Florida Gulf Coast Chapter

 

Polk County Update 

April 2013

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

  

*March 28  Caregiver Education: Understanding Respite at Solivita, 395 Village Dr, Poinciana, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Contact (863) 292-9210 for RSVP.  

  

*March 29, Third Annual Caregiver's Day Out at Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd. Lake Wales, FL, 863.676.1408. Reservations required. To RSVP call 863.292.9210 or email thompsons@alzflgulf.org.

    

*April 2 Social Group: Coffee Club (social club for caregivers and people with late early to mid- stage dementia) at Highland Park Church, Family Ministry Bldg. Cafe, 4730 Lakeland Highlands Rd., Lakeland, 10:30 a.m. For more information contact Stefanie Thompson (863) 292-9210 / thompsons@alzflgulf.org.

 

*April 4 Caregiver EducationBasic's of Alzheimer's at Alzheimer's Association, 1000 American Superior Blvd, Winter Haven. 1:00-2:00 p.m. Contact (863) 292-9210 for RSVP. 

 

April 9 Caregiver Education: Harmony and Abstraction. A free program through the Arts Ensemble Educational Foundation for family caregivers who wish to learn more about abstract painting and self-expression. At the Arts Ensemble, 1000 American Superior Blvd., Winter Haven, 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.  If you wish to attend please contact Tina Clark at 863-224-8557 or etclark47@gmail.com.

 

*April 18  Caregiver EducationCommunications With Alzheimer's at Alzheimer's Association,  1000 American Superior Blvd, Winter Haven 1:00- 2:00 p.m. Contact (863) 292-9210 for RSVP.  

 

*April 18, Caregiver Education, Learn About Community Resources. Highland Park Church, Chapel., 4777 Lakeland Highlands Rd, Lakeland, 6:00-7:30 p.m. For more information: 863.292.9210 / thompsons@alzflgulf.org

  

April 23 Caregiver Education: Harmony and Abstraction. A free program through the Arts Ensemble Educational Foundation for family caregivers who wish to learn more about abstract painting and self-expression. At the Arts Ensemble, 1000 American Superior Blvd., Winter Haven, 3:00 - 4:15 p.m.  If you wish to attend please contact Tina Clark at 863-224-8557 or etclark47@gmail.com.

 

*April 25 Caregiver EducationChallenging Behaviors of Alzheimer's at Alzheimer's Association, 1000 American Superior Blvd, Winter Haven  at  1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Contact (863) 292-9210 for RSVP.

 

*April 30 Caregiver Education Basics of AD, Communications, & Challenging Behaviors, at The Sterling House, 6110 Cypress Gardens Blvd. Winter Haven, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 

Upcoming in May

 

*May 7 Social Group: Coffee Club (social club for caregivers and people with late early to mid- stage dementia) at Highland Park Church, Family Ministry Bldg. Cafe, 4730 Lakeland Highlands Rd., Lakeland, 10:30 a.m. For more information contact Stefanie Thompson (863) 292-9210 / thompsons@alzflgulf.org.

 

* 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.

 

Early Stage and Care Partner Groups

 

Lakeland

Beyond BASE Early Stage

The Estates at Carpenters
1001 Carpenters Way, Lakeland, (863) 858-3847

1st Friday @ 1:30 p.m.
Early Stage Transition: Brady Beatty

Facilitators: Stefanie Thompson and Lori Garrard

Register call (863) 292-9210

 

Winter Haven / Lake Wales

Beyond BASE Early Stage

Lake Ashton- Contact Chris Wilcox (863) 292-9210

 

Social Groups

 

Lakeland

Coffee Club (social club for caregivers and people with late early to mid- stage dementia)

Highland Park Church, Family Ministry Bldg.

Cafe, 4730 Lakeland Highlands Rd, Lakeland

(863) 647-3518

1st Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
For more information contact Stefanie Thompson

(863) 292-9210 / thompsons@alzflgulf.org

 

Caregiver Support Groups

 

Auburndale

Good Shepherd Hospice

105 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale (863) 297-1880

3rd Friday, 10:00 a.m. Facilitator: Cindy Clouse

 

Davenport / Haines City
Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center
Cafeteria Conference Room

40100 US Hwy 27 North
1st Thursday at 10:00 a.m.

Facilitator: Stacie Cleveland

 

Lake Wales
Water's Edge of Lake Wales
10 Grove Avenue West, Lake Wales
3rd Thursday @ 10:30 a.m.
Facilitator: Suzanne Lull (863) 206-0470

 

Lake Wales Public Library
290 Cypress Gardens Lane, Lake Wales
4th Monday @ 1:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Suzanne Lull, (863) 206-0470

Lakeland
Hawthorne Inn -Lakeland* (Lunch Provided)
6150 Lakeland Highlands Road, (863) 644-6414
1st Thursday @ 1:00 p.m.

Facilitators: Diane Wilson and Michelle Sharpe  

 

Savannah Cottage* (Lunch Provided)
605 Carpenter's Way, Lakeland, (863) 815-9411
1st Friday @ 12:00 p.

Facilitator: Mary Jo Williams
 

Valencia Hills Health & Rehab (Lunch Provided)
 
1350 Sleepy Hill Rd, Lakeland.
One Wednesday a month @ 12:00 p.m. and
One Saturday a month @ 1:00 p.m.

Please call support group facilitator, Rich Quinn at

(863) 858-4402 x352 for scheduled dates 

 

Southland Suites* (Lunch Provided)

4250 Lakeland Highlands Rd., Lakeland,

(863) 701-7820

2nd Tuesday @ 1:00 p.m.

Facilitators: Donna Schoenenberger and Jo Lewis

 

Emeritus at Lakeland
2111 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland, (863) 688-1126
2nd Wed. @ 2:00 p.m., Facilitator: Pam Flanders

 

Cypress Lakes (Starting May 20, 2013)
10000 US 98 North, Lakeland, (863) 859-2136
3rd Monday @ 10:00 a.m.

Facilitator: Alyss Ervolina 

To attend RSVP to Gwen Snook for gate pass.

  

Lithia

Life Church at FishHawk

6420 Lithia Pinecrest Rd., Lithia

1st Monday @ 7:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Eddie Broom (813) 681-6503

 

Plant City First Baptist Church
503 North Palmer Street, Plant City

2nd Tues. @ 2:00 p.m., Facilitators: Bill Barr and

Stefanie Thompson (863) 292-9210
  

Poinciana

Baltic Room
385 Village Drive at Solivita, Poinciana

4th Thursday @ 10:00 a.m.

Facilitator: Nancy Callahan, (863) 496-1136

Thonotosassa 

Stone Ledge Mano

12006 McIntosh Road, Thonotosassa

(813) 571-4117 

3rd Monday at 6:00 p.m.

Co-facilitators: Stormie Thayer and Cierra Henderson

 

Winter Haven Florida Blue

385 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven

2nd Monday @ 3:00 p.m.  Snacks provided. 

Facilitator: Chris Wilcox, (863) 292-9210

 

Brookdale Senior Living- Sterling House
6110 Cypress Gardens Blvd. (863) 318-8055

3rd Monday @ 3:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Chris Wilcox, (863) 292-9210 

Hawthorne Inn of Winter Haven (Lunch Provided) 625 Overlook Drive, Winter Haven (863) 324-2212
3rd Wed. @ 11:30 a.m.,

Chris Wilcox, (863) 292-9210


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

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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: Lakeland - Nov. 2nd Act.alz.org/Lakeland 


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.
Early Stage Program
The Alzheimer's Association has early stage dementia programs.

  

Are you or someone you know experiencing early stage dementia?  If so, they may qualify to participate in one of our early stage programs. 

  

For more information contact your local office. 

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.

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.

Brain Tour
Click on this picture to start the tour.
The Brain Tour explains how the 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.

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,
  

Stefanie Thompson and Chris Wilcox

Program Specialists

Alzheimer's Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
Polk County Office

1000 American Superior Blvd.

Winter Haven, FL 33880

Email: thompsons@alzflgulf.org / wilcoxc@alzflgulf.org 

Office: (863) 292-9210

Facsimile:(863) 292-9603

www.alz.org/flgulfcoast

  

Thank You   

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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