On May 12, 2011, the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling at HUC-JIR/New York and NYU Silver School of Social Work co-sponsored an interfaith, interdisciplinary Roundtable exploring the growing impact that aging baby boomers will have upon society and the ways in which social service agencies and religious institutions will need to respond.
Nineteen individuals, engaged as clergy, mental health professionals, social workers, social service providers, and funders, gathered to discuss issues of early aging (60-75). As a discussion among leaders in the field, the participants at the Roundtable interacted through a series of brief presentations and focused discussions on issues ranging from kinship patterns and story to end-of-life decision making. The Roundtable ended with the participants generating a list of suggestions for next steps and further discussion.
Rabbi Nancy H. Wiener, Director of the Blaustein Center, and Drs. Dina Rosenfield and Eileen Wolkstein of NYU Silver School of Social Work, are looking forward to future collaborations.