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“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.”
JULY 2015 PROGRAMS
at Leeza's Care Connection
Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center
Education by Phone
Dial-In Number: 1-877-226-9607
Conference Code: 6375 7962 41#
Smart Spending for Later Living
Tuesday, July 7; 12:00 – 1:00pm
There are many choices when it comes to funding Long Term Care. Pre-planning can be less expensive than having to create a plan after the fact. Learn simple tips and tricks for funding needed for care later in life. We will discuss various options such as Long Term Care Insurance, VA, Life Insurance, loan programs and Medicaid among others. Join Wendy Rinehart, Co-Founder of Claim Jockey, a nation-wide Long Term Care Insurance claims filing and management company.
How to Have a Family Caregiver Roundtable; a Discussion on Roles and Responsibilities
Thursday, July 16; 7:00pm–8:00pm
Learn how to determine your loved one’s wishes and define what tasks each family member will handle. Learn the questions to ask so there is a clear plan in place which allows the entire family to feel a part of the caregiving - come to a better place of understanding as a family. Determine which documents need to be in place; do you need a compensation plan, a power of attorney? Tyler Stanley's background and caregiver experience spans 13 years in law, policy and social services.
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” – Activities for People with Dementia – How to keep them stimulated
Wednesday, July 8; 1 – 2pm
Facilitator: Dr. Diane Darby Beach/p>
Taking care of a loved one with dementia can be daunting. Keeping this person entertained and engaged at home is a constant challenge. During the course of this seminar, you will learn how to: create meaningful activities for your loved one, assess your loved one’s current skills, play up your loved one’s past interest, and create failure free activities for your loved one.
“Snack n Learn”- Am I Stressed? You Bet!!!!
Friday, July 17; 1:30pm – 2:30pm
A special presentation geared toward caregivers. Learn about the emotional, physical, cognitive and behavioral symptoms of stress. A little stress every now and then is not something to be concerned about. However, ongoing, chronic stress can cause or exacerbate many serious health problems. The best thing you can do to prevent stress is come to know your stress symptoms.
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, July 2, 16; 12:30-2:00 pm (R) Facilitator: Deanna Lueckenotte
Wednesday, July 1,8,15,22; 6-7:30pm Facilitator: Stephanie Davis
Wednesday, July 8,22; 11 am-12:30 pm (R) Co-Facilitator: Leta Nadler & Manij Taban
Wednesday, July 15; 10am - 12 pm (R) Facilitator: Liz Stratton
Please note: “R” is for groups where we offer respite activities for your loved one during 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.
Early Memory Loss Support Group
2nd & 4th Thursdays, July 9 & 23 10-11:30 am
This is a support group for those that are recently diagnosed with any memory impairment (mild cognitive impairments, dementia, Alzheimer’s, traumatic brain injury, stroke, etc. Acknowledgement of having a memory loss can bring up many feelings- this is a time to learn and share. Ann Brunner, MSW facilitates the group. Ann has many years of experience working with seniors and their families.
Bereavement Support Group
1st & 3rd Wednesdays July 1& 15 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
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 Providence
Empowerment Caregiver Meeting
2nd & 4th Wednesdays, July 8 & 22, 6-7:30 pm
This support group is for anyone caring for a loved one. Please join us if you’re caring for a spouse, child or friend and whether you’ve placed someone or they’re living at home. Come share your experience with others, learn from theirs, and leave feeling empowered. The group facilitator is Stephanie Davis, licensed psychotherapist and Attorney at Law
Caring for a Parent Support Group
1st & 3rd Wednesday, July 1 & 15, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Are you caring for your mother or father and need some help along the way? This group is designed for individuals to share their experiences and support each other in navigating the care and support of a parent. The group facilitator is Stephanie Davis, licensed psychotherapist and Attorney at Law.
Preserving memories through Scrapbooking
Every Friday – 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
NO SCRAPBOOKING ON JULY 3RD IN OBSERVANCE OF INDEPENDENCE DAY
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 – except July 3rd; 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.
“Body & Brain Wellness for the Caregiver”
Tuesday, July 14; 10:30am-11:30am – FREE for LCC Guests!
1054 West Alameda Avenue. Burbank,, CA 91506 Phone : 818-846-8888
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 is held offsite at “Body & Brain Holistic Wellness Center”.
Table Massage Tuesday!!
Tuesday, July 14 - 10:30am -1:30pm (last appointment is at 1pm)
Are you a caregiver who is feeling tired and stressed? Great news! We are offering free massages 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.
Relax, Stretch and Breathe
Tuesday, July 21 - 10:30-11:30am
Allow yourself to connect with your body, breath and movement. Find stillness and leave feeling relaxed and refreshed. Take home a few relaxation techniques to use at home for your continued self care. Led by Katie Karras. **Please wear comfortable exercise clothing and bring a yoga mat or large towel.
Friday, July 24; 1 pm
Marie Callender’s at 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.