Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
All programs are free to attend unless otherwise specified.
January 3, Caregiver Training, Basics of Alzheimer's Disease. Comfort Keepers, 3667 Webber Street, Sarasota, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
January 4, Caregiver Training, Basics of Alzheimer's Disease. Senior Friendship Center, 1820 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
January 7, Caregiver Training, Basics of Alzheimer's Disease. Windsor of Venice, 1600 Center Road, Venice, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
January 8, Memory Mobile, Jacaranda Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Boulevard, Venice, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
January 9, Memory Mobile, North Port Library, 13800 Tamiami Trail, North Port, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
January 10, Memory Mobile, Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dearborn Street, Englewood, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Upcoming in February
February 1, Caregiver Training, Basics of Alzheimer's Disease. Senior Friendship Center, 1820 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
February 12, Caregiver Training, Challenging Behaviors. Windsor of Venice, 1600 Center Road, Sarasota, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
* Indicates programs presented by the Alzheimer's Association- Florida Gulf Coast Chapter.
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.
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5509 Swift Road, (34231)
1ST Wednesday @ 5:30 p.m.
Erin Killian 941-365-8883
Nikki Rodney 941-925-3900
8450 McIntosh Road (34238)
2nd Tuesday @ 4:00 p.m.
Jerri Andree 941-928-4753
Senior Friendship Center
Caregiver Resource Center
1820 Brother Geenan Way (34236)
Every Thursday @ 10:00 a.m.
Paula Falk 941-556-3268
SMH Memory Disorder Clinic
Senior Friendship Center For Healthy Aging
Dwyer Bldg., 1st Floor
1888 Brother Geenen Way (34236)
3rd Thursday @ 9:30 a.m.
Kathleen Houseweart 941-917-7197
(Dual support group for Mild Cognitive
Impairment & Early Stage patients & families)
Heron Club at Prestancia
3749 Sarasota Square Boulevard (34238)
3rd Tuesday @ 6:00 pm (light dinner available)
Darryl Godreau 941-922-1669
Palmer Ranch Healthcare
5111 Palmer Ranch Parkway (34238)
3rd Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.
Susan Garbett 941-358-1209
Springwood Nursing and Rehab
4602 Northgate Court
3rd Tuesday @ 4:00 p.m.
Amy Paine 941-355-2913
Pines of Sarasota
1501 N. Orange Ave.
3rd Tuesday @ 2:00 p.m.
Ann Modercin 941-365-0250
Emeritus of Colonial Park Club
4730 Bee Ridge Road (34233)
1st Tuesday @ 6:00 p.m.
Maggie DiFranco & Julie Schechter
730 South Osprey Avenue (34236)
3rd Wednesday @ 3:00 p.m.
Jerri Andree 941-928-4753
Aston Gardens @ Pelican Point
9000 Ibis Way (34292)
4th Wednesday @ 3:00 p.m.
Pat Quigley 941-484-9494
Pinebrook Nursing Center
1240 Pinebrook Road (34285)
3rd Monday @ 2:30 p.m.
(Family social and support group)
Connie Gens 941-488-6733
Senior Friendship Center/Venice
2350 Scenic Drive (34293)
Every Tuesday @ 2:00 p.m.
Phyllis Balliett 941-584-0050
Christ United Methodist Church
1475 Center Road (34292)
Second Tuesday @ 1:00 p.m.
Janet Harrod 404-641-2276
Emeritus at River Oaks
925 South River Road (34223)
3rd Wednesday @ 10:00 a.m.
Sherri Blanchard 941-474-8600
Elsie Quirk Library
100 W. Dearborn St.
Last Wednesday @ 6:30 p.m.
Phyllis Balliett, 941-584-0050
* 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.
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.
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."
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or contact your local office.
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. Here are some strategies that may help families cope with the situation together.
- Listen to each family member with respect: Coping with a progressive illness, such as Alzheimer's, can be stressful - and not everyone reacts in the same way. Family members may have different opinions. Some relatives may deny what is happening; a long-distance relative may be resented for living far away; or there may be disagreement about financial and care decisions, especially at the end-of-life. These issues are complex and require ongoing discussions. Give everyone an opportunity to share their opinion and avoid blaming or attacking each other, as this will only cause more hurt.
- Discuss caregiving responsibilities: Talk through caregiving roles and responsibilities. Make a list of tasks and include how much time, money and effort may be involved to complete them. Divide tasks according to the family member's preferences and abilities. Some family members may be hands-on caregivers, responding immediately to issues and organizing resources. Others may be more comfortable with being told to complete specific tasks. Our online Care Team Calendar can help you coordinate.
- Continue to talk: Keep the lines of communication open. Schedule regular meetings or conference calls to keep everyone involved up-to-date. Discuss how things are working, reassess the needs of the person with Alzheimer's, and decide if any changes in responsibilities are needed. Plan for anticipated changes as the disease progresses.
- Cope with changes and loss together: As Alzheimer's progresses and cognitive abilities change, it is normal to experience feelings of loss. Caregivers and family members may want to seek support from others who are dealing with similar situations. Support groups are available. Find an Alzheimer's Association support group in your area or join our online message boards.
- Seek outside help: If tensions and disagreements are ongoing, you may want to seek help from a trusted third party, such as a spiritual leader, mediator or counselor. Sometimes, an outside perspective can help everyone take a step back and work through the difficult issues. The Alzheimer's Association Helpline (1.800.272.3900) is staffed with care consultants who can help any time - day or night.
If you have questions, concerns or just wish to talk to someone please feel free to contact us.
Erin Killian and Katie Scott
Alzheimer's Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
Sarasota Office Located at:
3277-A Fruitville Road
Sarasota, FL 34237
Telephone: 941-365-8883 Facsimile: 941-365-8885
Alzheimer's Association - Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
Chapter Headquarters, 14010 Roosevelt Blvd., Suite 709, Clearwater, FL 33762 Telephone: 727.578.2558
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