In this episode of the Seekers of Meaning Podcast, we conclude a three-part series on Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Southern New Jersey with Rebecca Rosenau, MSW, LCSW, CDP, CADDCT, Associate Director of Senior Services and Director of Advocacy & Senior Services Outreach.
Correction: In the podcast, Rebecca describes the ongoing monthly Memory Café program and gives an incorrect date for the program. It actually takes place on the second Thursday of the month, not the first.
About the Guest
Rebecca Rosenau is a licensed clinical social worker, and a graduate from The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice, with a concentration in clinical social work. Rebecca is a geriatric and adult social worker with over ten years of work with individual clients. She has a background in advocacy, case management, and facilitating support groups, with particular experience in oncology, hospice, grief, and loss. Rebecca became credentialed as a certified dementia practitioner and certified Alzheimer’s disease dementia care trainer in 2015, with a great deal of focus on work with caregivers. Additionally, Rebecca is an approved clinical supervisor for her peers, and has facilitated workshops as well as attended ongoing training in the areas of getting your affairs in order, navigating the maze of aging-related resources, dementia behaviors and challenges, crisis prevention, trauma, anticipatory grief, anxiety, depression, and life transitions. Rebecca has been in the role of JFCS Associate Director of Senior Services since 2014.
In her own words: Whether you are facing age-related matters yourself, or confronting them in a caregiving relationship, internal and outside stressors are better managed when you feel less alone. By facilitating conversation and developing positive coping mechanisms, as well as skills in self advocacy and care, one is able to better face reality, as well as plan for the future. For some, struggles are short-term and can be resolved. For others, long-term or life-long disadvantages can be supported through an interdisciplinary approach, not relying solely on the medical world, but seeking a sounding board and opportunity to process options. Being given the chance to replace negative thoughts, learn relaxation techniques, and feel empowered to face every day functioning and emotions, a person’s outlook can be improved and better regulated.
Previous programs in this series
A conversation with Suzi Abrams, Patient Partners Program Coordinator
A conversation with Marla Meyers, executive director of Samost Jewish Family & Childrens Service of Southern New Jersey.