Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
All programs are free to attend unless otherwise specified.
March 1, Caregiver Training, Basics of Alzheimer's Disease. Senior Friendship Center, 1820 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
March 6, Kobernick Archin Health Fair, Benderson Family at Kocbernick Anchin, 1959 Norh Honore Avenue, Sarasota, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
March 7, Lifestyles After 50 Health Fair, Venice Community Center, 326 South Nokomis Avenue, Venice, 10:0 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
March 12, Caregiver Training, Better Communication. Windsor of Venice, 1600 Center Road, Venice, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
March 14, Caregiver Training, Basics of Alzheimer's Disease. Comfort Keepers, 3667 Webber Street, Sarasota, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
March 15, Caregiver Training, Family Issues and Caregiver Stress. Tidewell of Venice, 220 Wexford Boulevard, Venice, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
March 18, Caregiver Training, Better Communication. Jewish Family and Children Service, 2688 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
March 19, A Reason To Hope Luncheon, Michael's on East., 1212 East Avenue, Sarasota, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (RSVP by March 12 to 727-259-2316)
March 20, Nosh and Knowledge Luncheon, Empowerment through Nutrition. Benderson Family at Kobernick Anchin, 1959 North Honore Avenue, Sarasota, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (RSVP to Brandon at 941-377-0718)
March 21, Memory Screenings, Harbor Isles Association, 1 Palm Harbor Drive, Venice, 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Upcoming in April
April 4, Caregiver Training, Basics of Alzheimer's Disease. Comfort Keepers, 3667 Webber Street, Sarasota, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
April 5, Caregiver Training, Basics of Alzheimer's Disease. Senior Friendship Center, 1820 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
April 8, Memory Mobile, Sarasota, TBD
April 9, Memory Mobile, Sarasota, TBD
April 10, Memory Mobile, Sarasota, TBD
Empowerment through Nutrition
The Jewish Housing Council Foundation and the Alzheimer's Association present Nosh and Knowledge
an educational program focusing on the
role of food with health. A cooking demonstration, discussion and lunch will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday., March 20, at the Kobernick House, 1951 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota, featuring the program Empowerment through Nutrition with Chef Craig Chasky.
Chef Craig will share secrets to longevity and feeling your best through nutrition, drawing from his work with The Food Network , Hermitage Restaurant in NY, and catering for Mayor Koch, Jackie Onassis, Mick Jagger, Donald Trump and the New York Giants Super Bowl party in 1991. Venture with Chef Craig beyond healthy cooking to nutritional choices leading to a long, healthy, vibrant life. The cost is $25 per person. Please RSVP to Brandon Mand at (941) 377-0781 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, 941-925-3900
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 Thursday @ 5:30 p.m.
Rosa Juarez, 941-955-7575
3221 Fruitville Road (34237)
3rd Thursday @ 5:30 p.m.
Dawn Fletcher, 941-955-7575
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 Wednesday @ 1:00 p.m.
Janet Harrod, 404-641-2276
Windsor of Venice
1600 Center Road (34292)
Second Saturday @ 10:00 a.m.
Mamet Allen, 941-806-8085
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.
State Plan to Address the Growing Needs of People Affected by Alzheimer's Disease
Gloria J.T. Smith, President/CEO
Alzheimer's Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
Every 68 seconds someone develops Alzheimer's, but that number is expected to skyrocket in coming years. Baby boomers are now reaching their golden years; therefore Florida will witness a dramatic increase of Alzheimer population.
Last year, the Florida Legislature approved legislation that created an 18-member Purple Ribbon Task Force that will develop a comprehensive state plan to address the growing needs of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers.
The new law requires the Task Force to assess the current impact of the disease and determine what future steps are needed to support the growing number of families affected by this devastating disease. With the leadership of Representative Matt Hudson (Naples) and Senator Garrett Richter (Naples), the bill moved swiftly through the legislative process with full support by the entire Legislature and the Governor.
Since the final approval by the Governor, the 18 members were appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President of the Florida Senate, and the Governor. Representative Matt Hudson was unanimously appointed by the members to Chair the Task Force.
The Purple Ribbon Task Force immediately mapped dementia-specific services around the state and identified the gaps in services. To date, the Purple Ribbon Task Force has met five times by webinar; created four subcommittees who have met multiple times. As required by law, the Task Force submitted an Interim Report to the Governor, Speaker and President on January 30. 2013.
The Task Force now begins the second phase of the year-long process by assessing the services and gaps, and developing a comprehensive plan that will include recommendations for change. The Task Force must submit the plan to the Speaker, President and Governor by August 1, 2013. We are anticipating Alzheimer legislation during the 2014 Legislative Session that will include many of the recommended changes made by the Purple Ribbon Task Force.
Gloria J.T. Smith, President/CEO of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter was appointed to serve on the Purple Ribbon Task Force.
Seven Stages of Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Frameworks or models can be useful when trying to better understand the possible progression of the disease.
One such model is the the seven-stage framework which is based on a system developed by Barry Reisberg, M.D., clinical director of the New York University School of Medicine's Silberstein Aging and Dementia Research Center.
Note that Alzheimer's symptoms vary. The stages below provide a general idea of how abilities change during the course of the disease.Stage 1: No impairment
The person does not experience any memory problems. An interview with a medical professional does not show any evidence of symptoms of dementia.
Stage 2: Very mild decline
Left- No impairment.
Right- Very severe decline
The person may feel as if he or she is having memory lapses - forgetting familiar words or the location of everyday objects. But no symptoms of dementia can be detected during a medical examination or by friends, family or co-workers.Stage 3: Mild decline
Friends, family or co-workers begin to notice difficulties. During a detailed medical interview, doctors may be able to detect problems in memory or concentrationStage 4: Moderate decline
Gaps in memory and thinking are noticeable, and individuals begin to need help with day-to-day activities.Stage 6: Severe decline
Memory continues to worsen, personality changes may take place and individuals need extensive help with daily activities.Stage 7: Very severe decline
In the final stage of this disease, individuals lose the ability to respond to their environment, to carry on a conversation and, eventually, to control movement.
Remember that not everyone will experience the same symptoms or progress at the same rate. In addition, it might be difficult to place a person in one stage as stages overlap.
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 email@example.com
or contact your local office.
Decrease the Chances of Wandering
A caregiver obtained a wireless doormat chime on Amazon.com. When the mat is stepped on a chime sounds on the chiming unit which alerts the caregiver that their loved one is on the move. The mat can be placed by the side of a bed or in front of a door.
Since, six out of ten people with Alzheimer's disease will wander and wandering can happen at any stage of the disease, it is important to take steps to increase the safety of the person with dementia. A chiming doormat is just one of many options or tools available to increase the safety of a loved one. Other options include the following:
- The MedicAlert® + Alzheimer's Association Safe Return® program is a nationwide identification program designed to save lives by facilitating the safe return of those whose wander. It includes an identification bracelet for the person with dementia as well as an optional caregiver bracelet.
- The Comfort Zone® and Comfort Zone Check-In™programs allows families to monitor a loved one's whereabouts remotely using web-based location services.
For more information visit Wandering and Getting Lost
located within the Safety section of the Alzheimer's Association Care Center. The page includes warning signs of wandering as well as strategies to help lower its chances. Remember that no safety plan is foolproof but proper planning can provide peace of mind to the caregiver and greatly increase safety for the person with dementia.
Note: The information in this column is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional or medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
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.
A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease raises many questions. The Alzheimer's Navigator - a free online tool designed specifically to help guide you to answers by creating customized action plans and providing access to information, support and local resources.
When facing dementia, there are a lot of things to consider. Alzheimer's Navigator helps map out a plan to approach Alzheimer's disease. Follow simple steps to figure out the next steps to develop a personalized action plan.
- Complete the Welcome Survey (Estimated time: 5 minutes). Example questions: Are you caring for someone with Alzheimer's or living with the disease yourself? What sort of challenges do you face on a daily basis?
- Answer focused surveys (Estimated time: 5 minutes). Based on your responses to the Welcome Survey, we will suggest additional surveys focused on the topics you want to know about, covering everything from care to safety to planning for the future.
- Receive a customized Action Plan. (See sample). We will deliver a tailored plan in an easy-to-use format.
Ready to get started? Go to the Alzheimer's Navigator page and take the first steps towards your personalized action plan.
If you have questions, concerns or just wish to talk to someone please feel free to contact us.
Alzheimer's Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
3277-A Fruitville Road, Sarasota, Florida 34237
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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