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.”
APRIL 2015 PROGRAMS
at Leeza's Care Connection
Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center
Our Fabulous Care Connection Community
at Leeza’s Celebrity Apprentice Party!
Friday, March 13th, 2015
> FAREWELL FROM HOLLY!
WOW! What a busy 3-months it’s been! Although I’ve volunteered at LCC for 9+ years, I hadn’t had a chance to meet many of you until I temporarily took over back in January. What a pleasure getting to know you all. Now that LCC is settled with its new part-time schedule, I’ll be handing over the reins to Wendy. She trained with me the last two weeks and she’s fantastic! Please stop by and give her the LCC welcome! Thank-you so much for your patience and support while I helped keep the program running. I’ll still be at LCC as a volunteer! Love to you all, Holly xo
> WENDY SALTZBURG
Wendy joins us as our new Care Connector who will be managing Leeza’s Care Connection. Her personal caregiving experience along with her enthusiasm to insure our program continues to flourish, is matched only by her warmth and authentic desire to support and uplift our caregiving community. The programming will continue to be around 20 – 22 hours per week as it has been since January 2015. Welcome Wendy! You can reach Wendy by calling LCC or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
> TYLER STANLEY
Welcome Tyler! Tyler joins us as our new Resource Specialist. She has worked for the Family Caregiver Alliance for many years, helping caregivers find resources in their own community. If you would like to contact Tyler to set up a meeting, please call LCC or email her directly at email@example.com.
Education by Phone
Dial-In Number: 1-877-226-9607
Conference Code: 6375 7962 41#
> MANAGING ANXIETY FOR THE CAREGIVER
Tuesday, April 7; 12 pm – 1 pm
Many people experience anxiety, especially as a caregiver. Although anxiety often feels bad, with the right tools, it can actually be channeled to improve your life. Presentation given by Marcus Rogan, MA in Psychology and also a 2 times Olympic Games Silver Medalist in swimming.
> PROTECTING SENIORS FROM SCAMS, FRAUD AND IDENTITY THEFT
Thursday, April 16; 7 pm - 8 pm
This presentation will provide the participants with background on why seniors are more vulnerable to scams and fraud, who the perpetrators tend to be, specific strategies that can be implemented to protect their loved ones and what to do in the event someone they know has been a victim. Presentation given by Minda Cutcher, MBA Inc., a specialist in Helping Families Navigate the Challenges of Aging.
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.
> SNACK 'N LEARN: Guide to Caregiver Resources
Friday, April 10; 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Facilitator: Tyler Stanley
LCC’s new team member, Tyler Stanley, will be sharing her knowledge of caregiver resources. This is a great opportunity to meet Tyler and hear how she may be able to assist you.
> LUNCH 'N LEARN: Lifestyle of the Healthy Brain
Wednesday, April 22; 1 – 2pm
Facilitator: Diane Darby Beach
After attending this workshop, participants will be able to identify specific brain healthy foods, understand how physical exercise can improve brain health, learn mentally challenging activities and how they strengthen brain function and recognize the importance of social interaction with regards to the brain. Dr. Diane Darby Beach has been a Gerontologist for 25 years, helping thousands of older adults and their families.
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, April 2, 16; 2-3:30 pm (R) Facilitator: Deanna Lueckenotte
Wednesday, April 8, 22; 6-7:30pm Facilitator: Stephanie Davis
Wednesday, April 8, 22; 11 am-12:30 pm (R) Co-Facilitator: Leta Nadler & Manij Taban
Wednesday, April 15; 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.
> SUPPORT GROUP FOR ALL CAREGIVERS
Wednesday, April 1; 6 - 7:30 pm
All caregivers caring for someone with any illness are welcome. Facilitator: Stephanie Davis (See above)
> EARLY MEMORY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
(Please note this is not a support group for caregivers)
Thursday, April 9 and 23; 10:30 am - 12 pm
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
Tuesday, April 7 and 21; 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 Blanca Sagles from Spiritual Care at PSJMC.
> YOUNG ON-SET CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesday, April 28; 6:30 pm-8 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. 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, April 3, 10, 17, 24; 11 am - 1 pm
LCC 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 creatively use materials while providing an enjoyable opportunity for families to relive cherished memories.
> MOVES & GROOVES
Thursday, April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; 12:30 pm - 1:30 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, April 7; 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; April 14 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
(Last appointment is at 4 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*
> CARING COMPANY
Friday, April 24; 1 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.