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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.

HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act needs approval from Congress: Guest commentary

Imagine your dearest loved one — your spouse, parent, partner or child — looking at you and saying they don’t know you. That indescribable heartbreak is something the family members of an estimated 5.3 million American’s — half a million in California alone — don’t have to imagine, they live
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

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


NEW ON FRIDAYS – 9:45-10:45am

“Pep up your Life” Senior Fitness

Come join the fun and get moving!!!
Our high energy trainers will take us through strength training, balance, core work, stretching and light cardio.  All levels welcome.


Education by Phone

Dial-In Number: 1-877-226-9607
Conference Code: 6375 7962 41#


Is Your Loved One a Pack-rat - Do They Collect Items?
Tuesday, August 4;  12:00 – 1:00pm

Minda Cutcher, shares tips and strategies on dealing with a loved one is hiding, stashing, storing, and losing items.  Understand the “dos and don’ts” of working, loving and living with “collectors” in a respectful and productive manner.  Minda Cutcher specializes in working with seniors and their families. She has her BS in Civil Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Northeastern University.

Caregiver Challenges and How to Deal with Them
Thursday, August 20; 7:00pm–8:00pm

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s/Dementia is often done with the best of intentions.  It can be a rewarding endeavor, but it can also be filled with enormous challenges.  What begins as a loving and supportive journey can become overwhelming and stressful. Join Tami Anastasia, M.A., an Alzheimer’s caregiver support group facilitator, health and wellness Counselor, Certified Senior Advisor and author.


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”  - Memory Decline and Memory Support
Wednesday, August 12; 1:00 – 2:00pm               

Facilitator: Jose Acumabi & Michelle Sucillon
Join us as we hear from a dementia expert from Belmont Village the things we can do to help slow the decline of dementia and all that can be done to support it.  There will be time dedicated to Q&A during this special hour.    Jose Acumabig has been in the senior care business since 2008 and manages dementia programming  and memory support.  He also has a BS in nursing. 

“Snack ‘n Learn”- How to Select the Right Caregiver for your Loved One.
Friday, August 21 – 1:15 – 2:15pm 

Facilitator:  Tracey Paulk
Learn the benefits of bringing help into your home, how to select the right caregiver for your loved one, and what questions to ask.  Tracey Paulk from ComForCare has her BA in Human Services with a concentration in Gerontology. 


Meet Our Empowerment/Support Group Facilitators:

Leta Nadler and Manij Taban, Human Services Paraprofessionals were 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. 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., August 5th& 19th  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. Aug. 6th & 20th  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 Deanna
Respite is offered.

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregiver Empowerment Group
3rd Wednesday of ea. Month Aug. 19th  10:00 a.m. – Noon

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. Facilitated by Liz. Respite is offered.

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregiver Empowerment Group
2nd & 4th Wed. 12th & 26th  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 Wed., August 12th & 26th , 6-7:30 pm 

This support group is for anyone caring for a spouse, child, parent, neighbor or friend and whether you’ve placed someone or they’re living at home,  you are welcome to come share your experience with others, learn from theirs, and leave feeling empowered.  The group facilitator is Stephanie Davis.

Early Memory Loss Support Group 
2nd & 4th Thursdays,  August 13, 27  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

Bereavement Support Group
1st & 3rd Wednesdays August 5th, 19th   12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Are you grieving a loss and in need of a little support and direction? Processing a loss and re-purposing your life can be challenging. This support group is led by Blanca Sagles.

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.

“Body & Brain Wellness for the Caregiver”
August 11th 10:30am-11:30am – FREE for LCC Guests! –Held @ 1054 West Alameda Avenue. Burbank - 818-846-8888

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.

Table Massage Tuesday for Caregivers!
Tuesday, August 4 -  11:30am -2:30pm (last appointment is at 1pm)

Feeling tired and stressed? Great news! Free 25 minute massages offered by Katie Karras, certified massage therapist, reiki healer, watsu therapist, and yoga instructor. Call for appointment. Space is limited – appointment is needed.   *Please bring a large towel to the appointment.

“Caring Company”
Friday, August 28; 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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