Realistic Tips and Ideas for Caregivers
March 2016

The Care Connection at Shepherd's Center Central 
promotes and supports the advancement of skills, 
good health, and resilience of caregivers for older adults.
Shepherd's Center Central is a not-for-profit community-based organization that empowers mid-life and older adults to live healthy, engaged and independent lives.   816-444-1122
Caregiving: Recognizing Burnout
By Cleveland Clinic
Caregiver burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by a change in attitude -- from positive and caring to negative and unconcerned. Burnout can occur when caregivers don't get the help they need, or if they try to do more than they are able -- either physically or financially. Many caregivers also feel guilty if they spend time on themselves rather than on their ill or elderly loved ones. Caregivers who are "burned out" may experience fatigue, stress, anxiety, and depression.
This Month's Tip

Tips to Manage Caregiver Stress  From WebMD
You can ease your stress with a few simple techniques that don't take a lot of time. Try these methods to ratchet down the tension.
Two-minute relaxation.
 Switch your thoughts to yourself and your breathing. Take a few deep breaths and exhale slowly.
Then do a mental scan of your body to find which areas feel tense or cramped. Quickly loosen up these areas. Let go of as much tension as you can.
Rotate your head in a smooth, circular motion once or twice. (Stop any movements that cause pain.) Roll your shoulders forward and backward several times. Let all of your muscles completely relax. Recall a pleasant thought for a few seconds. Take another deep breath and exhale slowly. You should feel relaxed.
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Remember...The Care Connection at Shepherd's Center Central is here to help anyone who is concerned about an aging parent, loved one, neighbor, or friend who needs referrals to resources, care planning, practical advice, guidance in balancing work and family, or stress relief. 
The Kansas City Caregiver Support Line provides resources and referrals for caregivers of older adults. Call 816-444-1122
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Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation
Making a difference in the lives of those we care for
12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Landon Center on Aging, 3599 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66103
Presented byCora Webster, LNHA, MBA, Director of Market Development
This CE program is good for two hours of continuing education for nurses and social workers.
RSVP by March 15, 2016
Sharon Culclager 816-810-5389 or
Tuesday, March 29th, 2016
The Latest in Alzheimer's & Dementia: News on Meds, Moods & Prevention Techniques
6:30pm -7:30pm
Speaker: Sally King, MSW, LCSW, LSCSW
Catch up on the latest in Alzheimer's research, including new findings on medications, behaviors and prevention.  1 CEU for social workers
Sponsored by:  Travanse Living™ at Olathe Location of talk:Olathe Community Center
1205 E. Kansas City Rd., Olathe, KS 66061

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation
Making a difference in the lives of those we care for
2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Piper, 2300 N. 113th Terrace, Kansas City, KS 66109
Presented by Cora Webster, LNHA, MBA
Director of Market Development
This CE program is good for one continuing education hour for nurses and social workers.
RSVP by April 5, 2016
Tiffany Clair 913-948-4982 or
April 14th, 2016
Caring for the Long-Term Caregiver (Parkinson's)
8:30-3:30 pm
Hosted by the Johnson County Community College Sponsored by National Parkinson Foundation Heartland
Life changes in an instant if someone you love is diagnosed with a chronic illness.   Your routine changes.  Your needs and responsibilities change, and sometimes even your roles. Your life is turned upside down on a dime. Feelings of sadness, anger and helplessness can surface and in ways you've never experienced before. You don't know where to turn or what to do. You need support, resources and understanding. At this symposium, participants will learn about Parkinson's disease and the latest treatments, the grief process, self-care tips, medications for Parkinson patients, how & when to choose a retirement or assisted living community, and even have a little fun.
For more info contact:  Emerald Welch, Program Manager, National Parkinson Foundation
913-341-8828 office 913-240-8735 cell
April 28, 2016
Women and Mood Across the Lifespan: A Biopsychosocial Diagnostic Look
8:30-11:30a.m. - 3 CEUs
Speaker: Sally King
Since the 1980s the subject of women's mental health, particularly as it related to hormones and reproduction has gotten a lot of attention. There is growing recognition that especially during the child-bearing years that women are at higher risk for depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and post-partum mood changes. One in four women in their 40s and 50s are currently on an antidepressant. This course will examine the latest research on women and mood from birth to death, reviewing the current DSM 5 diagnosis related to mood and reproductive mental health issues and a discussion on the various other cultural and ageist contributors that might be underlying this pathology. RNs, LPNs, social workers, LPCs and LCPCS will earn 3 contact hours. ACHAs will earn 3 (RC).
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"I give to Shepherd Center of Kansas City Central, a
non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, located in Kansas City,
MO, __% of my estate for general purposes."

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real and personal, I give to Shepherd Center of Kansas
City Central, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, located
in Kansas City, MO, for its general purposes." 

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