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Leeza Gibbons on Being a Caregiver

Taken from our friends at The Alzheimer’s Site Blog Leeza Gibbons On Being A Caregiver Leeza Gibbons joins the ladies on Autism Live to discuss being a caregiver. Leeza’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s several years ago, and Leeza acted as one of her caregivers up until she passed away.

Do You Remember?

I send a big hug to Nat Gross, wordsmith and special friend. Nat is a super-volunteer and leader at Leeza’s Care Connection in Pembroke Pines.  Nat’s poetry has been a steady stream of love, insight, compassion, reflection, hope, gratitude and more.  This is just one of many pieces that touched

Leeza’s Care Connectors

One of the things I’ve loved best about our ten years of working with families as they struggle to figure out life after someone they love got sick, is how resilient they become; how creative they can be and how willing they are to fight back. These husbands, wives, sons, daughters and
What Caregivers Are Saying

“We have been blessed to be on the front lines, for almost a decade, helping families navigate through a challenging time.”



“Caregiving Matters” Education by Phone

Please join us for an interactive 1-hour session that features information on matters important to caregivers. Each call will feature an expert guest speaker who will educate, offer tips and answer questions about how caregivers like you can navigate the caregiving journey. Reserve your spot today by calling 818-847-3686 or send an email to We will take RSVP’s up until the day before the call. “Caregiving Matters” calls will also be recorded and posted on our website. To listen to archived calls, please CLICK HERE.

Dial-In Number: 1-866-554-6142 Conference Code: 2128372545#

Conversations About Dementia
Friday, September 19; 12 - 1 pm
When someone is showing signs of dementia, it’s time to talk. Conversations with family about dementia and their changing behaviors can be challenging and uncomfortable. This workshop will offer tips on how to have honest and caring conversations about: going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving and making legal and financial plans. Presentation will be provided by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Body Wisdom - Increasing Awareness of Body Cues to Release Stress
Tuesday, September 30, 10 - 11 am
Michal Erez, a Certified Alexander Technique teacher, Yoga Teacher, and Life Coach, will provide us with tools to use in our daily lives to release and prevent stress (physical, mental, and emotional). Our body has the wisdom to let us know when stress, happiness and calmness is triggered. By listening to our bodies, we can prevent added stress by letting it go as soon as it starts. You will expand your ability to give care by taking better care of yourself.


September Programs at Leeza's Care Connection Providence




“Managing Pain in Older Adults”
Thursday, September 11; 11 am -12 pm
Managing Pain in Older Adults can be very challenging, especially when you are caring for an individual with memory loss. Join us for a presentation led by nurses from Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, who will address the different types of pain, levels of pain, ways to detect, and how we can best manage it -prescription drugs vs. natural approach!

Lunch N’ Learn: “Telling the Truths & Dispelling the Myths about Hospice”
Wednesday, September 17; 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Often times we hear the terms “Hospice” and “Palliative Care” but what do these terms mean? What types of services are provided under each? Who is eligible? Should my loved one be on it now? Does it mean my loved one’s death is imminent? Join us for a presentation by TrinityCare Hospice who will tell us the truths and dispel the myths about hospice! Please RSVP as lunch will be provided.




Young Adult Support Group (at LCC Burbank)
Wednesday, September 3; 7 - 8:30 pm
This support group was created for family caregivers in their 20’s and 30’s. The group is be facilitated by Gabriella Ruiz, Regional Director – Great San Fernando Valley, Alzheimer’s Association. The group will permanently meet at Leeza’s Care Connection at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center.

Caregiver to Caregiver Support Group/Respite*
Thursday, September 4, 18; 2 - 3:30 pm (R) Facilitator: Noma Kaz
Wednesday, September 10, 24; 11 am - 12:30 pm (R) Co-Facilitator: Leta Nadler & Manij Taban
Wednesday, September 10, 24; 6 - 8 pm Facilitator: Anatt Orr-Frankel
Thursday, September 11; 6:30 - 8:00 pm Co-Facilitator: Nadia Cantuña & Roxana Vahdat
Wednesday, September 17; 10 am - 12 pm (R) Facilitator: Liz Stratton

*Please call Leeza’s Care Connection before attending Support Group. 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: Noma Kaz, Co-Founder of Lifeline Companion Services. Leta Nadler and Manij Taban, Human Services Paraprofessionals trained at the Wagner Program at American Jewish University. Anatt Orr Frankel, RN is a Geriatric Care Manager and Liz Stratton has years of experience in the eldercare field.

Caregiver Bereavement Support Group
Tuesday, September 2, 16; 2 - 3:30 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 Susan Moriarty, M. Div and Chaplain for VITAS Hospice.

Early Memory Loss Support Group
Thursday, September 11, 25; 10:30 am - 12 pm
* Please call Leeza’s Care Connection before attending the Early Memory Support Group. 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. Joy Fruth, MSW is the support group facilitator and has years of experience working with seniors and their families.

Early Onset Support Group
Tuesday, September 23; 6:30 pm - 8 pm
* Please call Leeza’s Care Connection before attending this Early Onset Support Group. 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. John Geirland, Ph.D. is the support group facilitator and has years of experience working with seniors and their families.

Preserving Memories through Autobiographical Scrapbooking
Friday, September 5, 12, 19, 26; 11 am - 1 pm
Leeza’s Care Connection is pleased to offer an on-going 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 use materials in an artistic way providing an enjoyable opportunity for families to relive cherished memories.




New Program – “Body & Brain Wellness for the Caregiver”
Tuesday, September 9; 10:30 am - 12 pm
Calling ALL Family Caregivers! Join us for a new program that features the "Experience of Holistic Wellness." 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, unique regimens of breathing, energy building exercises, and meditation to create optimal energetic balance in your body. The session will be led by Fatima Bustos-Choy, PhD, owner and headmaster of Body & Brain Holistic Wellness Center. Please wear comfortable clothes, socks, and bring a blanket or yoga mat if you prefer. Please RSVP if you would like to participate as space is limited.

Knitting Circle – It’s a Needle Affair!
Monday, September 15; 1 pm - 2:30 pm
Bring your yarn, needles, and current knitting projects and join us for an afternoon of freestyle knitting fun with other caregivers! LCC knitting divas Beverly Creighton and Henia Burgess, will be on hand for support and suggestions! All ability levels are welcome. Please RSVP if you will be attending.

Table Massage Tuesday!
Tuesday, September 23; 2 pm - 6 pm (Last Appointment is at 5:30 pm)
Are you a caregiver who is feeling tired and stressed? This month we are offering free massages for you by Katie Karras, certified massage therapist, reiki healer, watsu therapist, and yoga instructor! Call us to book your appointment. You deserve it! Massages are 25 minutes in length. Space is limited – appointment is needed.

“Caring Company”
Friday, September 26; 1 pm
Marie Callender’s at 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


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