Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
All programs are free to attend unless otherwise specified.
August 6th Movie Screening
: Angel's Perch
at AMC Veterans Theatre, 9302 Anderson Road, Tampa. 7:30 p.m. Angel's Perch
examines the delicate relationship between past and present, memory and loss. For tickets and details, click here
*August 13th Caregiver Education: Challenging Behaviors at the Inn Lakeshore Villas, 16001 Lakeshore Villa Drive, Tampa. 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, contact Amy Nguyen 813-386-1145.
*August 14th NEW Support Group for Spouses
at Arden Courts of Tampa, 14950 Casey Road, Tampa. 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Respite provided during the meeting; please call in advance for reservations. Call 813-963-6100 or email email@example.com
August 15th Educational Presentation
: Operation S.A.F.E.: Be Scam Smart
at Brandon Senior Center, 612 North Parsons Avenue, Brandon. 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. For more information and to register, please click here
August 15th Caregiver Education: Preparing for the Future: Medicare, Medicaid, VA Benefits- an Overview at Hyde Park United Methodist Church, 414 Magnolia Avenue, Tampa. 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Kathy Martin at 813-251-6333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*August 21st Caregiver Education: Challenging Behaviors & Caregiver Stress at Barksdale Senior Center, 1801 North Lincoln Avenue, Tampa.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. For more information and to register, please call Merry Beth at 813-348-1180.
*August 21st Educational Presentation: Healthy Brain Lifestyle at Town N Country Library, 7606 Paula Drive, Tampa. 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. For more information call 813-684-1296.
September 21st Celebrate World Alzheimer's Day with the Rays, Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, Saint Petersburg; 7:10 p.m; Tickets: $15.00, For groups 15 or more, contact Bob Windheim at 727-825-3220. For individual tickets visit: www.raysbaseball.com/alzheimers and use password: alz
*October 5th Walk to End Alzheimer's at Curtis Hixon Park, 400 North Ashley Drive, Tampa. Events begin at 9:00 a.m. Register online now. For more information, contact Rachel Farinas 727-578-2558 or email@example.com.
* Indicates programs presented by the Alzheimer's Association- Florida Gulf Coast Chapter.
New Early Stage e-News Brief
Are you a person with a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia? If so, you may be interested in our online news brief that has event reminders, tips and feature stories pertaining to your needs.
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.
Mild Cognitive Impairment Group
USF Alzheimer's Center
4001 East Fletcher Ave. Tampa
1st Floor Conference Room
Every 4th Thursday @ 2:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Nancy Teten (813) 974-4355
*Superior Residences of Brandon
1819 Providence Ridge Boulevard, 33511
3rd Monday @ 7:00 p.m. or 2nd Wednesday @ 2:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Charlotte Howard (813) 681-1986
Nell Bieser, (813) 625-0846
Dementia Support Group
Campo Family YMCA
3414 Culbreath Road, Valrico, 33596
Last Friday of every month @ 1:30
Facilitator: Jill Andrew, Superior Residences of
Life Church at FishHawk
6420 Lithia Pinecrest Road, Lithia, 33547
1st Monday @ 7:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Eddie Broom (813) 681-6503
First Baptist Church
503 North Palmer Street, Plant City
2nd Tues. @ 2:00 p.m. Bill Barr and
Facilitator: Stefanie Thompson (863) 292-9210
SUN CITY CENTER
*Courtyards at Sun City Center Assisted Living
255 Courtyards Boulevard, 33573
4th Wednesday @ 1:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Candise Brown (813) 634-4497
101 Trinity Lakes Drive
3rd Tuesday @ 2:30 p.m.
Facilitator: AmyBrand, (813) 246-4120
3910 Galen Court, 33573
1st and 3rd Thursday @ 10:00 a.m.
Facilitator: Bev Hurley (813) 633-4340 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hyde Park United Methodist Church
500 W. Platt Street
Knox Hall room 150
2nd Tuesday @ Noon
Facilitator: Mimi Buderus (813) 476-2628
Aston Gardens Westchase
11741 Lake Aston Court. Tampa 33626
3rd Thursday @ 5:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Arthur Mosley (813) 343- 0272
Brighton Gardens of Tampa
16702 North Dale Mabry Highway, 33618
Last Thursday @ 6:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Laura Pinard, (813) 908-2333
*Emeritus at North Dale
3401 West Bearss Ave, 33618
2nd Wednesday @ 11:30 a.m.
Facilitator: Louise Gray, (813) 961-1044
Please call facility to arrange respite care
2901 W Swann Avenue, Tampa, 33606
3rd Tuesday @ 3:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Tally Nelson, (813) 251-6333
The South Tampa Family YMCA
4411 S. Himes Avenue, 33611
Last Tuesday @ 12:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Yvette Wilmath (813) 839-0210
Hispanic Support Group
1810 West Clifton Street, 33603
First Thursday @ 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Madeline Rodriguez, (813) 871-3652
USF Alzheimer's Center
4001 E. Fletcher Ave.
First Floor Conference Room
1st Thursday of the month @ 2:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Eileen Poiley, (813) 974-4355
16001 Lakeshore Villa Drive
3rd Wednesday of the month @ 2:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Kim Schaub, (813) 684-1296
Stone Ledge Manor
12006 McIntosh Road
3rd Monday at 6:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Stormie Thayer & Cierra Henderson,
* Indicates Free Respite is provided by the support group host during the support group meeting. Please call in advance for reservations.
Are you or someone you care about experiencing early stage dementia? If so, you may qualify to participate in BASE.
Beginning Alzheimer's Support and Education (BASE) is a comprehensive program for individuals
with MCI or early stage Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia and their care partner.
BASE consists of nine weekly sessions; each two-hour session is dedicated to both education and support- with a primary emphasis on education.
Topics include: Basics of Dementia; Positive Communication; Living Day to Day; Skill-building; Feelings/Emotional Well Being; Medications and Current Research; Planning for the Future; and Creativity & Cognition.
Preregistration is required to participate in this program. Please contact our office for more information.
National AD Plan Update
The National Alzheimer's Plan, first released in May 2012, has a primary goal of preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer's Disease by 2025. In June 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services released an update to the Plan that reviews progresses made during the past year and an updated timeline to achieve the primary goal.
The National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease: 2013 Update also includes:
- Creation of milestones to help achieve the goal of prevention and effective treatment;
- Development of a curriculum on Alzheimer's Disease for primary care physicians so that providers have necessary skills to provide high-quality dementia care;
- Convening an expert panel on advanced dementia to address unique needs of late stage patients; and
- Expanding public outreach efforts to increase awareness of the disease and link caregivers to available resources.
Walk to End Alzheimer's
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Care for the Caregiver
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.
Address the Stress: The Sleep Factor
Joel Carrier, volunteer AAFGCC, family caregiver
Still waiting for that Elusive Good Night's Sleep?
Unless you're willing to make a few changes in your
daily routine, keep dreaming.
Sleep deprivation is nothing to yawn at. According to
the National Institute of Health, more than 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep
disorders, and an additional 20 million report
occasional sleeping problems. This doesn't even begin to reflect the number of folks for whom sleep is challenged due to additional factors like stress and
Caregivers for those living with Alzheimer's and related dementias may find the dilemma of sleep deprivation even more perplexing: to reduce stress, you need more sleep; to sleep better, you need to reduce stress.
Time to bust a few myths:
* You cannot make up for lost sleep. Just like lost
time, lost sleep is one commodity we can't replenish.
In fact, sleeping in or longer a couple days a week can upset your body's internal clock, making a good
night's rest even more elusive for those of us who are already sleep-challenged.
* You will not learn to need less sleep. You can fool
yourself into believing you can get by on less sleep:
Truth is we can. But this isn't the same as training our bodies to need less sleep. We're born with a set sleep needs; ignoring this can lead to serious consequences, like poor job performance (remember: paid or unpaid, caregiving is our job), increased risks of accidents and a host of health issues too numerous to list here.
* Your sleep problems will not go away on their own. Whether due to sleep disorders or stresses related to care giving, sleep deprivation needs to be hit head-on if you want to get back to your fully functioning self. Forget about being tired: Lack of sleep makes us irritable, less patient, more easily agitated and can jeopardize and impair our judgment. Not a good recipe when it comes to caring for those who depend on us.
Admittedly, as caregivers our own sleep challenges
may stem from sleep issues our loved ones are having. Which is why it's important to address the sleep issues of all involved: wandering or confusing days with nights does not make for sound sleep for anyone. If this is the case, talk to your loved one's doctor. He or she may be able to make suggestions to address your loved ones sleep, including better sleep hygiene, environmental changes, behavior modification techniques or medications.
None of this addresses the bigger, all-consuming issue of time, though. Sometimes, there is just not enough - and sleep is almost always the first thing to go. Unfortunately, there are no easy fixes for this other than self-discipline.
So the next time you're tempted to forgo sleep in lieu of folding laundry, running the vacuum, worrying about tomorrow's meal plan, checking your bank account online and shopping for groceries at midnight, remember this: Everything we do or don't do to take care of ourselves directly impacts our abilities to care for our loved ones.
For more information on sleep disorders, sleep deprivation and suggestions for improving quality of sleep speak to your health care professional. You may also want to gain more information by visiting the following websites:
Emily Reese, Program Specialist, AAFGCC
Using Memory Aids
A caregiver shared that his wife used a daily dairy quite successfully for a period of time. She kept the diary by the phone so she could note telephone calls, appointments and general reminders and tasks.
We all use memory aids from time to time but for someone with early memory loss, using aids can
be essential to maintaining independence longer.
Labels, lists, notebooks and sticky notes can help a
person cope with their memory loss.
Other memory aid ideas:
- Label drawers to help your loved one find things.
- Keep important numbers by the phone.
- Post reminders to lock doors or shut windows.
- Have step-by-step instructions on how to work appliances (such as the computer), or complete routine tasks (such as fixing your hair, applying make-up or brushing teeth).
About this column: Caregiver Jewels is a column featuring tips from 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 by sending your tip to email@example.com 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.
Nominate a 'Hero'
Nominate a 'Hero' who could win $50,000 award for the Alzheimer's Association.
The Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation is looking for Community Hero nominations, and we need your help.
If you know of someone to nominate as a Community Hero, the Alzheimer's Association would like to know. With your help, we can submit one nomination on behalf of the Alzheimer's Association who, if selected, earns $50,000 for their sponsoring charity.
The Hero must live in one of the following seven Florida counties: Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, or Sarasota.
The Foundation is looking for "everyday heroes" who do extraordinary things, such as:
- Overcame personal tragedies or challenges (inspired others).
- Became a catalyst to helping others with similar challenges (gone above and beyond).
- Made personal financial sacrifices to make a difference (selflessness).
- Started small grass roots effort which grew in scope over time (significant community impact).
The key word is "everyday hero." The Foundation is not focused on people who are already well-known and have been acknowledged for their efforts. The application asks for specific examples.
For more information, visit the Lightning website: http://lightning.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=69658
If you have a nomination to suggest, please contact Lori Sims, VP of Development, Alzheimer's Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 941-365-8883.
The first nomination cycle runs through August 16, 2013. There will be two additional deadlines throughout the season. We can submit only one name this season.
If you have questions, concerns or just wish to talk to someone please feel free to contact us.
Kim Schaub, Program Specialist
Phone: (813) 684-1296
Fax: (813) 685-7213
309 North Parsons Avenue
Brandon, FL 33510
Nancy Parente, Bilingual & Multi-Cultural Outreach Program Specialist
Phone: (727) 578-2558
Fax: (727) 578-2286
Alzheimer's Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
2013 Walk to End Alzheimer's 5,000 Steps Sponsorships.
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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