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.”
June 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).
Leeza shared her “Fierce Optimism” with us and signed copies of her new book for our caregivers.
Please remember to RSVP to (818) 847-3686 if you would like to attend the “Lunch n Learn” to ensure we are able to provide enough food.
Memory Fitness–Keep your memory sharp!
1st & 3rd Wed, June 1 & 15, 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. Come join us for the fun!
“Lunch ‘n Learn” – What is Hospice and Palliative Care?
Wednesday, June 8, 1:00 – 2:00pm
Mary Johnson, Director of Patient Services at Skirball Hospice (a non-profit) will be joining us to teach us about Hospice and Palliative Care. Hospice supports and assists families and caregivers who are dealing with end of life. Palliative Care is a medical specialty that helps adults with serious chronic or life-limiting illness. Please come and learn the difference between them and how they can aid in the comfort of your loved one. In addition to being the Director at Skirball, Mary has been Director of Nursing in a Skilled Nursing Facility and Assisted Living specializing in Alzheimer’s. She is a graduate of UCLA
Therapeutic Coaching & Energy Healing
Tuesday, June 14, 10:30 – 1:30pm
Nicole Webb is trained in spiritual psychology, emotional release therapy and magnetic energy healing. Make an appointment for the opportunity to just feel supported in whatever ways you need; whether that is just to be listened to, assistance working through or processing any hurdles in your life or providing energy healing for your physical body. Space is limited – each appointment is 45 minutes long. Please call (818)847-3686 to schedule on now!
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, June 1 & 15, 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 Thursday, June 2 & 16, 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, June 8 & 22, 11am – 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, June 8 & 22, 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 Thursdays, June 9 & 23, 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, will assist participants in how to creatively use materials while providing an enjoyable opportunity for families to relive cherished memories and make new ones.
Do you need help or to be connected to resources in your community? Resource Tuesdays is for you!
Is it Time?
One of the most difficult decisions family caregivers could face is whether or not to place their ailing loved one in a professional care facility.
Being a caregiver for a loved one is often synonymous with guilt. We feel guilty about making everyday decisions for a person who, not so long ago, was autonomous; we feel guilty about not doing enough; we feel guilty about asking for help, and we feel guilty about not asking for help. We feel guilty about feeling guilty!
Then the time might come when that loved one has to go to a professional care facility, often for their own safety, comfort, and health care. The feelings of guilt keep piling on.
When faced with this tough decision, it is important to remember you are acting in your loved one’s best interest, even if this decision is beneficial to you too. Remember you are only human, and may no longer be able to do the caring yourself. You may not have all the resources necessary to provide the best care for your loved one, and isn’t that all what we all want – to provide the very best care to our loved ones?
Remember also that you are not responsible for their illness, and placing them in the right facility really may be the right choice. It does not mean you are abandoning them. On the contrary, it may very well be that you are doing your duty as a care provider since placing is the best option at the time.
Talk to your loved one’s doctor, visit different facilities; talk to the staff, and family members of the residents. Then make an informed decision. If you need help knowing the right questions to ask, Wendy can help you with that.
If you need to, talk to a professional counselor, and for your own benefit, and your loved one’s benefit, let go of the guilt.
Edie J. Adler is an actress, author, public speaker and advocate for people suffering from Alzheimer's. She loves animals and has 5 dogs, 4 cats, 3 bird and 1 turtle.
The best way to promote safe thinking is to share safe thinking! Here are some safety quotes that are an easy and fun way to remember safety, at the workplace or at home.
- To avoid a scene you must keep your workplace or home clean
- A spill, a slip, a hospital trip
- Tomorrow is your reward for working safely today
- Safety is like a lock and you are the key
- Safety is as simple as ABC – Always Be Careful
- Unprepared = Unsafe
- It’s better to be late in this world instead of early to the next
- Don’t overload your extension cords
- Courtesy and common sense promote safety
- Shortcuts cut life short
- If the cord has a fray, throw it away
- Be alert. Accidents hurt!
- When in doubt, check it out
- Safety is no accident
- It’s better to lose one minute in life than to lose your life in a minute