New & Noteworthy

Pets with a Purpose Visits Leeza’s Care Connection

Providence “Pets with a Purpose” visited our scrapbooking program recently at Leeza’s Care Connection Providence! Jeri (LCC guest) and Georgie are below in the photo. Georgie even has a badge! So adorable! “Pets with a Purpose is such a valuable therapeutic service. A visit from one of these lovable canines

Caregiver Health e-Brain Study

New Virtual Study to Assess Cognitive Toll of Caregiving Early Alert and Call Out for Caregivers to Guard Their Health CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE STUDY Caregivers brains are the keepers of the secrets! Be part of our 21st Century Brain Trust virtual brain study and unlock the conversation. At

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.
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.”



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 #

VIA PHONE: Rx for Caregiver Blues: A Pen
Friday, October 17th, 10 am - 11 am

Award winning author/poet and former caregiver, France Kakugawa will offer you ways to transform yourself from an overwhelmed and scared caregiver into a compassionate and empowered person. Learn how the art of writing - poetry, journals or even just a simple list - can help you process the emotions felt along the caregiver journey!


VIA PHONE: Caregiver Stories of Strength
Wednesday, October 29th, 12 pm - 1 pm

Listen to words of wisdom, reflections, and take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions of other caregivers that have summoned their strength!


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Preserving Memories Through Autobiographical Scrapbooking
Friday, October 3, 10, 17, 24 (no scrapbooking on the 31st)
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 - Moves & Grooves!
Mondays, October 6 & 20; 11 am - 12 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 new program is for YOU! Join us for this twice a month program that will get you movin' and groovin' as we stretch, breathe, and dance to the Zumba Gold DVD. The session will be led by Alex Cole, former caregiver and Zumba Gold fanatic. All ability levels are welcome. No experience necessary. Please wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes. Please RSVP if you would like to participate as space is limited!

Emergency Preparedness: Medical Considerations for Seniors with Chronic Illnesses
Thursday, October 9; 11 am - 12 pm

Join Helen Davis, a FEMA-certified Special Needs Disaster Response Specialist, to discuss preparing for an emergency, as it relates to the medical needs of vulnerable adults, if they are required to leave their homes because of an earthquake, utilities outage or other emergency. Follow her Top Ten Tips to ensure that you and your loved one are prepared to evacuate your home, if necessary. Helen will share tips she developed, having experienced Hurricane Katrina first-hand as an emergency responder.

NEW PROGRAM - Music Mondays with Bernadette
Mondays, October 13 & 27; 2 pm - 3 pm

Join us for singing fun and reminiscing with music! All are invited to participate in this twice a month program facilitated by Bernadette Haderlein, a music therapist by training and is an older adult instructor with the LAUSD for over 20 years. Please RSVP if you would like to participate as space is limited!

NEW PROGRAM - Body & Brain Wellness for the Caregiver
Tuesday, October 14; 10:30 am - 11:30 am

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.

Lunch N' Learn: The 5 Most Dangerous Symptoms
Wednesday, October 15; 12:30 pm - 2 pm

Join us for a presentation by Dr. Craig Ross, D.C. from Wellness 22, Chiropractic and Brain Balance, as he talks about easy and understandable ways to improve your health. In a fun and informative way, you will learn simple ways to have your body function at its highest level, avoiding the 5 most dangerous symptoms . After the talk, Dr. Ross will be available to answer questions. Please RSVP as lunch will be provided.

Coffee Meet & Greet with Helen!
Saturday, October 18; 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Stop by anytime between 8:30am and 10:30am for a cup of coffee with our new Managing Director- Community Liaison, Helen Davis. She is looking forward to meeting you and helping you, wherever you are on your journey as a caregiver.

NEW PROGRAM - Journaling the Journey
Sunday, October 19, Saturdays, November 1 and 15, December 6 and 20;
10:30 am - 12 pm

Join us for this new program! "Journaling the Journey" is a journal writing group for caregivers at all stages, including those who are no longer caregiving. We will use writing as a tool for self-care, self-discovery, transition, wellness, and healing! This journaling group will meet for 5 sessions, but you do not need to attend all sessions to participate. This group is facilitated by Alex Shinn, psychotherapist and former family caregiver. Please RSVP if you would like to participate as space is limited.

Crafter's Circle!
Monday, October 20; 1 pm - 2:30 pm

Bring your knitting, crocheting, sewing, and other craft projects and join an afternoon of freestyle crafting with knitting divas Beverly Creighton and Henia Burgess. All ability levels welcome. Please RSVP if you will be attending.

Table Massage Tuesdays!
Tuesdays, October 21 & 28; 2 pm - 6 pm
(Last Appointment is at 5:30 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.

Lunch N' Learn: Managing Incontinence
Wednesday, October 22; 12:30 pm - 2 pm

Join Lore Bertuch from Shield HealthCare, as she explains the causes and types of incontinence, preventative measures, and tips on how to best manage incontinence in a loved one. Discussion will also include insurance coverage of supplies and lowest cost solution.

Guided Meditation is Back!
Thursday, October 23; 11 am - 12 pm

This once a month program will include discussions and exercises to reduce stress and promote self-care. Shirin Dehghan, Certified Hypnotherapist, will lead us in sessions and will feature 15-20 minutes of visualization using imagery to promote relaxation and positive feelings of well-being.

Caring Company
Friday, October 24; 1 pm
Marie Callender's - 14743 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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




Halloween Celebration!
at The Nest Residential Board and Care in Encino
4100 Hayvenhurst Ave. Encino, CA 91436
Thursday, October 30th; 11 am - 1 pm

Join us for a Halloween Celebration at "The Nest Residential Board" and Care in Encino! All are invited for a fun afternoon including with lunch, music, fun activities, and a tour of the facility! Please note that transportation will NOT be provided. We will meet at the location. Please RSVP as space is limited!




Caregiver Spa Day
Sunday, November 16th
11 am - 3 pm

Reservations will be taken beginning November 1st.


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