Christian Health Center Professionals to Present at Lecture Series

 Care Conversations: Our Aging Parents “Mental Health and Aging”

Christian Health Care Center (CHCC), Van Dyk Health Care, The Wyckoff Family YMCA, and the Wyckoff Board of Health are jointly presenting the fifth in a series titled Care Conversations: Our Aging Parents … “Mental Health and Aging: Just Forgetful or Dementia? Alzheimer’s and Dementia” from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, May 20, at the Wyckoff YMCA, Lower Level, Room PR 5, 691 Wyckoff Ave., in Wyckoff. Panelists are Ehab Tuppo, MD, Geriatrician, The Valley Hospital; Howard Gilman, MD, Psychiatrist, CHCC; and Ellen DeBel, RN, Director of Health Services, The Longview Assisted Living Residence at CHCC. The Moderator is Bart Mongiello, LCSW, Director, Christian Health Care Counseling Center and the Ramapo Ridge Partial Program at CHCC.

Dr. Tuppo is a board-certified internist and fellowship-trained geriatrician with interests in aging and memory loss/dementia. He attended undergraduate and graduate school at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, and medical school at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. He has a master’s degree in public health from UMDNJ/Rutgers in Piscataway. He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and has a private practice in Hawthorne. Dr. Gilman is the Medical Executive of CHCC. He is a practicing psychiatrist with special interests in both geriatric psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin and did his residency training at Cornell University Medical College – New York Hospital, Westchester Division. He is board-certified in adult psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry.

Mrs. DeBel has been with CHCC in a variety of capacities for more than 30 years. She began her career as a nursing assistant and has also worked as a staff nurse, Assistant Vice President of Nursing Services, Relief Supervisor, Staff Development Instructor, and Infection Control Nurse. She currently serves as Director of Health Services at The Longview Assisted Living Residence. She has also served as a consultant to other long-term care facilities on a variety of topics, including staff development, employee health, infection control, and personnel issues. In addition, she has done a number of speaking engagements on topics including Alzheimer’s disease and nutrition and physical fitness for the elderly.

Mr. Mongiello has been at CHCC for more than 15 years and has worked in the mental-health field for 25 years working with a variety of different patient populations. The outpatient department works with people of all ages and mental-health concerns, working frequently with the elderly population providing assessments and ongoing care.

The Ramapo Ridge Partial Program is dedicated to people of all ages, developing a treatment plan devoted to wellness and recovery. It is a short term-program devoted to managing crisis related mental-health issues.

“We are fortunate to have so many talented staff at Christian Health Care Center who can lend their expertise on a variety of topics,” said Douglas A. Struyk, CPA, LNHA, CHCC President and CEO. “We look for opportunities to partner with other

organizations to provide education and services to the community.”

The panel of experts will answer questions about the topics you want to learn about: resistance and anger, depression and substance abuse, personality disorders, and options for dementia care. The first four Care Conversations programs welcomed anywhere from 50 to 75 community members interested in learning about each series’ topics. The next Care Conversations program is Thursday, June 12, and the topic is “Relief for the Caregiver.”

Pre-registration is required. Register at or call Cindy at (201) 891-7000, ext. 304. Please provide specific questions or topics at the time of registration to assure that the panel addresses the topics most pertinent to our audience. Our format will devote most of our time together to question and answer sessions.


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