Presented by the Wake Forest Baptist Memory Counseling Program. Speaker: Alyssa Szymanski Botte, MA, MDiv, LPCA
While caring for aging parents may offer opportunities for closeness among siblings and other family members, care giving can also present challenges. Although the ideal is for each adult-child to offer his or her particular strengths and participate fully in the care of an aging parent, allowing decisions to be made collaboratively and peacefully with full input from all, it is seldom easy to accomplish.
Similarly, many adult children must provide care from a different city or state, oftentimes more than an hour away from the loved one they are providing care too. While distance presents unique care giving challenges, long distance caregivers can utilize technology, communication skills with providers, strategic visits, as well as caring services (in their location as well as their loved ones’ location) to ensure that all parties are safe, happy, and healthy.
This program is designed to help adult-child caregivers and their families learn to communicate more effectively so they may express their concerns, more appropriate share the workload, make decisions collaboratively, and in general, care for their aging parents as a more balanced family unit. In addition, it is designed to help long distance caregivers learn what services are available and what skills are needed to provide care for an aging parent across distance.
- Identify and communicate individuals wants, needs, and frustrations with siblings
- Begin negotiating and managing family conflicts
- Determine when outside professional assistance might be helpful in addressing sibling conflict regarding parents’ care
- Locate and communicate effectively with professional assistance and providers over long distance
Alyssa Szymanski Botte, MA, MDiv, LPCA, received her Masters of Arts (MA) in clinical mental health counseling and a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) from Wake Forest University in 2017. She works for the Memory Counseling Program at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center as the Dementia Education Coordinator and as a counselor. Alyssa was ordained in 2016 as a minister by the Baptist denomination and is currently a CBF-endorsed pastoral counselor. Her clinical experience includes work with Gentiva Hospice, the WFUBMC Chaplaincy program, and Heartstrings Pregnancy and Infant Loss program. Additionally, she has worked with numerous faith communities as both a minister and as lay leadership in children/youth ministry, preaching, senior adult ministry, and clinical support to clergy members.