What we offer

Aging Specific Resources

We mirror HHCI by offering education, training, supportive services, and research; yet all geared towards the physical, mental, spiritual and relational health of those community members 65 years and older and their families. 

Care for the Caregivers

We provide a unique continuum of services for caregivers as they navigate the health and human services needs of loved ones who suffer from dementia – from diagnosis to end-of-life.

Guidance and Support

We focus on providing support for those experiencing loss and grief. Our health care ethics committee also provides guidance to families confronted with chronic illnesses and complex treatment options.

General services
Community Healthcare Ethics Consultation Service (CHECS)

To help individuals and families to address questions regarding health care planning for serious or terminal illnesses, we offer a Community Healthcare Ethics Consultation Service (CHECS).

Medical care continues to become more complex, and it is sometimes difficult to understand different care plan options, especially when facing a serious illness. What would you do if you were asked to make a treatment decision for someone who is not able to speak for themselves?

If you are in the hospital, there are many resources, including the ethics committee or ethics consultation service.  If your loved one is not in the hospital, it may be difficult to understand the available care plans. In response, we offer CHECS to serve as a resource for people facing serious illnesses or caregivers.

If you or your loved one needs help in considering the ethical aspects of health care plans, please contact us.  Our health care ethics committee consists of more than twenty people from various walks of life, including doctors, nurses, clergy/chaplains, social workers, and lay persons.  Representatives from the committee will meet with you, your family members, and other members of your support system to consider the information that you have been given.  The services we provide are strictly advisory – you and your family will still make all health care decisions but with additional insights, it may make this process easier for you.

Healthcare Ethics Education

Education regarding healthcare ethics is available to clergy, medical professionals, and community members. Contact us today to learn more.

Informational Programs on Aging

We offer informational and educational programming throughout the year focusing on general aging issues such as healthcare, legal, living, and financial, as well as specific concerns such as advance care planning, caregiving, and mental decline. View calendar.

Support Groups and Individual Coaching

We offer support groups and individual coaching on both aging and grief issues. Contact us today to learn more.

  • Monthly Virtual Grief Support Group
    We offer a virtual grief support group that meets once a month, typically on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.
  • Monthly In-Person Grief Support Group
    We offer an in-person grief support group that meets once a month, typically on the 4th Wednesday of the month.
Research Projects Regarding Aging and Ethics

Currently, several research projects addressing doctor/patient communication, community dialogues, and nurse empowerment are in place or being considered. Contact us today to learn more.


Help! I Need to Downsize – What Do I Do?

Join us as Sharon Staley, FASID, RID, from Staley Interiors, as she talks about different ways of approaching the challenge of downsizing.

Aging with Grace: Paying for Aging

Preparing for our lives as we get older requires understanding the costs that arise and how to plan. Learn more with Dr. Peggy Determeyer.

Aging with Grace: Understanding Living Options

Learn more about living arrangements as we age and what our options will be, both inside and outside our home, with Dr. Peggy Determeyer.

Aging with Grace: Health Care Rights & Responsibilities

Join the important discussion on health care rights and responsibilities for you and your loved ones as we age, with Dr. Peggy Determeyer.

Aging with Grace: Legal Concerns of Aging

Learn about the legal concerns that will come as we age and how we can prepare as well as assist our loved ones, with Dr. Peggy Determeyer.

Eating Matters: How Do We Use Food to Fuel Our Bodies? – Webinar

Join Dr. Reeta Achari, MD, a neurologist, as she discusses the connection between food, fueling our bodies, and different health issues.

The Ombudsman Program: Protecting Loved Ones in Long-term Care – Webinar

Learn about how an Ombudsman can partner with you in protecting your loved ones in long-term care, with Greg Shelley.

Ways of Transforming Through Wilderness: Pandemic, Loss, Grief – Webinar

Learn about how to understand your body’s response to various types of loss and grief, and how to heal, with Rev. Dr. Tim VanDuivendyk.

The Pointer Study: Evaluating Risk for Cognitive Decline in United States – Webinar

Learn about The Alzheimer’s Association U.S. Study to Protect Brain Health Through Lifestyle Intervention to Reduce Risk (U.S. POINTER).

Helpful Readings and Resources
Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia
Dr. Peggy L. Determeyer

For additional information, contact

Dr. Peggy L. Determeyer
McGee Fellow and Director,
C.A.R.E.S. pdetermeyer@hhci.org
713-871-1004 Ext. 206

Seth M. Stander, MAHL Community Aging Specialist

Rabbi Seth M. Stander, MAHL
Community Aging Specialist
C.A.R.E.S. sstander@hhci.org
713-871-1004 Ext. 627

Seth M. Stander, MAHL Community Aging Specialist

Dr. Determeyer’s Publications

  • Primary author with Howard Brody, “Medical Futility: Content in the Context of Care” in Palliative Care and Ethics, edited by Timothy E. Quill and Franklin G. Miller. Oxford University Press. 2014.
  • Primary author with Julie Kutac, “Touching the Spirit: Re-enchanting the Person in the Body” in Journal of Religion and Health, February 2018.
  • Primary author with Jerome Crowder, “Community Dialogues” in Social Research Methods. Oxford Press, September 2019.
  • Co-author with Jerome Crowder, “Optimizing Community Bioethics Dialogues: Engaging the Populace with Health Care Concerns.” Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics 9, no. 3 (2019).
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