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Leeza’s Tips for Caregivers Taking Care of a Loved One with Alzheimer’s

1. Have a Special Color:  Yellow, for example.  Make it Your Happy Color and every time you go out, both of you should wear it. That way if your loved one gets lost in a crowd, she just looks for the yellow shirt. 2. Care Cards:  These are almost like

Leeza Gibbons Lends a Hand and Voice to Caregivers

After her mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease, the Emmy Award winning TV and radio host became an advocate for caregivers. Mediaplanet: It must have been difficult for you and your family to care for your mother after she was diagnosed, especially when her condition started to progress into more severe
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.”



at Leeza's Care Connection Providence


Wednesday, December 10th from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Inside of Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Hope A Conference Room

Join us for a special holiday luncheon filled with inspiration, motivation, and all around holiday cheer! Anne Dunev, PhD, a certified nutritionist and naturopath, will discuss mind and body self-care and how to integrate healthy nutrition and natural remedies into your wellness tool kits. Make a commitment to your health and wellness in 2015! (Lunch will be served at 12:30 pm & the presentation will begin at 1 pm) Lunch will be provided but you are welcome to bring your favorite dessert! We will not be validating parking for this event. Please RSVP as space is limited!


Young Adult Caregiver Support Group
Wednesday, December 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 meets at Leeza’s Care Connection at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center.


Caregiver to Caregiver Support Group/ Respite (R)
Thursday, December 4, 18; 2 pm - 3:30 pm (R) Facilitator: Noma Kaz
Wednesday, Dec. 10 (no group on 24th); 11 am - 12:30 pm (R) Co-Facilitator: Leta Nadler & Manij Taban
Wednesday, December 10 (no group on 24th); 6 - 7:30 pm Facilitator: Anatt Orr-Frankel
Thursday, December 11; 6:30 - 8:00 pm Facilitator: Nadia Cantuña
Wednesday, December 17; 10 am - 12 pm (R) Facilitator: Liz Stratton

 * Please call Leeza’s Care Connection before attending a 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 
Tuesdays, December 2 and 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, December 11, (no meeting on 25th – Christmas); 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. Ann Brunner, MSW facilitates the group and has years of experience working with seniors and their families.


Early Onset Support Group
This group will not meet in December.

* 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, December 5, 12, 19, (no scrapbooking on the 26th); 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.


Journaling the Journey
Remaining Dates: Saturdays, 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 and only has 2 sessions remaining. The sessions do build upon each other. This group is facilitated by Alex Shinn, psychotherapist and former family caregiver. Please RSVP if you would like to participate as space is limited. Don’t forget to bring notebook and a pen!


Moves & Grooves!
Mondays, December 1 & 15; 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! 


Music Mondays with Bernadette
Mondays, December 8 & 22; 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! 


Body & Brain Wellness for the Caregiver
Tuesday, December 9; 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 (yoga-like movements), 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.




Sometimes, regular support and encouragement are all it takes to stay on track with weight management goals, intentions to become more active, and efforts to adopt a healthier diet. Our Healthier Lifestyle Program provides just that. Now that you have decided to make positive lifestyle changes, we’re ready with the motivation and resources to help make the journey successful! 

By participating in six sessions over three months, you will learn strategies and tips to stay motivated and on a path to confident self-care. The improvements to both physical and emotional health will be beneficial to both you, as a caregiver, and your care recipient. During the 90-minute session, you will weigh-in, to track your progress, focus on making positive lifestyle changes, and participate in a gentle 15-minute, one mile indoor walking workout. 

Education will include: Weight management education, recipe and nutrition information, exercise, and fun and friendly peer support, through group discussions

11 am – 12.30 pm on the 2nd and 4th Mondays – January, February, March 


6.30 pm – 8 pm on the 1st and 3rd Monday evenings – January, February, March 

Spaces for Healthier Lifestyle are limited. Please register at 818-847-3686. Please note that parking will NOT be validated for this program.


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