Fall 2017 Foundation Leaders

Caring For Elderly Loved Ones

Beginning September 17, we will offer a six-week Sunday morning Foundations class called, Caring for Elderly Loved Ones.  This is a class for those who are now, or will soon be, caring for an elderly loved one – and it is also for those of us who may want to think ahead about the issues we may encounter when we are elderly.

The goal of the class is to provide information, and a forum for discussion, about the medical and practical issues the elderly face as their lives draw to a close, the stress their caregivers may experience, as well as the theological issues that come to the fore as death draws nearer.


Dr. Janet Savia

September 17 – Aging Parents - Changing Roles: Coping with the stress of caring for an elderly loved one.

September24 – Aging Parents - Siblings in Conflict: How to handle conflict among family members when caring for an elderly loved one.

Dr. Savia holds both a master’s degree and a doctorate degree in clinical psychology.  She is in private practice with Sage Psychology Group, Durham, NC.


Eric Oltman

October 1 – Helping the elderly with practical needs while respecting their dignity.

Mr. Oltman is the owner of Seniors Helping Seniors, an in-home senior care service agency paring seniors who need practical support with seniors who want to help. Mr. Oltman and his family are members of Church of the Apostles.


Dr. Farr Curlin

October 8 – Medical challenges and dilemmas facing the elderly as life draws to a close.

October 15 – Dying and death from a Christian perspective: How to face our own death, or the death of a loved one, as a faithful disciple of Jesus.

Dr. Curlin is a hospice and palliative care physician who holds joint appointments in Duke University’s School of Medicine, including its Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine, and Divinity School, including its Initiative on Theology, Medicine and Culture.

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William Nelson

October 22 – Legal issues about which the elderly (and their caregivers) should be aware.

Mr. Nelson is a partner with Smith Anderson, Raleigh, NC.  His principle practice areas are federal and state taxation, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity transactions. He and his family are members of Holy Trinity.