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Dementia and Unacknowledged Grief

Grief is the constant yet hidden companion of dementia. Many caregivers are so focused on the practical demands of taking care of a person that they often don’t recognize their own sadness and the impact that unaddressed grief is having on them. These feelings can start with the very first symptoms they begin to see in their loved one. Nina Poletika, LMFT, will talk about the disenfranchisement of grieving for someone who is still alive but constantly changing. She will also address how the progressive loss of a person that you have shared your life with, particularly spouses and life partners, can result in loneliness and difficult shift in identity.

This presentation is geared toward those who are personally interested in learning more about unacknowledged grief as well as for professionals.

Event Information


Thursday, September 19, 2013


5:30—6:00 pm Networking &


6:00—7:00 pm Presentation

Followed by Q & A


Silverado Senior Living—Library

1301 Ralston Ave

Belmont, CA 94002

Please RSVP by

Tuesday, September 17, 2013:


[email protected]

Presenter’s Bio

Nina Poletika, LMFT, CT, maintains a general private practice in Palo Alto, where she specializes in both working with people who have a loved one living with dementia as well as issues of bereavement and death/dying. In addition, she teaches Dementia related courses through the Continuing Education department at John F. Kennedy University for mental health professionals, social workers, and nurses. Nina holds Certification in Grief & Loss from

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