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14th Annual Healthcare Symposium Hosted by Charles E. Smith Life Communities

Annual Event Focuses on Senior Care and Support for Clinicians and Caregivers

On April 18, 2024, in ROCKVILLE, Md., Charles E. Smith Life Communities (CESLC), in partnership with Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, unveiled details about the 14th annual Sara and Samuel J. Lessans Healthcare Symposium. This significant gathering convenes clinicians, caregivers, and industry experts in senior care to exchange insights on the latest research, best practices, and innovations in the sector.

The focal point of this year’s symposium, themed “Embracing Calm: Navigating Anxiety in the Senior Years,” spotlights the crucial issue of addressing and managing anxiety among the elderly, a facet of senior healthcare often overlooked. The event is slated for May 2, running from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Woodmont Country Club, 1201 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD. Attendees can choose to participate either in-person or virtually, ensuring broad access to this vital discourse.

This symposium pays tribute to the legacy of Sara and Samuel J. Lessans and is made possible through the generous backing of Drs. Ellen and Stuart Lessans.

Dr. Elisa Gil-Pires, executive vice president, medical affairs/chief medical officer, and medical director at CESLC, expressed, “We are privileged to bring together top-tier experts and professionals in the senior care field for our annual Sara and Samuel J. Lessans Healthcare Symposium. This platform allows us to exchange knowledge, share best practices, and collaborate on innovative approaches to the challenges faced by older adults and their caregivers.”

The sessions underscore Charles E. Smith Life Communities’ dedication to spearheading discussions on inventive and empathetic healthcare solutions for seniors.

The keynote address will be delivered by Sandeep Jauhar, M.D., Ph.D., a distinguished author, New York Times contributing opinion writer, and practicing cardiologist. Dr. Jauhar will draw from his latest book, “My Father’s Brain” (2023), delving into the emotional and scientific dimensions of brain degeneration based on his personal encounter with his father’s dementia.

The agenda features a series of breakout sessions tailored to offer attendees a deeper insight into anxiety disorders, the convergence of dementia and anxiety, the potential of artificial intelligence in elder care, and the advantages of cognitive behavior therapy.

The symposium will wrap up with a luncheon featuring Serena Jain, a mindfulness-based stress reduction instructor, and certified integrative health and well-being coach. Jain will delve into the transformative influence of mindfulness in managing anxiety, enhancing concentration, and bolstering overall physical and emotional well-being.

Recognizing the educational significance of the symposium for healthcare professionals, efforts are underway to secure continuing education credits for social workers, nursing home administrators, and nurses. To delve deeper and register, visit [Event Website].

Charles E. Smith Life Communities expresses deep appreciation to sponsor Minkoff Company, Inc., for their invaluable support in bringing this event to fruition.

About CESLC:

Established in 1910 as the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, Charles E. Smith Life Communities (CESLC) is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization catering to over 1,100 older adults. Situated on a 38-acre campus in Rockville, Maryland, CESLC is dedicated to offering residents meaningful connections, intellectual pursuits, artistic expression, active social engagements, and cultural exploration. CESLC provides independent living at Revitz House and Ring House; assisted living at Landow House; memory care at Cohen-Rosen House, along with services encompassing post-acute care and long-term skilled nursing care at Hebrew Home of Greater Washington; medical care at Hirsh Health Center; and temporary shelter and advocacy for victims of elder abuse at the ElderSAFE™ Center.