Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
Sumter County Update
All programs are free to attend unless otherwise specified.
March 27 - Caregiver Training: Communications, The Residence At Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road, Spring Hill, 10:00 a.m. Call 352-683-9009 for reservations.
March 28 - Outreach: Memory Screenings, The Residence At Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road, Spring Hill, 10:00 a.m. Call 352-683-9009 for reservations.
April 2 - Education Presentation: Healthy Aging: Brain-Body Connection, Pasco-Hernando Community College, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Brooksville., 10:00 a.m. Call 352-797-5167 for reservations.
April 9 - Caregiver Training: Making the Placement Decision, HPH Hospice, 3545 N. Lecanto Highway, Beverly Hills, 2:00 p.m. Call 352-527-4600 for reservations.
April 15 & 16 - Outreach: Memory Mobile with Memory Screenings, HPH Hospice, 3545 N. Lecanto Highway, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 352-527-4600 for reservations.
April 17 - Outreach: Memory Mobile with Memory Screenings, Superior Residences At Lecanto, 4864 W. Gulf To Lake Highway, Lecanto, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 352-746-5483 for reservations.
April 18 & 19 - Outreach: Memory Mobile with Memory Screenings, HPH Hospice, 12260 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 352-597-1882 for reservations.
April 23 - Education Presentation: HBO: Momentum In Science, Pasco-Hernando Community College, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Brooksville., 2:00 p.m. Call 352-797-5167 for reservations.
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.
Main Library/Lykes Memorial
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
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
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
*First United Methodist Church (352) 628-4083
Crystal River Health & Rehabilitation Center
136 Northeast 12th Avenue
Crystal River, FL 34429
3rd Saturday of each month at 2:00 p.m.
Christina DiPiazza (352) 795-5044
*Crystal River Health & Rehab (352) 795-5044
* Indicates Free Respite is provided by the support group host during the support group meeting. Please call in advance for reservations.
Florida's Long-Term Care Managed Care Program
The National Senior Citizens Law Center released a Special Report entitled Summary of Florida's Long Term Care Managed Care Program which summarizes importantaspects of Florida's long-term care managed care program. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved Florida's proposal to provide Medicaid long-term services and supports through managed care in February.
The special report can be downloaded free from the NSCLC website (NSCLC.org) or directly through this link.
Research & Caregiver's Role
Researchers at the University of Missouri-St. Louis are interested in learning about the experiences of women who currently have an older relative with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia. We are looking for women ages thirty to sixty- five years who have a parent living with dementia and are also parents themselves ("sandwich generation" caregivers). The study involves answering questions about the caregiving role and other health related questions. The survey will take approximately thirty minutes to complete and is done ONLINE. Participants who complete the survey will be eligible to win a $100 gift card. For more information e-mail
email@example.com and to take the survey go to Caregiver Health.
For information about other types of studies visit Trial Match. Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch® is a free, easy-to-use clinical studies matching service that connects individuals with Alzheimer's, caregivers, healthy volunteers and physicians with current studies.
New Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures Released
The 2013 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures
is now available. The report, released every year covers quick facts about Alzheimer's disease, prevalence, mortality, impact on caregivers
, cost to the nation
and specific facts related to each state (e.g. Florida
). In addition, this year's report covers long-distance caregiving.
|Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures 2013|
Some report highlights:
- Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States overall and the 5th leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older.
- It is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America without a way to prevent it, cure it or even slow its progression.
- Deaths from Alzheimer's increased 68 percent between 2000 and 2010, while deaths from other major diseases, including the number one cause of death (heart disease), decreased.
While ambiguity about the underlying cause of death can make it difficult to determine how many people die from Alzheimer's, there are no survivors. If you do not die from Alzheimer's disease, you die with it. One in every three seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another dementia.
In 2013, an estimated 450,000 people in the United States will die with Alzheimer's.
- In 2012, Caregivers provided over 17 billion hours of unpaid care valued at more than $216 billion.
Nearly 15 percent of caregivers for people with Alzheimer's or another dementia are long-distance caregivers.
- Out-of-pocket expenses for long-distance caregivers are nearly twice as much as local caregivers.
In 2013, Alzheimer's will cost the nation $203 billion. This number is expected to rise to $1.2 trillion by 2050.
Make a Commitment to End Alzheimer's
Join the 2013 Walk To End Alzheimer's. Walk to End Alzheimer's unites the entire community - family, friends, co-workers, social and religious groups and more --- in a display of combined strength and dedication in the fight against this devastating disease. While there is no fee to register, each participant is expected to fundraise in order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness. The Alzheimer's Association provides free, easy-to-use tools and staff support to help each participant reach their fundraising goal.
When you participate in Walk, your fundraising dollars fuel mission-related initiatives of care, support and research. In addition, your actions, both through fundraising and participating in the event, help to change the level of Alzheimer's awareness in your community. At a Walk event, you can learn more about Alzheimer's disease and the support programs and services offered by your local chapter. You will also have unique opportunities to get involved with the cause through advocacy initiatives and clinical trial enrollment. These experiences, in addition to other on-site opportunities, help each participant connect to their reason for walking.
Join a Walk Committee
Another way to get involved is my joining a Walk Committee. These local meetings are once a month and help organize and facilitate Walk day events. If you are interested contact Rachel Farinas at (727) 259-2317 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Everyone needs a break
"My husband who has Alzheimer's disease was reluctant to go to adult day care (thankfully, it is called The Senior Friendship Center!) because in his view, he didn't need to be there. I explained to him that going to the Friendship Center is his "job" because some of the folks are not as fortunate as him and that by making friends and reaching out, he is helping those less fortunate. This strategy works every time! Now he is happy to go!"
Caregiving is demanding; it is normal to need a break. Respite care provides caregivers a temporary rest from caregiving, while the person with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia continues to receive care in a safe environment.
Taking that first step and initiating services can, at times, be challenging for the caregiver and the care recipient. The tip above was a creative response that maintained the care recipients dignity and self-esteem, key goals in any interaction with a person with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.
Respite care can provide the caregiver with:
- A chance to spend time with other friends and family, or to just relax
- Time to take care of errands such as shopping, exercising, getting a haircut or going to the doctor
- Comfort and peace of mind knowing that the person with dementia is spending time with another caring individual
Respite care services can give the person with dementia an opportunity to:
- Interact with others having similar experiences
- Spend time in a safe, supportive environment
- Participate in activities designed to match personal abilities and need
For more information on Adult Day Centers click here and on other types of respite services click here.
For respite services available in your community contact your local program specialist.
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.
Alzheimer's Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
4108 Lamson Ave, Spring Hill, FL 34608
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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