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Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers

Prepared by Family Caregiver Alliance. First, Care for Yourself On an airplane, an oxygen mask descends in front of you. What do you do? As we all know, the first rule is to put on your own oxygen mask before you assist anyone else. Only when we first help ourselves

Leeza’s Care Connection Featured in Providence Magazine

Leeza’s Care Connection offers much-needed support to the family members of Alzheimer’s patients. Click Here to Download the Article      Written by Sandi Draper Photographed by Lu Tapp     After losing a loved one to Alzheimer’s, most people mourn and then move on—perhaps even breathing a sigh of

Memory Loss: When to Seek Help

Coming to terms with memory loss and the possible onset of dementia can be difficult. A person may try to hide memory problems, and family members or friends may compensate for a person’s loss of memory — sometimes without being aware of how much they’ve adapted to the impairment.
What Caregivers Are Saying

“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.”

Our Programs

October 2015 PROGRAMS
at Leeza's Care Connection
Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center

Caregivers SHOW UP in large numbers to learn from Dr. Diane Darby Beach at our recent Lunch ‘n Learn on Communicating and Connecting with someone who has memory issues.  We also talked about how to cope with challenging behaviors like shadowing, repetition and agitation. Check out THIS MONTH’S Educational Programs – Join Us!



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.

“Lunch ‘n Learn”  - Brain Healthy Cooking
Wednesday, October 14; 1:00 – 2:00pm
Facilitator: Janette Guarino & Theresa Adam

Please join us to explore the latest research on how brain healthy foods and cooking help maintain cognitive abilities.  We’ll learn about superfoods and answer the question “why do we eat?”  Chef Janette will demonstrate and prepare a healthy afternoon snack you can easily make at home.  All participants will be able to sample Chef Janette’s creation, will receive recipe cards and research articles to encourage brain healthy cooking at home.


“Snack ‘n Learn”  - Need More Cash?  Use Your Home!!!
Friday, October 23 – 1:15 – 2:15pm
Facilitator:  Tom O’Donoghue

Are your medical costs escalating?  Are you afraid you might not have enough money to last through the end of your life?  A reverse mortgage is one of many useful tools that can help improve quality of life, especially for families dealing with debilitating diseases, such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.  Find out what a reverse mortgage is and see if it’s right for you.  Tom O’ Donoghue, sales manager at One Trust Senior Lending works with senior clients, specializing in loan products that help seniors thrive in their golden years.


Can Your Brain Regenerate?
Thursday, October 29 – 10:30 – 12:00pm
Facilitator:  Vicki Mizel, MA

Learn mental techniques to sharpen the mind and exercise the brain:

  • increase communications skills                                
  • improve relationships
  • use visual cues to stimulate recall                           
  • increase feeling of earlier happier memories
  • increase relaxation by visual stimuli                        
  • reduce stress and anxiety by visual recall  

Vicki Mizel has over 25 years of combined experience as a Teacher of Memory Training for older adults and Alzheimer’s patients; 3,000+ hours training as a Psychotherapist; and degrees in Speech Communication (BA) and Psychology (MA).


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, however, 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 Psychotherapist, Marriage and Family Therapist and Attorney at Law. Ann Brunner, MSW has many years working with seniors and families. Blanca Sagles is part of the Spiritual Care Team at Providence.


Caring for a Parent with Alzheimer’s/Dementia –EVENING GROUP
1st & 3rd Wed., October 7 & 21, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
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 Empowerment Group
1st & 3rd Thurs., October 1 & 15, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
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. Led by Myrna Respite is offered.


Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregiver Empowerment Group
2nd & 4th Wed., October 14 & 28, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
This group 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. Facilitated by Leta and Manij. Respite is offered.


Generic Empowerment Caregiver Meeting – EVENING GROUP
2nd & 4th Wednesday, October 14 & 28, 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, October 8 & 22, 10-11:30am.
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


Bereavement Support Group
1st & 3rd Wednesdays October 7 & 21, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Are you grieving a loss and need a little support and direction? Processing a loss and re-purposing your life can be challenging. This support group led by Blanca Sagles can help.


Preserving memories through Scrapbooking
Every Friday, 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
A 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.


“Pep Up Your Life” – Senior Fitness
Every Friday, 9:45 - 10:45am
Let’s have fun and get moving!!!  Join us for a full body workout for all levels.  Our high-energy trainers will take us though strength training, balance, core work, stretching and light cardio.  You will use chairs and resistance bands.  Criselda Esguerra and Chelsea Bendebel both hold a BS in Kinesiology from CSLA.  They have experience working with patients in rehabilitation, aquatics and teaching adapted PE.

“Caring Company”
Friday, October 23; 1 pm
@ Marie Callendar’s at 14743 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91403, 818-788-3983 Please RSVP to Andrea Bennett-Kaye at 818-383-2854
This Caregiver driven program is specifically for those 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.  To learn more or RSVP, please contact Andrea at 818-383-2854.


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