Florida Gulf Coast Chapter

Manatee Update 

November 2012

In This Issue
Support Groups
Current Medical Treatments
The Estates at Carpenters Supporting the Alzheimer's Association
How Far We Have Come
Care for the Caregiver: Heart and Brain Connection
20th Annual Candlelight Vigil
Caregiver Jewels: Use Written Reminders


All programs are free to attend unless otherwise specified.

November 1st, Caregiver Training Celebrating the Holidays With Loved Ones Who Have Dementia. Presented by Sue Fox, M.A., Program Specialist AAFGCC, at Freedom Village, 6410 21st Avenue West, Bradenton, 34205, 11:30 a.m. Please RSVP for lunch at 941-798-8200.


November 2nd, Caregiver Training, Celebrating the Holidays with Loved One's Who Have Dementia. Presented by Sue Fox, M.A., Program Specialist AAFGCC, at Westminster Shores, 1700 3rd Avenue West, Bradenton, 34205. 1:30 p.m.


November 7th Caregiver Training The Basics of Alzheimer's Disease. Presented by Sue Fox Program Specialist AAFGCC at Emeritus at College Park, 5612 26th Street, Bradenton 34205. 10:00 a.m.


November 8th Manatee Caregiver Forum at the Courtyard By Marriott, 100 Riverfront Drive West, Bradenton. 8:00 a.m. Reservations required. www.manateecountycaregiverforum.org. 


November 13th Free Memory Screenings Presented by Sue Fox, Program Specialist AAFGCC at H2U, 6670 Cortez Road West, Bradenton 34210. Please RSVP at 1-888-359-3552. 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


November 14th Caregiver Training Low Vision. What is It, and What to Do? Presented by Pam Insani, Eye Associates at The Windsor Reflections, 8230 Nature's Way Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Lakewood Ranch 34202.10:00 a.m.


November 15th Caregiver Training Celebrating the Holidays with Loved One's With Dementia. Presented by Sue Fox, M.A., Program Specialist AAFGCC at Braden River Care Center, 2010 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton 34203. 2:00 p.m.


Please join us November 14th for the 20th Annual Candlelight Vigil at Arden Courts. The address is 5509 Swift Road Sarasota, Florida, 34231. Please RSVP to the Sarasota/ Manatee office at 941-365-8883.


November 20th Caregiver Training The Basics of Alzheimer's Disease. Presented by Sue Fox, M.A., AAFGCC at Clare Bridge of Bradenton, 6101 Pointe West Blvd Bradenton, 10:00 a.m.


November 29th Caregiver Training Celebrating the Holidays With Loved One's Who Have Dementia. Presented by Sue Fox, M.A., Program Specialist AAFGCC at Summerfield Assisted Residence, 3409 26th Street West, Bradenton 34205, 10:00 a.m.


Upcoming in December


December 5th  Caregiver Training The Basics of Alzheimer's Disease. Presented by Sue Fox, M.A., Program Specialist AAFGCC at Emeritus at College Park, 5612 26th Street West, Bradenton 34205.


December 6th Caregiver Training Planning for Your Financial Future. Presented by Mary Foreman at Freedom Village, 6410 21st Avenue West, Bradenton 34205, 11:30 a.m. Please RSVP for lunch: 941-798-8200.


December 7th Caregiver Training Alzheimer's Treatments. Presented by Karim Yamout, PsyD., Carter Psychology at Westminster Shore, 1700 3rd Avenue West, Bradenton 34205, 1:30 p.m.


December 12th Caregiver Training Incontinence and Aging Presented by Dee King, R.N., at Windsor Reflections, 8230 Nature's Way, Lakewood Ranch, 34202 10:00 a.m.

Support Groups

Alzheimer's Association-Florida Gulf Coast Chapter affiliated support groups are for family members, caregivers, and others interested in learning more about Alzheimer's disease. Meetings are open to everyone and free of charge. Support group facilitators have received training as required by Chapter and National Alzheimer's Association standards. For program information and to verify meeting dates, times, and locations, please use the telephone contacts listed below. For other questions or for respite care information so you can attend a group, call our Manatee Office at 941-365-8883 or 1- 800-272-3900.


Message Boards: The Alzheimer's Association message boards and chat rooms are your online communication forum. Our message boards have over 9,000 registered members from around the United States, and many more people who simply browse the stories and information that is offered 24 hours a day. Join the Alzheimer's Association online community.(alz.org/living_with_alzheimers_message_boards_lwa.asp) 


Ana Maria Island

Island Branch Library

5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach

2nd Friday of each month at 2:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Sue Fox (941) 365-8883



Clare Bridge Bradenton

6101 Pointe West Boulevard

4th Tuesday of each month at 2:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Sue Fox, (941) 365-8883

Clare Bridge phone (941) 795-5533 


Summerfield Assisted Living

3409 26th Street West

3rd Wednesday of each month at 12:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Pam Green (941) 751-7200

Free lunch with RSVP 


Windsor Oaks

2614 43rd  Street West

4th Thursday of each month at 10:00 a.m.
Facilitators: Linda Delaberti/ Lulu Meyer

(941) 798-9701


Emeritus at College Park

5612 26th Street West

3rd Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m.

Facilitator: Peggy Drake 

Emeritus phone number: (941) 756-5571


Freedom Village

6410 21st Avenue

The Inn and Health Center 3rd floor dining room

3rd Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m. 

Facilitators: Katie Haas/Erika Gibsen

(941) 798-8200

The Bridge of Bradenton

4000 75th Street West
3rd Wednesday of each month at 12:30 p.m.

Facilitator: Sue Fox (941) 365-8883


Lakewood Ranch

Windsor Reflections

8230 Nature's Way

2nd Wednesday of each month at 11:00 a.m.

Lunch provided with RSVP

Facilitator: Julie Gartside (941) 957-1400



H2U of Blake Medical Center

7042 US Hwy 301 North

3rd Friday of each month

Facillitators: Sue Fox and Bianca Davis


Current Medical Treatments
In the brain, neurons connect and communicate at synapses, where tiny bursts of chemicals called neurotransmitters carry information from one cell to another. Alzheimer's disrupts this process, and eventually destroys synapses and kills neurons, damaging the brain's communication network.

Current FDA-approved Alzheimer's drugs support this comm-unication process through two different mechanisms:
  1. Cholinesterase inhibitors work by slowing down the disease activity that breaks down a key neurotransmitter. Donepezil, galantamine, rivastigmine and tacrine are cholinesterase inhibitors.
  2. Memantine,the fifth Alzheimer's drug, is an NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate) receptor antagonist, which works by regulating the activity of glutamate, a chemical messenger involved in learning and memory. Memantine protects brain cells against excess glutamate, a chemical messenger released in large amounts by cells damaged by Alzheimer's disease and other neurological disorders. Attachment of glutamate to cell surface "docking sites" called NMDA receptors permits calcium to flow freely into the cell. Over time, this leads to chronic overexposure to calcium, which can speed up cell damage. Memantine prevents this destructive chain of events by partially blocking the NMDA receptors.

On average, the five approved Alzheimer's drugs are effective for about six to 12 months for about half of the individuals who take them.


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The Estates at Carpenters
Supporting the Alzheimer's Association
Karen Adair, Director of Marketing, EAC
As a Continuing Care Retirement Community, The Estates at Carpenters believes the senior adult benefits from an environment that values a sense of purpose and EAC celebrates World AD Day Sept 2012
independence by enhancing individual dignity, personal growth, wellness, happiness, and self-esteem. This vision is exemplified by their motto - "Where Quality of Life is Celebrated."

Living at the Estates has many advantages beyond their centralized location. The continuum of care offered on their thirty-three acre campus is comprised of independent living apartments, an assisted living facility called the Villa at Carpenters, an award-winning skilled nursing facility known as the Manor at Carpenters, and a licensed home health agency. To support residents with Alzheimer's, the Estates utilizes recreation based on individual cognitive levels. A Relaxation Room in the Manor helps give residents a sense of calm and offers non-pharmacological interventions by re-directing thoughts and focus to pleasant sights and sounds.


Throughout their 26 years in Polk County, the Estates at Carpenters has carefully established and creatively cultivated a spirit of giving- not only to our immediate neighbors, but also to the entire Lakeland community. For the 2012 Season, the Estates is again a proud sponsor of the Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer's.  


Being an Exclusive Platinum Partner of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, both residents and employees of the Estates has and will be taking part in several of the Alzheimer's Association's walks this fall. As scientists and doctors continue to search for a cure, EAC continues to learn from and celebrate the lives of these very special people.


The Estates at Carpenters is located at 1001 Carpenter's Way, Lakeland, 863-858-3847. Learn more about The Estates at Carpenters at www.eaclakeland.com or on our Facebook page.


Estates at Carpenters logo 

How Far We have Come
The Alzheimer's Project (HBO)


In this video by HBO, leading researchers explain how far the field has come since Dr. Alois Alzheimer discovered the disease more than a century ago.
To learn more about Alzheimer's or see additional videos go to: http://www.hbo.com/alzheimers.
Care for the Caregiver
Stefanie Thompson, Sr. Prog. Specialist, AAFGCC


Caregivers may find that with so many responsibilities self care is placed as a lesser priority than care of a loved one.  Yet, staying physically and emotionally strong is key to healthier caregiving. To this end, this column is dedicated to health promotion and personal care for the caregiver.


Heart and Brain Connection
National Alzheimer's Association
Remember that what is good for your heart is good for your head.

Some of the strongest evidence about maintaining your brain links brain health to heart health. Even though you can't feel your brain working, it's one of the most active organs in your body. Your heart pumps about 20 percent of your blood to your brain, where billions of cells use about 20 percent of the blood's oxygen and fuel.

If your heart isn't pumping well - or if your brain's blood vessels are damaged - your brain cells have trouble getting all the food and oxygen they need. Any condition that damages your heart or blood vessels can affect your brain's blood supply.

How you can take brain health to heart:

  • Adopt a long-term, heart-healthy "food lifestyle" rather than a short-term diet and eat in moderation. A long-term study of 1,500 adults found that those who were obese in middle age were twice as likely to develop dementia in later life. Those who also had high cholesterol and high blood pressure had six times the risk of dementia.
  • Reduce your intake of fat and cholesterol.Studies have shown that high intake of saturated fat and cholesterol clogs the arteries and is associated with higher risk for Alzheimer's disease. Use mono- and polyunsaturated fats, such as olive oil, for example. Try baking or grilling food instead of frying.
  • Exercise. Walking or other moderate exercise for 30 minutes each day gets the body moving and the heart pumping.
  • Don't smoke.Smoking interferes with blood flow and oxygen to the brain and is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
  • Manage your numbers. Controlling your body weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar helps reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.

For more information visit Be Heart Smart.

20th Annual Candlelight Vigil
You are invited to join us for our 20th Annual Candlelight Vigil to remember loved ones who have passed or are presently suffering from Alzheimer's Disease or a related dementia.
Candle Light Vigil Invitation
Click image to view invitation.
The candle lighting event will start at 5:30 p.m. and a celebration of life reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Arden Courts, 5509 Swift Road, Sarasota. Please RSVP any time before Monday, November 12, 2012, by calling (941) 365-8883.
Caregiver Jewels
Emily Reese, Prog. Specialist, AAFGCC


Welcome to Caregiver Jewels, a column featuring caregiving tips by family and professional caregivers throughout our 17 county service area.  These "golden nuggets" represent caregiving strategies and tricks of the trade. 


For the column to be a success we need your input!

It may be a "golden nugget" you say to get your loved one to attend a program or an activity to redirect their attention. Whether your tip is a diamond, emerald or ruby - all are valuable! So, please share the wealth!


Send your tip to reesee@alzflgulf.org or contact your local office.


November Tip

Use Written Reminders


A family caregiver in Collier County created a sign to help promote safety.  The sign specifically focused on fall prevention.



Materials needed: a sign (click here for an example) and a bell.


Written reminders can be a useful strategy for a person in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Remember consistency is important.  Take the sign and bell wherever you go, i.e., hospital, visiting relatives, vacations, etc. Using written reminders and visual cues can be used in other areas of functioning too. For example, a picture of socks and the word socks taped to the sock drawer; a sign reminding the person with dementia that you have gone out and will be back at 2:00 p.m.  No strategy is full proof. What works one day may not work the next, so always be aware of how the person with dementia is responding.


Falls are a serious risk for all seniors but particularly for those with dementia. Click here for fall prevention tips for caregivers to be aware of for themselves and their loved one.


Note: The information in this column is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional or medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

If you have questions, concerns or just wish to talk to someone please feel free to contact us.  Our 24-hour HELPLINE number is 1-800-272-3900.



Sue Fox, MA, Program Specialist

Alzheimer's Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
Sarasota/Manatee Office- located at

3277A Building 1 suite A Sarasota Florida 34237
Telephone: 941.365.8883   Facsimile: 941.365.8885

Email: foxs@alzflgulf.org

Website: www.alz.org/flgulfcoast

Alzheimer's Association - Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
Chapter Headquarters, 14010 Roosevelt Blvd., Suite 709, Clearwater, FL 33762 Telephone: 727.578.2558

National Headquarters-Alzheimer's Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601

Alzheimer's Association is a not-for-profit  501(c)(3) organization 2010 Alzheimer's Association. All rights reserved. 

24/7 Helpline: 1.800.272.3900