The Caregiver Community

Family Dynamics with Alyssa Szymanski Botte

Family dynamics are built on decades of history between parents and children as well as between siblings. Care for an aging parent sometimes prompts unresolved family issues to the surface. While taking care of mom and dad is a wonderful idea, collaborative caregiving can be a minefield of implicit and explicit expectations, assumptions, and history within the family. This podcast will help listeners explore ways to establish a more balanced family unit and learn strategies for strengthening the family as they care for aging parents and other aging loved ones.

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Technology for Seniors with January Brown

This episode of the Caregiver Community shares insight about current technology that is helpful for seniors and their families. Listeners will learn about “low tech” and “high tech” resources and devices that are helpful for seniors and their caregivers, in general; technology that can be particularly supportive for those caring for a loved one with dementia; strategies for encouraging seniors to become comfortable with the resources; and ways to learn about technology applicable to one’s specific situation.

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Dr. Mary Berge – “How to Stay Sane During COVID-19”

Dr. Mary B. Berge a Licensed Clinical Psychologist joins this episode of The Caregiver Community. Dr. Berge talks about how to stay sane during COVID-19, with tips on how to manage this and other stressful times in your life.

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Mary Mitchell, Area Agency on Aging (Hickory, NC)

Mary Mitchell, Family Caregiver Support Specialist from the Area Agency on Aging answers the plea, who can help me take care of my loved one? Mary also presents practical tips and insights to the audience.

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*Audio note: This recording is taken from a Zoom presentation*

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The Caregiver Community: Difficult Conversations

In this episode of The Caregiver Community, Dr. Amy Lorek of The Center for Healthy Aging at Penn State University and Jill Curtis of the Greater PA Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association discuss how to approach difficult conversations that adult children are faced with having with their aging parents. The two discuss insights and resources on how to make these conversations easier and productive.

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The Caregiver Community: Cultural Perspectives in Caregiving

On this episode of The Caregiver Community, our hosts are highlighting the experiences of African American caregivers who represent a range of cultural perspectives. Our guests for this episode include Rosalind Pugh Scott, Public Health Specialist at the Center for Outreach in Alzheimer’s, Aging and Community Health at A and T University in Greensboro, NC…

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The Caregiver Community: Community Resources & Support

Host Mark Bumgarner (Executive Director of Adult Life Programs) talks with Mary Mitchell (Family Caregiver Support Specialist with the Area Agency on Aging in Hickory, NC) about helping family caregivers identify and access community resources.

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The Caregiver Community: When a Loved One Goes to the Hospital

A loved one’s advanced years often trigger hospital visits, either at the emergency department or as an inpatient. Any level of admission can be stressful for the patient as well as her/his family. This ACAPcommunity podcast offers insights and information related to a variety of issues that often arise when an aging parent or loved…

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The Caregiver Community: When Mom & Dad Leave Home

In this ACAPcommunity podcast, Frances S. Hall, ACAPcommunity Co-founder and Executive Director, and Beth Brandes, Nonprofit/Human Services Organizational Consultant, retired Assistant Director of Catawba County Social Services and daughter of aging parents, talk with Bridget Donnelly, Founder & Owner of Donnelly’s Estate Liquidation & Appraisal Services about how caregivers may best help a parent or…

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Caregiver Community: The Alzheimer’s Medical Advisor

In this ACAPcommunity podcast, Frances S. Hall, co-founder and executive director of ACAPcommunity, and Mark Bumgarner, Executive Director of Adult Life Programs in Hickory, NC, talk with Dr. Philip D. Sloane, MD & MPH, the Elizabeth and Oscar Goodwin Distinguished Professor of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, about common…

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