Florida Gulf Coast Chapter

Hillsborough Update 

December 2012

In This Issue
Support Groups
Care for the Caregiver: Diabetes
Spotlighting Alzheimer's
Caregiver Stress Check
Holidays
Caregiver Jewels: Redirection
Access to Rehab

Calendar

All programs are free to attend unless otherwise specified.
 

*December 6th, Volunteer Training: Support Group Facilitator Update at Horizon Bay Hyde Park, 800 West Azeele Street, Tampa. 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Please note this training is only for current Alzheimer's Association trained facilitators. RSVP is required by calling AJ Cipperly, 727.578.2558. 

 

December 6th, Free Hearing Screenings at Weinberg Village, 13005 Community Campus Drive, Tampa. 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. RSVPs are appreciated by calling Toby at 813.969.1818. 

 

December 8th, Caregiver Training: Understanding Dementia at Aston Gardens Tampa Bay, 12951 West Linebaugh Avenue, Tampa. 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. RSVP by December 6th by calling 813.855.2811.

 

*December 8th, Outreach: English/Spanish Memory Screenings at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 West Sligh Avenue, Tampa. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 800-272-3900.

 

*December 8th, Annual Hispanic Support Group Christmas Gathering: Celebrating the Holidays at Rodriguez Residence, 1810 West Clifton Street, Tampa. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Reservations are required by calling 813-871-3652.

 

*December 11th, Volunteer Training: New Support Group Facilitator Training at Horizon Bay Hyde Park, 800 West Azeele Street, Tampa. 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. RSVP is required by calling AJ Cipperly, 727.578.2558.

 

*December 12th, Outreach: World AIDS Day Health Fair with English/Spanish Memory Screenings at Hillsborough County Health Department, 1105 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa. 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 813-301-8015.

 

December 13th, Caregiver Training: What is Alzheimer's? presented by Dr. Susan Steen at Hyde Park Methodist Church, 500 West Platt Street, Tampa. 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Please RSVP to Tally Nelson at 813.251.6333.

 

*December 18th, Caregiver Training: Celebrating the Holidays at Ruskin Senior Center, Ruskin. 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 800-272-3900.

 

 *Programs presented by the Alzheimer's Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter.

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 local office 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.

 

Mild Cognitive Impairment Group
USF Alzheimer's Center
4001 East Fletcher Ave. Tampa
1st Floor Conference Room
Every 4th Thursday @ 2:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Nancy Teten (813) 974-4355

BRANDON
*Superior Residences of Brandon
1819 Providence Ridge Boulevard, 33511
3rd Monday @ 7:00 p.m. or 2nd Wednesday @ 2:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Charlotte Howard (813) 681-1986
Nell Bieser, (813) 625-0846

LITHIA
Life Church at FishHawk
6420 Lithia Pinecrest Road, Lithia, 33547
1st Monday @ 7:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Eddie Broom (813) 681-6503

PLANT CITY
First Baptist Church
503 North Palmer Street, Plant City
2nd Tues. @ 2:00 p.m. Facilitators: Bill Barr and Stefanie Thompson (863) 292-9210 

 

RIVERVIEW
The Bridges
11202 Dewhurst Drive
2nd Tuesday @ 2:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Nell Bieser, (813) 625-0846

SUN CITY CENTER
*Courtyards at Sun City Center Assisted Living
255 Courtyards Boulevard, 33573
4th Wednesday @ 1:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Candise Brown (813) 634-4497

*Sun Towers
101 Trinity Lakes Drive
3rd Tuesday @ 2:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Katie Williams, (813) 246-4120

Homewood Residence
3910 Galen Court, 33573
1st and 3rd Thursday @ 10:00 a.m.
Facilitator: Bev Hurley (813) 633-4340 bhurley@brookdaleliving.com   

  

TAMPA
Hyde Park United Methodist Church
500 W. Platt Street
Knox Hall room 150
2nd Tuesday @ Noon
Facilitator: Mimi Buderus (813) 476-2628

Aston Gardens Westchase
11741 Lake Aston Court. Tampa 33626
3rd Thursday @ 5:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Arthur Mosley (813) 343 0272

Brighton Gardens of Tampa
16702 North Dale Mabry Highway, 33618
Last Thursday @ 6:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Laura Pinard, (813) 908-2333

*Emeritus at North Dale
3401 West Bearss Ave, 33618
2nd Wednesday @ 11:30 a.m.
Facilitator: Louise Gray, (813) 961-1044
Please call facility to arrange respite care

*Horizon Bay Memory Care by the Bay
2301 West Palm Avenue, Tampa, 33606
4th Tuesday @ 6:00 p.m.
Facilitator: MiMi Buderus, (813) 476-2628

The South Tampa Family YMCA
4411 S. Himes Avenue, 33611
Last Tuesday @ 12:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Yvette Wilmath (813) 839-0210

Hispanic Support Group
1810 West Clifton Street, 33603
First Thursday @ 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Madeline Rodriguez, (813) 871-3652

USF Alzheimer's Center
4001 E. Fletcher Ave.
First Floor Conference Room
1st Thursday of the month @ 2:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Eileen Poiley, (813) 974-4355
Free Parking

THONOTOSASSA
Stone Ledge Manor
12006 McIntosh Road
3rd Monday at 6:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Stormie Thayer & Cierra Henderson,
(813) 571-4117

 

An * indicates that Free Day Care is provided by the support group host facility during the support group meeting. Please call in advance for reservations. 

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.

 

Diabetes, Are You At Risk?
National Institute of Health

 

If you have wondered or possibly been told that you are at risk for developing diabetes or that you have prediabetes, you should know that diabetes prevention is proven, possible, and powerful. Studies show that people at high risk for diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of the disease by losing 5 to 7 percent of their weight, if they are overweight-that's 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person. Two keys to success:

  • Get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity five days a week.
  • Eat a variety of foods that are low in fat and reduce the number of calories you eat per day. 

In other words, you don't have to knock yourself out to prevent diabetes. The key is: small steps that lead to big rewards. Learn more about your risk for developing type 2 diabetes and the small steps you can take to delay or prevent the disease and live a long, healthy life: Diabetes Is Preventable.

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Spotlighting Alzheimer's
Former Miss Universe Alicia Machando as Celebrity Contestant on Univision's Dance Competition
 

Today, more than 5 million Americans are living with

Alzheimer's disease and while whites make up the great majority of the individuals with the disease, available research suggests that Hispanics are one and one-half times more likely than whites to develop Alzheimer's and other dementias.  

Photo by A. Mateo/Univision.com

"The Alzheimer's Association is committed to increasing awareness about Alzheimer's and other dementias among all Americans," said Gloria Smith, Alzheimer's Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Executive Director/President. "But given the disproportionate impact of Alzheimer's on the Hispanic community, we believe it especially important to elevate concern in this community and we applaud Alicia Machado in her effort to shine a light on the disease." 

 

The Alzheimer's Association was chosen as the charity of choice by former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado, who competed in this season of Univision's reality show/dance competition "¡Mira Quién Baila! 3 (Look Who's Dancing).
 

The former Miss Universe and telenovela star joined nine other celebrities and 10 professional dancers as they competed on one of Univision's highest rated reality-competition shows, "¡Mira Quién Baila!" The program which aired Sunday evenings at 8pm ET/PT and 7pm CT chronicled the celebrity contestants' journey from workouts to rehearsals to dance performances. Winners were determined through a strict elimination process. Alicia Machado made it to the finals placing third.  

 

The need for education, information and supportive services for families living with Alzheimer's and other dementias in diverse communities is paramount. The Association has an expansive portfolio of tools, information and culturally and linguistically appropriate resources in Spanish and English for families affected by Alzheimer's and other dementias at every stage of the disease.

Caregiver Stress Check
Are you a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia? Do you feel overwhelmed? You may be putting your own health at risk. Take our Caregiver Stress Check and get resources that can help.
Holidays 
The holidays are a time when family and friends often come together. For families living with Alzheimer's and other dementias, the holidays can be challenging. With some planning and adjusted expectations, celebrations can still be happy, memorable occasions.

 

It is not uncommon for a loved one with a dementia to become overstimulated, agitated, or confused. 
Holiday festivities often create changes in the environment and daily routine. It is important to keep your regular routine. Trying to maintain a pleasant, meaningful and calm holiday while caring for your loved one can lead to feelings of anxiety, loneliness, and frustration.


 
  
Hints for coping with the holidays:
  1. Keep your regular routine. It is important for you and your family member with dementia.
  2. Try to maintain a positive attitude. Keep in mind that the holidays are also a time for memories and reflection as well as a time for joy.
  3. Give yourself permission to say no to obligation or invitation.
  4. Give yourself permission to ask for and say yes to offers of assistance from family, friends, and neighbors.
  5. Encourage friends and family to visit, but keep the number of visitors at a time to a minimum.
  6. Prepare activities or tasks to divert your loved one's attention to prevent them from becoming overstimulated or agitated.
  7. Accept invitations and enjoy the chance to be with friends and family, even if your loved one cannot attend. 
  8. Talk of past good times - special memories.
  9. Plan a smaller gathering.
  10. Celebrate earlier in the day.
  11. Reduce post-holiday stress. Arrange for respite care so you can enjoy a movie or lunch with a friend

The holidays can be stressful. Stress can be minimized with adjusted perspectives and expectations.  Read more about the holidays and dementia. 

Caregiver Jewels
Emily Reese, Program. 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.

 

December Tip

Redirection:  the Simple Way

 

Redirection is a tool or technique used to solve a behavioral problem. Redirecting an individual may delay or prevent outbursts and inappropriate behaviors.  Gentle distractions with food, drink or activity can be effective.  

 

A family caregiver from Collier County submitted the following nugget:  

 

My sweet husband loves M&Ms. It's amazing that he doesn't know where he sleeps; he doesn't know where the bathroom is, and doesn't even really know what to do with the toilet or the bed. But he hasn't forgotten where we keep the M&Ms. If he's getting agitated or wanting to wander, we can put some M&Ms in a bowl and show it to him, and he'll almost always get distracted and focus on his treat. 

 

The above illustrates how small and simple a solution can be. It reminds to not overlook the obvious and to keep redirection person centered.   

 

Remember redirection should be offered in a reassuring tone. Never focus your redirection on reprimand or by saying "no" or "don't do that".  The most important thing to remember is that each person is unique. Activities and conversations that successfully redirect one person may not work with someone else.

 

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

Access to Rehab Services
National Alzheimer's Association

As one of the plaintiffs in the federal class action lawsuit Jimmo v. Sebelius, which challenged the Medicare Improvement Standard, the Alzheimer's Association applauds the recently announced proposed settlement. Under the settlement agreement, Medicare will pay for rehabilitative services, such as physical, speech and occupational therapy, if they maintain an individual's current condition or prevent or slow further deterioration and require the skills of a professional.
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.

Sincerely,

  

Stephanie McGovern, Program Specialist

Phone: 813.684.1296  Fax: 813.685.7213

mcgoverns@alzflgulf.org

 

AJ Cipperly, Program Specialist

Phone: 727.259.2312  Fax: 727.578.2286

cipperlya@alzflgulf.org

 

Alzheimer's Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter  

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

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