care facility in Columbus, Ohio. In that capacity, he developed innovative religious and spiritual programming, as part of WHV’s overall program of holistic care. As an integral part of WHV’s Interdisciplinary Care and Continuing Education teams, he helped hundreds of individuals—residents, staff and family members— to better understand the spiritual and emotional aspects of growing old and frail. Cary is a Board Certified Chaplain and a member of the National Association of Jewish Chaplains, having received that organization’s “Chaplain of the Year” award in 2012. An ordained Rabbi, he received his Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters and Rabbinical Ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
A published author and poet, he has presented workshops and seminars around the country, and is a nationally recognized resource on the particular spiritual, emotional and psychological challenges that face persons with dementia and their families. Cary is a Past Chair of the Forum on Religion Spirituality and Aging, a constituent group of the American Society on Aging and a past editor of the Forum’s quarterly newsletter.
His many publications include Honoring Broken Tablets: A Jewish Approach to Dementia (Jewish Lights Publishing), “The Whole World is Full of God’s Glory” in Broken Fragments: Jewish Experiences of Alzheimer’s Disease through Diagnosis, Adaptation, and Moving On, edited by Rabbi Douglas Kohn (URJ Press) and Flourishing In The Later Years: Jewish Pastoral Perspectives on Senior Residential Care, co-edited with Rabbi James Michaels (Mazo Publishing).