Florida Gulf Coast Chapter


/Sumter  Update

January 2013

In This Issue
Support Groups
Challenges of Caregiving
Walk to End Alzheimer's
Care for the Caregiver: Stress
Caregiver Jewels: Ensuring Good Nutrition
Resolving Family Conflicts
All programs are free to attend unless otherwise specified.


Jan 22 - Outreach: Memory Screenings- Residence At Timber Pines, Spring Hill, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call the Residence at 352-683-9009 for reservations.


Jan 25 - Outreach: Health Fair- Pasco-Hernando Community College,450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Jan 29 - Caregiver Training: Driving And Dementia, HPH Hospice, 3545 N. Lecanto Hwy, Beverly Hills, 2:00 p.m. Call 352-527-4600 for reservations.


Feb 12 - Caregiver Training: Communications, HPH Hospice, 3545 N. Lecanto Hwy, Beverly Hills, 2:00 p.m. Call 352-527-4600 for reservations.


Feb 13 - Caregiver Training: Communications, HPH Hospice, 11360 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville, 2:00 p.m. Call 352-796-1882 for reservations.


Feb 19 - Caregiver Training: Dealing With Difficult Behaviors, HPH Hospice, 3545 N. Lecanto Hwy, Beverly Hills, 2:00 p.m. Call 352-527-4600 for reservations.


Feb 20 - Caregiver Training: Dealing With Difficult Behaviors, HPH Hospice, 11360 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville, 2:00 p.m. Call 352-796-1882 for reservations.


Education Presentations: Superior Residences of Lecanto, 4865 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy, Lecanto, 2:00 p.m. Call 352-746-5483 for reservations.

Feb 8 - 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease

Feb 15 - Alzheimer's Disease Overview

Feb 22 - HBO: Momentum In Science

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 your 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.

Hernando County

Lykes Memorial County Library
238 Howell Avenue
Brooksville, FL 34601
1st Friday of each month at 2:30 p.m.
Jerry Fisher (352) 688-4537
Oak Hill Hospital-Senior Partners
11361 Cortez Blvd
Brooksville, FL 34613
1st Thursdays of each month at 2:30 p.m.
Jerry Fisher (352) 688-4537


*The Residence at Timber Pines
3140 Forest Road
Spring Hill, FL 34606
3rd Monday of each month at 2:00 p.m.
Diane Koenig (352) 683-9009
*The Residence of Timber Pines (352) 683-9009
Citrus County

Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church
550 US Hwy 41 South
Inverness, FL 34450
1st Tuesday of each month at 11:00 a.m.
Sue Piatek (352) 527-4600



*Emeritus At Barrington Place
2341 W. Norvell Bryant Highway
Lecanto, FL 34461
4th Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m.
Robert Kearney (352) 746-2273
*Emeritus (352) 746-2273


*First United Methodist Church
8831 W. Bradshaw St.
Homosassa, FL 34448
Second Monday of each month at 1:00 p.m.
Sue Piatek (352) 527-4600 


* Indicates Free Respite is provided by the support group host during the support group meeting. Please call in advance for reservations. 

Challenges of Caregiving
A segment on the challenges of caregiving, particularly for the sandwich generation, aired on December 11, 2012 on NBC Nightly News. The story featured Alzheimer's Association advocate Troy Prater from Delaware Valley and Maria Carrillo, Association vice president of medical and scientific relations. Prater is a single father of 13-year-old triplets and is the primary caregiver for his mother living with Alzheimer's.
In this video link Mr. Prater states, 'I take better care of everyone else than I do myself'.  He is an example ofone of a growing number of caregivers providing care to two generations.

In this video link, Dr. Carrillo, describes the difficulties the disease poses not only to those who suffer from it, but to caregivers.
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Walk to End Alzheimer's
Raises $676,128 in the Florida Gulf Coast Region

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the largest fundraiser dedicated to Alzheimer's disease care, support
and research programs.

During the 2012 Walk season, more than 5690 residents from the Florida Gulf Coast region joined the Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer's and united in a movement to reclaim the future for millions.

Walk to End AD 2012

Participants raised more than $676,128 to fund Alzheimer's care, support and research programs.

"I was inspired by residents of the Florida Gulf Coast uniting in the fight against Alzheimer's disease at Walk to End Alzheimer's," said Gloria Smith, President & CEO, Florida Gulf Coast chapter, Alzheimer's Association.  "With funds raised, the Alzheimer's Association will be able to provide much needed care and support to people affected by the disease as well as fund critically needed Alzheimer's research."
For more information visit our Walk page
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.
According to the American Psychological Association (APA), stress tends to promote unhealthy choices. "Those of us who are stressed are more likely to report hypertension, anxiety or depression and obesity. Women especially report they feel the effects of stress on their physical health. Given the number of health complications related to stress, it is fair to say stress certainly is a health problem in America" (2012, para. 1).
Learn more about stress through the APA's Stress Smarts quiz.
For more information about how stress affects caregivers view the ten warning signs of caregiver stress brochure or take the caregiver stress check.
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.

January Tip
Ensuring good nutrition



A family caregiver from Hillsborough County submitted the following nugget:

My husband is more interested in eating if his meal is in a divided plate. Small portions can be put in each section, and he can manage feeding himself quite well that way. Sometimes I'll add another small bowl with raw veggies or fruit segments. He eats more fruit and vegetables if they're cut up and in their individual pretty bowl.

Maintaining good nutrition in someone with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia can be challenging. Possible causes of a poor appetite:
  • Not recognizing food. The person may no longer recognize the foods you put on his or her plate.
  • Poor fitting dentures. Eating may be painful, but the person may not be able to tell you this. Make sure dentures fit and visit the dentist regularly.
  • Medications. New medications or a dosage change may affect appetite. If you notice a change, call the doctor.
  • Not enough exercise. Lack of physical activity will decrease appetite. Encourage simple exercise, such as going for a walk, gardening or washing dishes.  
  • Decreased sense of smell and taste. The person with dementia may not eat because food may not smell or taste as good as it once did.  

For more information about how to support good nutrition visit this link.


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

Resolving Family Conflicts
Dealing with Alzheimer's can bring out many strong emotions. As the disease progresses, caregiving issues can often ignite or magnify family conflicts. Select this link for strategies that can help families cope with the situation together. 
If you have questions, concerns or just wish to talk to someone please feel free to contact us. 



Jerry Fisher

Program Specialist

4108 Lamson Ave

Spring Hill, FL 34608

(352) 683-7948


Alzheimer's Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter


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