Florida Gulf Coast Chapter

 

Polk Update 

June 2013

In This Issue
Support Groups
Early Stage Programs
Alzheimer's Association International Conference®
Walk to End Alzheimer's
Care for the Caregiver: Time to Get Moving
Legal Documents
Caregiver Jewels: Activities
Calendar
All programs are free to attend unless otherwise specified.

 

June 4 Social Engagement: Coffee Club 
  
June 6 Caregiver Education: Basic's of Alzheimer's at Alzheimer's Association, 1000 American Superior Blvd, Winter Haven, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Contact (863) 292-9210 for RSVP

 

June 10 Caregiver Education: Brain Function and Overview of Dementia (includes question and answer section) at Magnify Credit Union, South Lakeland Branch, 961 E Road 540-A, Lakeland, FL 33813, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Contact (863) 292-9210 / thompsons@alzflgulf.org for questions or RSVP, or register online through Magnify Credit Union.

June 18 Caregiver Education: Brain Function and Overview of Dementia (includes question and answer section) at Magnify Credit Union, South Lakeland Branch, 961 E Road 540-A, Lakeland, FL 33813, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Contact (863) 292-9210 / thompsons@alzflgulf.org for questions or RSVP, or register online through Magnify Credit Union.
   
Upcoming
  
August Early Stage ProgramBeginning Alzheimer's Support and Education (BASE).  Nine week (2 hours once a week) program, in Lakeland.  To qualify contact 863-292-9210 / thompsons@alzflgulf.org.
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 coffeeclub

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.m

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 Thursday @ 10:30 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

 

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 Manor

12006 McIntosh Road, Thonotosassa

(813) 571-4117

3rd Monday at 6:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Stormie Thayer

 

Winter Haven

 

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. 

Early Stage Programs
The Alzheimer's Association has early stage dementia programs.  Are you or someone you know experiencing early stage dementia?  If so, you may be interested to participate in one of our early stage programs. 
 
One such program is called BASE (Beginning Alzheimer's Support and Education) a educational and supportive program that runs two-hours a week for nine weeks.  the program is intended for people with an early stage diagnoisis and their carepartners. The next program is starting in August. For more information contact us at 863-292-9210.
 
BASE 
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Alzheimer's Association International Conference®
Alzheimer's Association International Conference
The Alzheimer's Association International Conference® (AAIC) serves as a catalyst for generating new knowledge about dementia and fostering a vital, collegial research community. It is the world's leading forum on dementia research. 

 

Each year, thousands of the world's leading dementia researchers gather to share discoveries and innovative ideas in a forum that defines the field. In 2013, we'll celebrate 25 years of progress while shaping a future that answers our questions about Alzheimer's and dementia. 
  
AAIC 2013 will be held July 13-18, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts. Registration is now open
Walk to End Alzheimer's®
Walk to End Alzheimer's is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions.

Get involved by forming a Walk to End Alzheimer's team, or join the Alzheimer's Association - Polk County Team.
 
Follow this link for more information. 
  
Walk To End Alzheimer's 1 
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. 

Time to Get Moving: 10 Will Get You 60

Joel Carrier, volunteer AAFGCC, family caregiver

 

No pain, no gain? No way.

 

You probably already know that physical activity tops the list of stress-busters. And that health gurus recommend at least 30 minutes of exercise at least five times per week for improving physical and mental health.

 

So what can 10 minutes of physical activity each day do for you? For starters, it can net 60 minutes worth of metabolic effects - which is a huge return on investment for caregivers living hyper-shortened days.

 

Recent studies suggest a simple 10-minute workout can trigger metabolic changes in the body for at least an hour after exercising (Church, Earnst, Skinner, & Blair, 2007; and Gerszten, et al., 2010). That's enough to help strengthen your immune system, burn extra calories, melt away fat, help control blood sugar, promote healthy blood flow, strengthen the heart, detoxify your system and elevate your mood for the entire day.

 

Compound this by seven days a week and, whew! It's like seven hours at the gym. Only better.

 

No time? No worries.

 

Short bursts of daily exercise don't require a gym membership, exercise equipment, personal trainer or even leaving the house. A definite plus for caregivers who are already overtaxed and who can't easily fit in a workout on a regular basis.

                                  

And making time in your day can be easy, fun, satisfying and entirely doable.

  • Start the day with a quick walk around the block
  • Ride a bike to the drug or convenience store
  • Take advantage of stairs
  • Buy a jump rope - and use it
  • Play a game of hoops or hopscotch with the kids
  • Purchase an inexpensive set of exercise bands - and use them

The point is to get up and move your body for 10 minutes a day. Chances are when you do, you won't want to stop.

 

Recognize the warning signs of caregiver stress and take the caregiver stress check.


 Visit here
 for more tips on how to manage stress.

 

Feel the stress? We're here to help you.

Legal Documents

Stefanie Thompson, Senior Program Specialist, AAFGCC

 

Planning for the future is a necessary part of life. Having a solid legal plan in place - including proper legal documents - is especially important for the person with dementia though, because it helps ensure that the person's wishes are followed when he or she can no longer speak for himself or herself.

 

Standard legal documents include power of attorney, health care surrogate, living will, do not resuscitate order (DNRO), standard will, living trust and guardianship/conservatorship. Some forms are available for free through the Florida Department of Health:  

Because laws vary by state and are constantly changing, consulting with an attorney who specializes in elder law is highly recommended. To find a lawyer in your area, contact our office or visit one of the following websites. 

Once the documents have been filled out and authorized, give appropriate copies (e.g. DNRO on yellow legal paper) to physicians and other care personnel. Caregivers should keep a set with them and make available to emergency professionals when necessary. It is also important to communicate directly with each medical facility to be sure they understand your loved one's wishes, and that orders in the documents will be carried out as directed. In some cases -- a planned hospital procedure, for instance - the facility may require its own internal documents be filled out. Be sure to clarify this, in advance, with each facility. 

Caregiver Jewels
Emily Reese, Program Specialist, AAFGCC

June Tip
Activities
  
A caregiver shared information on a respite video he plays for his wife when he needs to occupy her so he can have a little time to pay bills, do chores around the home or just have a few quiet moments to himself. The video gives the caregiver a temporary break while engaging his wife's attention and providing her with stimulation.  The video can be obtained through Videorespite.  

Providing a daily routine of activities is important for the person with dementia. Activities provide a sense of purpose and can help decrease anxiety and challenging behaviors. Keeping the person active during the day can also help promote better sleep at night. For an activity to be successful it needs to accommodate the person's current abilities. For example, a bridge player may find the game too challenging but still enjoy playing a simple game of go fish. 
  

For more information on activities and creating a daily plan visit these links:

About this column
Caregiver Jewels is 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.

 

Note: The information in this column is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional or medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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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

Website: 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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