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.”
February 2016 PROGRAMS
at Leeza's Care Connection
Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center
Leeza's Care Connection is a place where family caregivers come to get support, ask questions, find answers and learn how to deal with the ever-changing demands of caregiving.
The program is a partnership between the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation and Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center (PSJMC).
February is the month of Love and we are Celebrating in two very Special Ways!
New Year…New you!!!
Caregiver Spa Day
Friday, February 26th from 9:00 – 1:00pm
Join Leeza Gibbons and the Beauty Bus
team of professionals.
Come let us Love, Nurture and Pamper you!
****By appointment only (sorry, no drop-ins)****
Parking validation included
Love Is In the Air!!!!
This month is all about LOVE and we SO LOVE and admire the way you show up for the person you are caring for, the friends and connections you’ve created here at Leeza’s Care Connection and especially for loving yourself enough to nurture yourself by showing up the programs that help YOU!!
So, we’ve created a “Love Note Board” and we invite you to stop by and create YOUR Love Note to:
- Honor another caregiver – reminding them just how special they are for the way they show up for their loved one
- Share a special message for the person you are caring for – Sweet sentiments for your partner, spouse, or parent – tell them how much you love them!
- Tell us why you love coming to Leeza’s Care Connection.
AND don’t forget to pick up a sweet treat while you are here too!
Please Remember to 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.
Memory Fitness–Keep your memory sharp!
1st & 3rd Wednesday, February 3 & 17, 10:30 – 11:30 am
This interactive class provides an opportunity for individuals with memory loss and their care partners to participate together in various activities that are beneficial for mind, spirit and socialization. The activities directors from Belmont Village will engage the class using memory tools and strategies that are simple, fun and can be used at home.
“Lunch ‘n Learn” - Don’t Get Scammed! Tools for Avoiding Financial Scams
Wednesday, February 10; 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Facilitators: Dani Kaiserman
Jamaican lottery, kidnapped grandchild, money mules, online romance scam… sound familiar? A Bet Tzedek Legal Services attorney will give an interactive presentation about the latest financial scams and what to do if you or someone you know becomes a victim. Dani Kaiserman (UCLA School of Law) is an attorney who specializes in elder abuse at Bet Tzedek Legal Services.
We offer a variety of groups designed to meet many caregiving situations. Caregivers often find it helpful to call before attending so we can guide you in selecting the most appropriate group for you. It is not mandatory to call before attending.
Meet Our Empowerment/Support Group Facilitators:
Leta Nadler and Manij Taban, Human Services Paraprofessionals were trained at the Wagner Program at American Jewish University, Myrna Gordon joins us from the Wagner Program. Stephanie Davis, is a licensed, Marriage and Family Therapist and Attorney at Law. Ann Brunner, MSW has many years working with seniors and families.
Caring for a Parent with Alzheimer’s/Dementia –EVENING GROUP
1st & 3rd Wednesday, February 3 & 17, 6 – 7:30 pm
Caring for your mom or dad can present very different challenges than caring for a spouse. Share experiences and ideas; support each other in navigating the care and support of a parent. The group facilitator is Stephanie Davis.
Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregiver Support Group
1st & 3rd Thurs. February 4 & 18, 12:30 – 2:00 pm
This meeting is open to anyone living with and/or caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. A time to vent, share, learn and offer to others on a similar path. Group led by Myrna. Respite is offered.
Alzheimer’s/Dementia “Experienced Caregiver” Support Group
2nd & 4th Wednesday, February 10 & 24 11 am – 12:30 pm
This group is made up of “experienced caregivers” who have attended support group for 2 years or more and are living with and/or caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. A time to vent, share, learn and offer to others on a similar path. Group facilitated by Leta and Manij. Respite is offered.
Caregiver Support Group (Open to all caregivers) – EVENING GROUP
2nd & 4th Wednesday, February 10 & 24, 6-7:30 pm
This support group is for anyone caring for a spouse, child, parent, neighbor or friend, if you’ve placed someone or they’re living at home. Come share your experience with others, learn from theirs, start feeling empowered. The group facilitator is Stephanie Davis.
Early Memory Loss Support Group
2nd & 4th Thursday, February 11 & 25, 10-11:30 am
This is a support group for those that are recently diagnosed with any memory impairment
Acknowledging a memory loss can bring up many feelings- this is a time to open up, learn and share in a safe environment. Group facilitated by Ann Brunner
Scrapbooking & Knitting Circle
Every Friday – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
A scrapbooking workshop and knitting circle for the caregiver and their recently diagnosed loved one. Jeri Vargas and Beverly Creighton, our scrapbooking divas, and Valerie Lehrer, knitting guru, will assist participants in how to creatively use materials while providing an enjoyable opportunity for families to relive cherished memories and make new ones.