The Arc of Atlantic County hosts a live interactive webcast, "Supporting Individuals with Intellectual and Development-al Disabilities Through Serious Illness, Grief and Loss," on Thursday.

Caregivers and professionals will learn about ethical, medical management and psychosocial issues for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities facing death, grief and loss and how to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who are ill or grieving, as well as their families. National resources for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families also will be discussed.

The webcast is 2 to 4 p.m. at The Arc of Atlantic County, 6550 Delilah Road, Suite 101, Egg Harbor Township.

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Through a partnership with The Arc, the Hospice Foundation of America and other organizations, the webcast is being offered nationally to help caregivers, clergy members, nurses, social workers, therapists and more on the complex issues surrounding terminal illness, grief and loss among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

"The problem has been they haven't discussed this. How do you feel about getting older? How do you feel about the fact that you can't do what you used to be able to do? We don't talk about that so much," said registered nurse Gail Ward-Kajander. "Secondly, if it gets to the point where you are on a downward trend, I know what we don't discuss is what are their choices. What are their goals for end of life treatment? A lot of times, it's not brought in, and by the time they get to that point, they go to the hospital, and they don't have any choice then."

Those interested should register by Tuesday by contacting Ward-Kajander at 609-485-0800, ext. 210, or email gwardkajander@

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