PROGRAMS

Sibling Issues and Caregiving at a Distance

Date: August 20, 2019

Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: Knollwood Baptist Church

Presented by the Wake Forest Baptist Memory Counseling Program.  Speaker:  Alyssa Szymanski Botte, MA, MDiv, LPCA

Program Overview:

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.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify and communicate individuals wants, needs, and frustrations with siblings
  2. Begin negotiating and managing family conflicts
  3. Determine when outside professional assistance might be helpful in addressing sibling conflict regarding parents’ care
  4. Locate and communicate effectively with professional assistance and providers over long distance

Speaker Bio:

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.

ACAP Winston-Salem Upcoming Programs

ACAP Winston-Salem provides information, resources, support and community for adult children as they care for their aging parents and for themselves. ACAP Winston-Salem meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 5:30-7:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall, Building B, of Knollwood Baptist Church (330 Knollwood Drive, Winston-Salem 27104), unless otherwise noted. While the free monthly educational programs are designed for adult-child caregivers, programs are open to all. Advance registration is requested to facilitate planning. To register for ACAP Winston-Salem programs, please email acapwinstonsalem@gmail.com or call (336) 652-0474.

Sibling Issues and Caregiving at a Distance

Date: August 20, 2019

Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: Knollwood Baptist Church

Presented by the Wake Forest Baptist Memory Counseling Program.  Speaker:  Alyssa Szymanski Botte, MA, MDiv, LPCA

Program Overview:

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.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify and communicate individuals wants, needs, and frustrations with siblings
  2. Begin negotiating and managing family conflicts
  3. Determine when outside professional assistance might be helpful in addressing sibling conflict regarding parents’ care
  4. Locate and communicate effectively with professional assistance and providers over long distance

Speaker Bio:

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.

Driving, Aging and Safety

Date: September 17, 2019

Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: Knollwood Baptist Church

Speaker TBA

Long Term Care Insurance and Medicaid

Date: October 15, 2019

Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: Knollwood Baptist Church

Speaker:  Bailey Liipfert, Certified Elder Law Attorney, Liipfert Law Group

Caregiving in the Age of Technology

Date: November 19, 2019

Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: Knollwood Baptist Church

Speaker:  Paul Eklund, ATP-  NC  Department of Health and Human Services

Finding the Joy in Caregiving

Date: December 17, 2019

Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: Knollwood Baptist Church

Speaker TBA

Program Location (unless otherwise specified)


Fellowship Hall, Building B, of Knollwood Baptist Church
330 Knollwood Drive
Winston-Salem 27104

Upcoming Events

Sibling Issues and Caregiving at a Distance

Date: August 20, 2019

Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Driving, Aging and Safety

Date: September 17, 2019

Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Long Term Care Insurance and Medicaid

Date: October 15, 2019

Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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