Realistic Tips and Ideas for Caregivers
June 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
How to Help Your Kids When They Become Caregivers
By Elaine K. Sanchez on May 31, 2016
When my husband Alex and I got married, we combined two families. Together we have eight children. Two weeks ago half of our kids were in the midst of caregiving crises. We are grateful that none of them are taking care of us right now, but we are aware that there may be a time in the future when they will have to get involved in managing our healthcare and/or finances.

As we listened, consoled, and occasionally provided input and advice as they were trying to negotiate their way through these sudden difficulties, we learned a few things that we can do to make it easier on our kids if and when we are the ones in need of help.

This Month's Tip


You have worked and saved for years, so you want to make sure your finances are secure. The vast majority of people who will help you handle your money have good intentions, but everyone is at risk for financial abuse. Financial exploitation happens when someone improperly uses your money or property for his or her benefit. This abuse can be committed by someone you know or a stranger. Avoiding exploitation or fraud is easier when you are educated about ways to protect yourself. You have already taken the most important step by being engaged in your financial health.

Seniors and Sundowning: What It Is and How to Cope with It 
Comfort Keepers March 11, 2016

Sundowning is a symptom of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, most often affecting people who have mid- and late-stage dementia. Confusion and agitation worsen in the late afternoon and evening when the sun goes down, and symptoms are less pronounced earlier in the day. Sundowning is also called "late-day confusion."

Sundowning  behaviors can be verbal or physical. They can occur suddenly, with no apparent reason, or predictably result from a frustrating situation. While it can be hard to cope with, it can help when you realize that the person with Alzheimer's or dementia is not acting aggressively on purpose.

We Have More Information to Share  
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

Thursday June 9, 2016
From Good Health to Wellness
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM CDT
The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Care
2300 N. 113th Terrace, Kansas City, KS 66109
Lunch included
CONTACT US:  Marsha Poulsen,, 414.258.3649
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Quick and practical training for Alzheimer's Caregiving
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty, Overland Park, Kansas
Attention families, direct care staff and others that are involved in the care of those with Alzheimer's Disease. You are invited to: The Training Room -- sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association
17 topics such as Healthy Finger Foods, Tips to help with sleep, Strengthening family visits, Understanding Hallucinations and Delusions, Helping people through transitions and many many others.
Friday, June 17, 2016
Addiction By Prescription?: Older Adults and Substance Abuse
Speaker: Sally King, MSW, LCSW, LSCSW
Johnson County Community College
3 Diagnosis CEUs
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Senior Star at Villa Ventura, 12100 Wornall Road, Kansas City MO 64145
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Free Elder Care and Asset Protection Workshops
Surprising ways to pay for your assisted living or long-term care costs WITHOUT selling your home or leaving your family without a dime!One of the biggest fears that many people have today is the fear of having their life savings wiped out if they need long-term care. It is important that you understand what you can do to protect your hard-earned assets! It is extremely important that you know about these changes, and how they may affect your estate and long-term care planning! A free informational workshop hosted by Elder Law Attorneys with KC Elder Law.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 6:00
Kansas City Presbyterian Manor: 7850 Freeman Avenue, Kansas City, KS
Hosted by: Kenneth A. Herring
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 6:00
Springs at Independence: 19301 E 50th Terrace South, Independence, MO
Hosted by: Kenneth A. Herring
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 6:00
Brookdale at Overland Park: 12000 Lamar Court Avenue, Overland Park, KS
Hosted by: William G. Hammond
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 6:00
Benton House of Raymore: 2100 Johnston Drive, Raymore, MO
Hosted by: Kenneth A. Herring
Attendance at these brand-new meetings is FREE, but seating is limited. You can reserve your spot on our website or call our office at (913) 338-5713 in Kansas or (816) 220-4119 in Missouri.

Consider a Planned Gift. Please donate. 

Please consider making a charitable bequest to Shepherd's Center of Kansas City Central in your will. Legacy gifts provide future support for charity. Any individual, at any time, can create a legacy gift. It can be as easy as naming a charity on the beneficiary form of a savings, checking or pension account, or through a more complex instrument such as a trust. 

To make a bequest to SCC, simply include these words in your will:
"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."

To create a residual charitable bequest, use these words:
"All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both
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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