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Millennials & Mortality: A Young Adult View on Aging & Death

Hosted by

Arielle Friedtanzer, NYU School of Professional Studies Applied Health, and NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing

Learn about how our work and life experiences in palliative and end-of-life care show us that age doesn’t matter when preparing for death, and how to encourage other millennials to get on board.

Our beliefs and wishes around death are something we often don’t talk about until it’s too late, but as 20- and 30-year olds working in fields related to aging and the end of life, we believe that we’re never too young to start. We will share our experiences, lead small group discussions informed by our unique perspectives and interests, and, of course, schmooze with you over snacks after the event. We can't wait to meet you!

Elana has spent years working in aging services and currently works as the Business Operations Manager for the Adult Day Care Center at The New Jewish Home in Manhattan and the Bronx. Crediting her career to her close relationship with her grandmother Esther, she is passionate and knowledgeable about engaging millennials in end-of-life work, having founded a networking group for emerging professionals in the field of aging.

Sophie is a pediatric palliative care advocate, focusing much of her time and energy over the last six years in Eastern Africa. She has worked with various global palliative and hospice care organizations in order to increase awareness around palliative care, which is significantly underused in both developed and undeveloped countries and has the potential to tremendously improve quality-of-life.

Arielle recently completed an Individualized Master’s degree at NYU, concentrating in Judaic studies, bioethics, and social work, with the goal of becoming an interfaith chaplain. She is interested in helping families and communities engage in value-based conversations about the end of life, in an effort to reduce stigma around aging and death.


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