Florida Gulf Coast Chapter

 

Sarasota Update 

October 2013

In This Issue
Support Groups
Conversations About Driving
Why I Walk to End Alzheimer's
Lessons from Super Seniors
Find a Walk Near You
Caregiver Jewels: More Than Exercise
Caregivers Take Note- Music as Therapy
Staying Engaged
Calendar
All programs are free to attend unless otherwise specified.
  

October 1, Caregiver Training, Better Communication. Villa Grande at Sarasota, 4 Maggie Lane, Sarasota, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 

October 2, Early Stage Program: Beginning Alzheimer's Support and Education (BASE) Program, Kobernick House Library, 1951 North Honore Avenue, Sarasota, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00p.m. (For more information and to reserve a space please contact the Alzheimer's Association, 941-365-8883)

 

October 3, Caregiver Training, Managing Challenging Behaviors. Summit At Venice, 200 Nassau Street, Venice, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  

 

October 4, Education Training, Research Updates. Jewish Family and Children's Services, 2688 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

 

October 4, Caregiver Training, Basics of Alzheimer's Disease. Comfort Keepers, 3619 Webber Street, Sarasota, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

  

October 5, Walk to End Alzheimer's - Manatee County, Riverwalk- Rossi Park, 101 Old Main Street, Bradenton, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 

October 8, Caregiver Training, Managing Challenging Behaviors. Windsor of Venice, 1600 Center Road, Venice, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

October 9, Early Stage Program, Beginning Alzheimer's Support and Education (BASE) Program, Kobernick House Library, 1951 North Honore Avenue, Sarasota, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00p.m. (For more information and to reserve a space please contact the Alzheimer's Association, 941-365-8883)

 

October 10, Walk to End Alzheimer's Fundraiser, Chili Cook-Off, Clare Bridge Venice, 1200 Avenida Del Circo, Venice, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (for more information call Clare Bridge Venice, 941-485-8885)

 

October 11, Memory Mobile/Health Fair, Boar's Head Provisions Co., Inc. Annual Employee Health/Benefit Fair, 1819 Main Street Suite 800, Sarasota, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 

October 11, Caregiver Training, Managing Challenging Behaviors. Alderman Oaks, 727 Hudson Avenue, Sarasota, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 

October 12, Walk to End Alzheimer's -Sarasota County, Payne Park, 2050 Adams Lane, Sarasota, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 

October 14, Caregiver Training, Family Issues and Caregiver Stress. Y.M.C.A. of Venice, 701 Center Road, Venice, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 

October 15, Caregiver Training, Family Issues and Caregiver Stress. Villa Grande at Sarasota, 4 Maggie Lane, Sarasota, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 

October 16, Early Stage Program, Beginning Alzheimer's Support and Education (BASE) Program, Kobernick House Library, 1951 North Honore Avenue, Sarasota, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (For more information and to reserve a space please contact the Alzheimer's Association, 941-365-8883)

 

October 17, Retirement Celebration, Helen Nider's Retirement Celebration, Alzheimer's Association Sarasota-Manatee Office, 3277-A Fruitville Road, Sarasota, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 

October  18, Caregiver Training, Basics of Alzheimer's Disease. Senior Friendship Center, 1888 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m 

 

October  18, Caregiver Training, Managing Challenging Behaviors. Horizon Bay, 730 South Osprey, Sarasota, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m 

 

October 22, Memory Screenings, Villa Grande at Sarasota, 4 Maggie Lane, Sarasota, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (For more information or to schedule a screening, please call Gary Bostedor, 941-366-2200)

 

October 23, Early Stage Program, Beginning Alzheimer's Support and Education (BASE) Program, Kobernick House Library, 1951 North Honore Avenue, Sarasota, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00p.m. (For more information and to reserve a space please contact the Alzheimer's Association, 941-365-8883)

 

October 23, Caregiver Training, Family Issues and Caregiver Stress, Clare Bridge Venice, 1200 Avenida Del Circo, Venice, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 

October 24, Education Program, Virtual Dementia Tour, Senior Friendship Center of Venice, 2350 Scenic Drive, Venice, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (For more information or to make an appointment, please call Phyllis Balliett, 941-584-0050)

 

October 30, Early Stage Program, Beginning Alzheimer's Support and Education (BASE) Program, Kobernick House Library, 1951 North Honore Avenue, Sarasota, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (For more information and to reserve a space please contact the Alzheimer's Association, 941-365-8883)

 

Upcoming in November

 

November  1, Caregiver Training, Basics of Alzheimer's Disease. Senior Friendship Center, 1888 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

 

November 2, Education Program, Sarasota County Annual Caregiver Forum, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, 1700 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 9:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. (For more information or to receive a registration forms, please call 941-365-8883 or 941-955-2122)

 

November 4, Education Program, Virtual Dementia Tour, Senior Friendship Center of Venice, 2350 Scenic Drive, Venice, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (For more information or to make an appointment, please call Phyllis Balliett, 941-584-0050)

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.

 

Arden Courts
5509 Swift Road, (34231)
First Wednesday @ 5:30 p.m.
Erin Killian, 941-925-3900
Nikki Rodney, 941-925-3900 
 
Clare Bridge Sarasota
8450 McIntosh Road (34238)
Second Tuesday @ 4:00 p.m.
Jerri Andree, 941-928-4753

 

Senior Friendship Center
Caregiver Resource Center
1820 Brother Geenen 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)
Third Thursday @ 9:30 a.m.
Kathleen Houseweart, 941-917-7197
(Dual support group for Mild Cognitive
Impairment & Early Stage patients & families)


Palmer Ranch Healthcare
5111 Palmer Ranch Parkway (34238)
Third Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.
Susan Garbett, 941-358-1209


Genesis Healthcare at Springwood Center

4602 Northgate Court
Third Wednesday @ 4:00 p.m.
Amy Paine, 941-355-2913


Pines of Sarasota
1501 N. Orange Ave.
Third Thursday @ 2:00 p.m.
Ann Modercin, 941-365-0250


Emeritus of Colonial Park Club
4730 Bee Ridge Road (34233)
First Tuesday @ 6:00 p.m.
Maggie DiFranco & Julie Schechter,
941-378-4414

 

Emeritus of Sarasota

5501 Swift Road (34231)

First Tuesday @ 6:00 p.m.
Tamsin Dayment & Jared Swan,

941- 922-8778

 

*Cabot Reserve on the Green

4450 8th Street (34232)

First Friday @ 2:30 p.m.

Renee Downton, 941-377-3231

 

Horizon Bay

730 Osprey Avenue

Third Friday @ 3:30 p.m.

Front Desk, 941-955-4646

Katie Scott, 941-365-8883


VENICE


Aston Gardens @ Pelican Point
9000 Ibis Way (34292)
First Wednesday @ 3:00 p.m.
Pat Quigley, 941-484-9494

 

Pinebrook Nursing Center
1240 Pinebrook Road (34285)
Third 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


Windsor of Venice
1600 Center Road (34292)
Second Saturday @ 10:00 a.m.
Front Desk, 941-408-2600 

Josh Harris, 941-451-4135


Trinity Presbyterian Church
4365 State Road (34285)
Third Friday @ 1:00 p.m.
Jo Stephens, 941-475-7053

Front Office, 941-493-0018

 

*Summit At Venice

200 North Nassau Street

First Thursday @ 3:30 p.m.

Front Desk, 941-485-2404


ENGLEWOOD


Emeritus at River Oaks
925 South River Road (34223)
Third 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.

Conversations About Driving
Plan in Place
Plan in Place
Janet is in the early stages of younger-onset Alzheimer's. She's doing well now, but realizes that eventually she'll have to stop driving. She talks with her family about a plan for the future.
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Why I Walk to End Alzheimer's
08-30-2013 17:08:36 p.m.
Karen Garner, Blogger, blog.alz.org
  

Good question. I don't do it for me. I walk because I have a husband who has younger-onset Alzheimer's disease. I walk because my husband's brother passed away from younger-onset Alzheimer's disease. I walk because their Mom passed away from younger-onset Alzheimer's disease -and possibly their Grandmother and [...]... Read moreĽ

Lessons from Super Seniors
Trish Watson, Estates at Carpenters
  
Pushing boundaries, ignoring stereotypes, and blazing new trails are the attributes of Super Seniors. Older adults who choose to discard the automatic, negative associations toward being old are aging in extraordinary ways. 
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Bob Smith of Lakeland tandem jump's.
Super Seniors live their lives with the motto "What's age got to do with it?"

The mindset you hold towards aging has a tremendous influence on how well you will age. Studies show that genetics have only a 30% influence on the length of our lives; the remaining 70% depends on whether you have the right attitude, stay active and continue doing the things you love, and remain open to trying new things.

If people believe that their later years can be a time of good health and vitality, and they are willing to incorporate the lifestyle behaviors that will make it happen, the results can be amazing.  Several residents of the Estates at Carpenters possess this Super Senior mentality, among them are Bob Smith, Peggy Peppers, and Bunny MacMunn.

Bob Smith participated in a tandem parachute jump with Bob Crossman from Skydive Deland.  Bob just wanted to try something new and exciting.  Age wasn't part of his decision.

Peggy Peppers didn't see why her age should stop her from going zip lining in the foothills of the Missouri Ozarks.

Bunny MacMunn is teaching Gentle Yoga to her fellow Estates residents.  She isn't short of students either.  Residents who were starting to have trouble with balance and flexibility couldn't wait to give Bunny's classes a try, even though some of them were never health-conscious or even involved in physical activities when they were younger. The difference is that they don't let that stop them.

Super Seniors have four key elements in their lives.
  • They are optimistic and have a positive attitude.
  • They are engaged and feel a passion for life, and retain, discover, or develop a sense of purpose.
  • The third element is being active and mobile.  They move, function, and maintain independence by exercising and staying active.
  • The final element is being adaptable when it comes to loss.  Super Seniors are resilient. They deal with and adapt to the difficulties of life by dealing with a loss or problem and then letting it go.
Life is what you make of it. Negative beliefs about aging will prevent you from experiencing growing older as a positive thing. Instead of waking up in the morning, and asking themselves "How much longer do I have left to live?" these Super Seniors ask themselves "What can I do to make the best of today?" 
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Much thanks goes to the Estates at Carpenters, a 2013 15,000 Leaps Sponsor for the Walk to End Alzheimer's. Click on the above links to learn more.
Find a Walk Near You
  
Click on the link below for the walk near you.  If you will be out of town, you can still participate as a virtual walker.
  

JOIN US! Click on the links below to find a walk near you.

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Caregiver Jewels
Emily Reese, Program Specialist, AAFGCC
  
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! Send your tip to reesee@alzflgulf.org or contact your local office.

October Tip
More than Exercise 
  
A caregiver shared how much she enjoys using an audio cassette (which she had copied to CD) titled "Walk to the Beat" as an exercise activity for her and her husband. She and her husband listen to the CD while they walk about in the comfort of their air-conditioned home.
  
Benefits for the caregiver
  • Enjoyable activity to share with the person with dementia.
  • Exercise is excellent for caregiver stress reduction, promoting caregiver brain health and is overall beneficial to physical health.
  • May reduce the risk of depression.

Benefits for the person with dementia

  • Enjoyable activity to share with their loved one.
  • Exercise may improve balance and reduce falls.
  • Adequate exercise during the day can promote more restful sleep at night.
  • Music can help stimulate motor coordination.
The audio cassette she uses is no longer produced but there are other exercise audio C.D.'s available.  Try searching for music at the Alzheimer's Store (http://www.alzstore.com)  or simply use music that you already have. Good choices are music with an upbeat rhythm that the person with dementia enjoys. Note that this would be a great project for a grandchild to "burn" a CD for grandparents to use.
  
Note: The information in this column is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional or medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Caregivers Take Note - Music as Therapy
02-24-2024 17:08:36 PM
Sherri Snelling, Blogger, blog.alz.org
  
When Glen Campbell took the stage at the Grammy Awards and accepted his Lifetime Achievement Award, he did so as one of the more than 5 million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.  What is inspiring about the 75-year-old Campbell's Grammy night appearance is that he has not retired from his love of making music despite his recent diagnosis.  In fact, he is starting his Farewell Tour and is cutting a new album.
Glen Campbell Interview 2011: Discusses Battle With Alzheimer's Disease, Final Tour and New Album
Glen Campbell Interview 2011: Discusses Battle With Alzheimer's Disease, Final Tour and New Album

Is music one of the keys to a longer, happier life - despite your health issues? [...]  Click here to read more.  

Staying Engaged
Stefanie Thompson, director early stage programs
  

A person in the early stages of dementia may withdraw from activities he or she previously enjoyed. Caregivers can help their loved one stay engaged by offering support and helping to encourage slight adjustments (e.g., choosing smaller social groups over larger groups, or choosing to paint abstractly verses realistically).   

 

As dementia, such as Alzheimer's, progresses, other adjustments may be necessary. If your loved one is beyond the early stages of dementia try using some of the following tips to help keep them engaged.

  • Keep the person's skills and abilities in mind. A person with dementia may be able to play simple songs learned on the piano years ago. Bring these types of skills into daily activities.
  • Pay special attention to what the person enjoys. Take note when the person seems happy, anxious, distracted or irritable. Some people enjoy watching sports, while others may be frightened by the pace or noise.
  • Consider if the person begins activities without directionDoes he or she set the table before dinner or sweep the kitchen floor mid-morning? If so, you may wish to plan these activities as part of the daily routine.
  • Be aware of physical problems. Does he or she get tired quickly or have difficulty seeing, hearing or performing simple movements?
  • Focus on enjoyment, not achievement.  Find activities that build on remaining skills and talents. A professional artist might become frustrated over the declining quality of work, but an amateur might enjoy a new opportunity for self expression. For activity ideas join ALZConnected, our message boards and online support community. Every day, caregivers like you share new ideas and encourage one another.
  • Encourage involvement in daily life.  Activities that help the individual feel like a valued part of the household - like setting the table - can provide a sense of success and accomplishment.
  • Relate to past work life. A former office worker might enjoy activities that involve organizing, like putting coins in a holder or making a to-do list. A farmer or gardener may take pleasure in working in the yard.
  • Look for favoritesThe person who always enjoyed drinking coffee and reading the newspaper may still find these activities enjoyable, even if he or she is not able to completely understand what the newspaper says.
  • Consider time of dayCaregivers may find they have more success with certain activities at specific times of day, such as bathing and dressing in the morning.
  • Adjust activities to disease stages. As the disease progresses, you may want to introduce more repetitive tasks. Be prepared for the person to eventually take a less active role in activities.
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
Sarasota County Office
3277-A Fruitville Road, Suite 1
Sarasota, Florida 34237
Email:
scottk@alzflgulf.org

Website: www.alz.org/flgulfcoast

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Alzheimer's Association - Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
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