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Chaplain Julia Rajtar, far right, provides one-on-one visits and leads group services at The Deerfield for six hours each week.

Chaplains meet spiritual needs of aging residents

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Julia Rajtar feels it's important for everyone to express their spirit -- even those with memory loss and dementia.

Rajtar, an employee of Westfields Hospital, is the contracted chaplain at The Deerfield in New Richmond. For six hours each week, she spends time with the elderly residents one-on-one, leading worship service, hosting a Bible study and meeting with a group to discuss transitions.

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"It's amazing how much you can get done in six hours," she said with a smile.

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