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Taboo Topics: Helping Adult Children Discuss Tough Subjects with Their Parents
Length: 1 Hour


Adult children and their elderly parents often struggle with frank discussion of critical issues.  This interactive seminar will cover strategies on guiding the caregiver to sensitively handle taboo topics.  The tough subjects will include normal aging, driving, finances, end of life issues, sexuality and mental health.  This program will assist professionals in mediating between adult children and seniors, as well as identifying when it is necessary for an adult child to take a more authoritative role while respecting self-determination.

This content is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels.

Original Date of Program: 1/7/2021

Joanna Frankel

Joanna Frankel is a graduate of Towson University with her Bachelors in both Psychology and Gerontology. Following, Joanna obtained her MSW from the University of Maryland School of Social Work with a clinical concentration and a focus in Aging. Since, Joanna has been working in the long-term care setting for over 15 years. Her experience includes directing the social work department in a 205-bed facility, with clients who have a variety of mental health issues, long term care needs, at end of life, on dialysis and who are ventilator dependent.  Additionally, Joanna is passionate about and has expertise in dementia, advance directives/end of life and mental health issues in the elderly. Furthermore, she has spent the last 10 years consulting in several nursing homes, educating social workers on the proper practices of long-term care while providing clinical supervision. Joanna has always educated interdisciplinary teams, patients and families on various topics on aging. When Joanna isn’t working, you can find her playing ball with her husband and 2 boys or at the nearest sushi restaurant.


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