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Date(s) - December 14, 2012
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Presbytarian Home of Maryland

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Educational Program: Family Conflicts in Caregiving

Friday, December 14, 2012
12:00 noon – 2:30 pm
Presbytarian Home of Maryland
400 Georgia Court
Towson, MD 21204
(FREE parking on site)

Most of us count on assistance from our children as we age. The generation in care today, as the parents of the Baby Boomers, typically have multiple offspring to whom they can turn – but what seems like an advantage can often lead to bad behavior by well (and not so well) meaning adult children. The conflicts that arise can be a major obstacle to both financial planning and delivering care; placing senior serving professionals in uncomfortable situations. There are common patterns to these conflicts. Knowing them can help avoid the land mines. This session will cover common issues, their causes and warning signs and how to handle both conflict resolution and the ethical issues you may encounter.

Debra Turkat, LICSW, MSW, MBA of the Geriatric Therapy and Supprt Center will address the behavioral issues involved – what causes conflicts and how to cope with them effectively. After working with Multiple Sclerosis patients, HIV/AIDS patients and trauma rehab patients in the Texas Medical Center, she most recently worked at The Washington Home, with mostly senior patients in the rehab unit.

While at The Washington Home Debra rekindled her affinity for working with seniors that started when she volunteered regularly in a nursing home with her children. In March she went to Cuba as a delegate with the National Association of Social Workers, to study Cuba’s social services for their seniors. She holds a MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK from the University of Houston, a MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, New York University and a BACHELOR OF ARTS from Barnard College of Columbia University.

Her private practice specializing in seniors, their families and their caregivers is Debra’s way of being able to spend more one-on-one time with these special people.

Conflict Management Coach Sharon Schroer will address strategies for avoiding and resolving conflicts. Following a career as an Attorney, licensed in New York and Washington DC, with more than 20 years of experience, Sharon now coaches and trains individuals regarding communication skills and strategies for high stakes conversations and written communications. She regularly presents talks and workshops on communication and conflict management for adult families regarding caregiving, finances, and other sensitive topics concerning aging relatives.

Our panelists will then be joined by the NARC President for an interactive discussion of ethics for senior serving professionals in these situations.