Florida Gulf Coast Chapter

 

Sarasota County

Update 

April 2013

In This Issue
Support Groups
New Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures Released
Make a Committment to End Alzheimer's
Caregiver Jewels: Respite Care
Research & Caregiver's Role
Florida's Long-Term Care Managed Care Program
Calendar
All programs are free to attend unless otherwise specified.

 

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, Elsie Quirk Public Library, 100 Dearborn Street, Englewood, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 

April 9, Memory Mobile, Jacaranda Public Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Boulevard, Venice, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 

April 10, Memory Mobile, North Port Public Library, 13800 South Tamiami Trail, North Port, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 

April 16, Caregiver Training, Family Issues and Caregiver Stress. Windsor of Venice, 1600 Center Road, Venice, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

April 17, Fundraiser, Chocolate Extravaganza.

Horizon Bay, 730 South Osprey Avenue, Sarasota, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

(R.S.V.P. by April 12 to 941-955-4646)

 

April 22, Memory Mobile, Sarasota. TBA

 

April 23, Memory Mobile, Jewish Family and Children Service, 2688 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

 

April 30, Lunch and Learn Caregiver Training,  Windsor of Venice, 1600 Center Road, Venice, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (RSVP by April 23 to 941-408-2600)

 

Upcoming in May

 

May 2, Caregiver Training, Basics of Alzheimer's Disease. Comfort Keepers, 3667 Webber Street, Sarasota, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 

May 3, Caregiver Training, Basics of Alzheimer's Disease. Senior Friendship Center, 1820 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 

May 11, Memory Mobile, Florida Blue Health Fair. Florida Blue Building, 285 North Cattleman Road, Sarasota, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 

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

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.

 

SARASOTA

 

Arden Courts
5509 Swift Road, (34231)
1ST Wednesday @ 5:30 p.m.
Erin Killian, 941-925-3900
Nikki Rodney, 941-925-3900


Clare Bridge
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


Heron House
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,
941-378-4414


Horizon Bay
730 South Osprey Avenue (34236)
3rd Wednesday @ 3:00 p.m.
Postponed until October


VENICE


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

 

Trinity Presbyterian Church

4365 State Road (34285)

Third Friday @ 1:00 p.m.

Katie Scott, 941-365-8883

ENGLEWOOD


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. 

 

Brain Tour

The Brain Tour is an interactive experience that explains how the

Click on the picture to begin the tour.

brain works and how Alzheimer's affects it.

 

Taking the tour: There are 16 interactive slides. As you view each slide, roll your mouse over any colored text to highlight special features of each image. Then, click on the arrow to move to the next slide.  

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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
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.
  
Your local Walk:
  

Sarasota - Oct. 12th  Act.alz.org/Sarasota


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 farinasr@alzflgulf.org 
  

Nicole Melnick at (941) 365-8883 or by email melnickn@alzflgulf.org.

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.

April Tip

Respite Care

 

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.

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

caregiverpsychology@umsl.edu and to take the survey go to Caregiver Health.

 

Trial Match

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.

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.

If you have questions, concerns or just wish to talk to someone please feel free to contact us. 

Sincerely,
  

Katie Scott 

Program Specialist 

Alzheimer's Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
3227-A Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237

Email: scottk@alzflgulf.org

Office: 941-365-8883

Facsimile: 941-365-8885

www.alz.org/flgulfcoast

Thank you!
Sarasota County  

  

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