New & Noteworthy
“Leeza’s Care Connection is my home away from home. I’m learning how to be a better caregiver as I stand beside my husband fighting the cruel battle of Alzheimer’s disease.”
MAY 2015 PROGRAMS
at Leeza's Care Connection
Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center
Our Fabulous Care Connection Community!
Education by Phone
Dial-In Number: 1-877-226-9607
Conference Code: 6375 7962 41#
> DOWNSIZING THE DECISION POINT
Tuesday, May 5th; 12 noon - 1 pm
Learn when and how to make the decision to move your loved one out of their home and into something more suitable and supportive. Megan Zucaro is a successful Real Estate agent who has helped a lot of families make plans for their loved ones homes.
> HOW TO "DE-STRESS" YOUR HOME
Thursday, May 21st; 7 pm - 8 pm
Learn techniques to create a worry- free zone. Gain useful tools to organize your home, assign duties and create a meditative environment. Join Anji Navarro PHD, International Healing Collective, for help creating a stress free life.
Please RSVP to (818) 847-3686 if you would like to attend the “Snack n Learn” and/or “Lunch n Learn” to ensure we are able to provide enough food.
> LUNCH 'N LEARN: Caregiver Anxiety: How to Identify It and Manage It
Wednesday, May 13th; 1 pm - 2 pm
Facilitator: Dr. Diane Darby Beach
Seventy percent of persons with long term care needs are taken care of at home by family and friends. The demands on these caregivers may result in a great deal of anxiety. The result is a significant decrease in caregiver effectiveness and in some cases, even premature death. By the end of this session, participants will learn how to recognize and proactively manage their anxiety.
> SNACK 'N LEARN: Brainstorming Legal Resources
Friday, May 22nd; 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Facilitator: Tyler Stanley
Tyler Stanley, our Resource Specialist will be sharing her knowledge on how to navigate the legal system and advocate for yourself and loved one.
Since we offer a variety of groups to meet many needs, caregivers often find it helpful to call us before attending for the first time. We can answer your questions and help you find a group that’s right for you. It is, however, not mandatory to call first. Your participation is welcome in any of our support groups.
> ALZHEIMER'S AND DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP / RESPITE (R)
Thursday, May 7, 21; 1:30-3:00 pm (R) Facilitator: Deanna Lueckenotte
Wednesday, May 6, 13,20, 27; 6-7:30pm Facilitator: Stephanie Davis
Wednesday, May 13, 27; 11 am-12:30 pm (R) Co-Facilitator: Leta Nadler & Manij Taban
Wednesday, May 20; 10am - 12 pm (R) Facilitator: Liz Stratton
* Leeza’s Care Connection offers a support group for caregivers caring for someone with memory loss. “R” is for groups where we offer respite activities for your loved one during the caregiver support group. These are led by volunteers. Support Group Facilitators: Leta Nadler and Manij Taban, Human Services Paraprofessionals trained at the Wagner Program at American Jewish University. Liz Stratton has years of experience in the eldercare field. Deanna Lueckenotte has worked in geriatric healthcare for 15 years. Stephanie Davis is a licensed Psychotherapist, Marriage and Family Therapist and an Attorney at Law.
> EARLY MEMORY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
(Please note this is not a support group for caregivers)
Thursdays, May 14th & 28th; 10 am - 11:30 am
This is a support group for those that are recently diagnosed with any memory impairment (i.e. mild cognitive impairments, dementia, Alzheimer’s, traumatic brain injury, stroke, etc…) Acknowledgement of having a memory loss can bring up many feelings and is a time where many changes occur. We want to provide a space where individuals can speak freely about what is going on in their lives. Ann Brunner, MSW facilitates the group and has years of experience working with seniors and their families.
> CAREGIVER BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
Wednesdays, May 6th and 20th; 12:30 pm - 2 pm
Are you in need of a little support and direction? This on-going group is to assist caregivers through the bereavement process. Support group is led by Blanca Sagles from Spiritual Care at PSJMC.
> YOUNG ON-SET CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
Wednesdays May 6th and 20th; 6 pm - 7:30 pm
We recognize caregiving is not just for those in their “golden years”. This support group is for caregivers taking care of a family member or friend with dementia between the ages of 40 to 65. The group facilitator is Stephanie Davis, licensed psychotherapist and Attorney at Law.
> CARING FOR A PARENT SUPPORT GROUP
2nd & 4th Wednesdays; 6 pm - 7:30 pm
Are you caring for your mother or father and need some help along the way. The group facilitator is Stephanie Davis, licensed psychotherapist and Attorney at Law.
> PRESERVING MEMORIES THROUGH AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL SCRAPBOOKING
Every Friday; 11 am - 1 pm
A Scrapbooking Workshop for the caregiver and their recently diagnosed loved one. Jeri Vargas and Beverly Creighton, our scrapbooking divas, will assist participants in how to creatively use materials while providing an enjoyable opportunity for families to relive cherished memories.
> MOVES & GROOVES
Every Thursday (May 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th) 12 pm - 1 pm
Do you enjoy music? Do you like to dance and exercise? Are you looking for an activity to get your energy and spirits up? Well then this program is for YOU! Join us every week to get movin’ and groovin’ as we stretch, breathe, and dance to the Zumba Gold DVD. The sessions will be led by Bernice Sanders. All ability levels are welcome. No experience necessary. Please wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes.
> BODY & BRAIN WELLNESS FOR THE CAREGIVER
Tuesday, May 12th; 10:30 am - 11:30 am – FREE for LCC Guests!
1054 West Alameda Ave.
Burbank, CA 91506
Calling ALL Family Caregivers! This is a complete system of integrating the mind, body, and energy through a dynamic five-step Brain Education System Training. This program consists of deep stretching (yoga-like movements), unique regimens of breathing, energy building exercises, and meditation to create optimal energetic balance in your body. Please wear comfortable clothes, socks, and bring a blanket or yoga mat if you prefer. The session will be now be held at “Body & Brain Holistic Wellness Center”.
> TABLE MASSAGE TUESDAY
Tuesday, May 19th; 10 am - 1:30 pm
(Last appointment is at 1 pm)
Are you a caregiver who is feeling tired and stressed? Great news! We are offering free massages on 2 days this month! Katie Karras, certified massage therapist, reiki healer, watsu therapist, and yoga instructor will be providing 25 minute massages for family caregivers! Call us to book your appointment. You deserve it! Space is limited – appointment is needed. *Please bring a large towel to the appointment*
> RELAX, STRETCH AND BREATHE
Wednesday, May 27th; 1 pm - 2 pm
Allow yourself to connect with your body, breath and movement. Find stillness and leave feeling relaxed and refreshed. Take home a few relaxation techniques to use at home for your continued self care. Led by Katie Karras. **Please wear comfortable exercise clothing and bring a yoga mat or large towel.
> CARING COMPANY
Friday, May 29th; 1 pm - 2 pm
Marie Callender’s - 14743 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91403, 818-788-3983
Please RSVP to Andrea Bennett-Kaye at 818-383-2854 This is program which is caregiver driven, planned, and organized specifically for caregivers who are looking to get out and socialize with other caregivers. Everyone is invited to attend the Caring Company Lunch Group. It is a good way to make new friends and enjoy a relaxing time together. If you would like more information and to RSVP, please contact Andrea at 818-383-2854 or email@example.com.