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Rebuilding Lives For Over 80 Years

American Friends of Reuth requests the pleasure of your company at a reception to benefit

Reuth Rehabilitation Hospital’s


for the treatment of eating disorders

Sunday, March 11, 2018 at ten thirty in the morning at the home of David and Jodi Pollack 1027 Westwood Road Woodmere, NY 11598 RSVP to or 212-751-9255

GUEST SPEAKERS Dr. Dov Albukrek Director General of Reuth Rehabilitation Hospital

Amir Zendakovich Director of the Agam Institute Head of Rehabilitation Psychology Unit Reuth Rehabilitation Hospital

Each year in Israel over 1,500 new cases of eating disorders are diagnosed.

Rebuilding Lives For Over 80 Years

Israel's Ministry of Health has turned to the Agam Institute for Eating Disorders at the Reuth Rehabilitation Hospital in Tel Aviv to expand its facility and create the largest intensive day treatment therapy program in Israel. Please join us for an informative brunch and discussion with the Director General of Reuth Rehabilitation Hospital, Dr. Dov Albukrek and the Director of the Agam Institute, Amir Zendakovich. With your help, we can offer these patients a life transforming rehabilitation program that will ensure a pathway for long-term physical and psychological recovery. Event Committee: Beth Bengualid ♼ Stephen Wagner ♼ Limor Weinstein For more information visit or call 212-751-9255.

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AGAM INSTITUTE FOR THE TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION OF EATING DISORDERS The Agam Institute specializes in the treatment and rehabilitation of adolescents and adults suffering from anorexia, bulimia, obsessive eating disorders and obesity. The Institute is a dedicated unit, bringing together the best professionals – medical practitioners, psychotherapists, nutritionists, group therapists and family counselors. Agam’s central message is that eating disorders can be treated, and full rehabilitation is possible. Accordingly, the Institute focuses on rehabilitation, recovery, and a return to normal, healthy functioning. Closely collaborating, both professionally and financially, with the Ministry of Health, Agam is the largest outpatient service for eating disorders in central Israel. Agam works in professional collaboration with various centers for the treatment of eating disorders, such as the Sheba Medical Center and Kupat Holim Klalit. In addition to its medical, psychological and nutritional teams, the Institute operates a unit for development, instruction and research, aiming to continually improve treatments and examine their effectiveness. As a community-oriented operation, Agam is also involved in the prevention and treatment of eating disorders in the community, cooperating with community organizations such as WIZO and Saleet (part of a national assistance program for women in prostitution). Reuth Rehabilitation Hospital has agreements with all Israeli health funds, to ensure a continuum of care for all patients suffering from eating disorders, as well as the referral of patients, both adolescents and adults, for diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders.

DIRECTOR OF AGAM INSTITUTE: MR. AMIR ZENDAKOVICH With a masters degree in neuropsychology Amir has qualified as a Rehabilitation neuropsychologist, specializing in head injuries, orthopedic injuries, pain disorders and eating disorders.

HOW WE UNDERSTAND EATING DISORDERS Eating disorders are a complex physical-emotional condition, characterized by an obsessive attitude towards weight and being thin. Eating disorders are more frequently found among females, due to the narcissistic value they attribute to beauty and slimness. Lacking an internalized calming mechanism, patients with eating disorders etch their suffering, their psychological distress and the stories of their early lives upon their bodies.

WHOM DO WE TREAT? The Agam Institute diagnoses and treats adolescents and adults suffering from a range of eating disorders, that may stem from different causes, such as: anorexia, bulimia, obsessive eating disorder, eating disorders not otherwise specified (EDNOS) and obesity.

MEN AND EATING DISORDERS Eating disorders are by no means exclusive to females. Just like women, men coping with eating disorders experience distortion in their body image. For some, symptoms can be very similar to those suffered by women.

THE PROCESS OF DIAGNOSIS Diagnosing a patient’s type and degree of eating disorder is carried out via a series of clinical interviews and questionnaires.

TREATMENTS • Medical – Psychiatric treatment includes diagnosis and regular sessions, as well as medication when needed. • Psychological – Agam’s psychologists all have rich professional backgrounds, with specific specialization in treating eating disorders via psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and art therapy methods. • Nutritional – Nutritional treatment is provided by a team of clinical dieticians with considerable experience in treating eating disorders. Nutritional treatment includes building a healthy, wellbalanced, nourishing diet, providing a set of cognitive-behavioral tools for controlling eating behaviors, and monitoring the patient’s blood tests and general state of health. • Family support – As patients undergo a process of rehabilitation, their families and parents can also receive guidance and support. Such counseling enables the family to help the patient on the way to recovery. Parents whose child is not being treated at Agam may also receive individual counseling or group therapy at the Institute. • Psychodrama group – Conducted within the safe therapeutic environment, this workshop addresses eating disorders through dramatic and theatrical tools – such as role-playing, writing and more. • Art therapy group – Eating disorders are a way of expressing distress that has found no other voice. Art therapy enables patients to touch their pain from a safe, protected place, and relive their personal stories in order to change them. • Movement therapy group – People with eating disorders often experience their physical bodies in a negative way. Some even have a distorted image of the body, its boundaries and its sensations. Movement is a non-verbal form of communication that facilitates the expression and processing of feelings and thoughts. Thus, for patients with eating disorders, movement therapy can enhance body awareness, and reinforce confidence and faith in the body. • Cognitive-behavioral therapy group – An active means for teaching patients new skills. The group focuses on developing an in-depth understanding of the eating disorder and behavioral patterns associated with it. Participants learn techniques, like keeping daily and weekly records, and perform special exercises as ‘homework’ between sessions. • Parents’ group – Agam offers a guidance and support program for parents of young people with eating disorders, providing them with information and instruction. The program targets parents who… • Have a son/daughter with an eating disorder • Fear that their child has an eating disorder, and seek guidance • Seek advice because their son/daughter refuses treatment

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