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Family Estrangements in Dementia Care: Helping Families Cope (Courtesy of Brightview Shelton)

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Jennifer L. FitzPatrick, MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
Course Levels:
Beginner & Intermediate
3 Hours 15 Minutes
Registrants (Expected or Limit):
Not Applicable
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Sadly, family estrangements are not unusual during the caregiving journey.  Rifts frequently occur because of distance or minor misunderstandings.  In other cases there are more serious abandonment or betrayal issues involved.  When family members begin caring for a loved one with dementia,  conflict and estrangement often result from burnout, differing opinions on how to provide the best care and financial issues. This down-to-earth discussion will help professionals guide family caregivers in coping with family estrangements while ensuring quality care for the person with dementia.

Content Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Please note there is not virtual/streaming option


Brightview Shelton

30 Beard Sawmill Road

Shelton, CT 06484


Nursing Home Administrator

This program has been approved for Continuing Education for 3  total participant hours by NAB/NCERS—Approval # 20231202-3-A92739-IN


Certified Case Manager

This program has been pre-approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to CCM® board certified case managers.  The course is approved for 3 CE contact hour(s).  Activity code: S00052927 Approval Number 220003774:   To claim these CEs, log into your CE Center account at*Certificate must be retained for at least one year past the participant’s CCM board certified case manager’s renewal date.

Certified Dementia Practitioners

Jenerations is a Certified Sponsor of professional continuing education with the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners and International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners for members holding certifications as CDP, CDCM and CADDCT. This is approved for 3 CEU.


Jenerations Health Education is approved by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers (NACCM) as a continuing education provider, #20-801JHE. This activity is approved for 3  CMC contact hours.




Social Work

Jenerations Health Education, #1494, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Jenerations Health Education maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 01/26/2021-01/26/24. Social Workers completing this course receive 3 General Social Work continuing education credit.


Jennifer L. FitzPatrick, MSW, LCSW-C, CSP's Profile

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Jenerations Health Education

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick, MSW, LCSW-C, CSP is the founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., a full service healthcare education organization. With over 20+ years experience in healthcare, Jennifer is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University’s Certificate on Aging program. Her mission is to help healthcare organizations and professionals grow while empowering patients and their caregivers.

Jennifer appears frequently in the media and has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, Sirius XM and in Fast Company, Reader’s Digest, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post and many more. A member of the National Speakers Association, she is one of less than 800 Certified Speaking Professionals (CSP) worldwide. Her first book, Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One helps family caregivers and is also a resource for healthcare professionals who want to set better boundaries with patients.

Jennifer is primarily a keynote speaker at national conferences but also offers private programs to corporations, government and non-profit organizations For more information on keynote speaking, please click here.

When she’s not speaking and writing, Jennifer loves boating with her husband Sean. In nautical circles her claim to fame is being the Chesapeake Bay’s least talented first mate. Having grown up in the Philadelphia area, her secret talent is parallel parking.

Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives:

1. List 3 common reactions to estrangments during dementia caregiving

2. Consider the physical & psychological effects of estrangement on family caregiver and how it ultimately impacts the dementia patient

3. Identify at least 3 causes of conflict and estrangement specfially associated with dementia caregiving 

4. Discuss at least 3 ways to support family caregivers experiencing estrangement during dementia caregiving


45 minutes: Identifying varying reactions to estrangments

45 minutes Discussion of the types of impact estrangement has on caregivers and those with dementia

15 minutes: Break

45 minutes: Understanding the causes behind estrangement

45 minutes: Best practices in supporting family caregivers dealing with estrangement

Policies & Accommodation Requests

See below for policies and accommodations information:

  • Successful completion of our continuing education programs will require attendance for the entire event as well as completion & submission of the evaluation form, (& post test for recorded products) at the conclusion of the webinar.  Certificates will be provided via your account once program requirements have been met.
  • To request an ADA accommodations, please contact us via email at  at least two weeks prior to the course date. Requests after that date may not be fulfilled. 
  • For grievances, contact Jenerations Health Education at 443-416-7710 or
  • Refund Policy
    • Please email to discuss refund and/or exchange. 

Live (Onsite) Programs - FAQ

*Successful completion of this seminar will require attendance for the entire event, signing in & out as well as completion & submission of the evaluation form.

*Certificates distributed  upon completion & receipt of evaluation

*Partial credit is not offered

Q: Do you offer ADA Accommodations?

A: Yes! If you are requesting ADA accommodations, please contact us via email at  at least two weeks prior to the course date. Requests after that date may not be fulfilled.


Q: What do I do if I have a complaint/grievance?

A: For grievances, contact Jenerations Health Education at 443-416-7710 or 

Bibliography & References

Bibliography & References available upon request


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30 Beard Sawmill Road, Shelton, Connecticut 06484, United States
(203) 493-4345