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> SPECIAL EVENT – Celebrity Apprentice Party with Leeza Gibbons
Friday, March 13th; 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Last month our very own Leeza Gibbons was on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice to raise money and awareness for Leeza's Care Connection, caregivers and people living with Alzheimer's. Out of 16 competing celebrities, Leeza was crowned the winner! To celebrate, we're going to have a party at Leeza's Care Connection. Come and join us for a fun afternoon with snacks, laughs, music and more! Please RSVP at 818-847-3686
CAREGIVING MATTERS: Education by Phone
Dial-In Number: 1-877-226-9607
Conference Code: 6375 7962 41#
> HOW TO UNPLUG AS A CAREGIVER
Tuesday, March 10th; 12 pm - 1 pm
Are you a long-term caregiver for your loved one and you’re getting a little more than burnt out? What do you do? While each caregiving situation is unique, there are steps you can take to take care of YOU. Join Anji Navarro PHD, International Healing Collective, for steps on how to unplug as a caregiver.
> POSITIVE ENGAGEMENT AND COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUES
Thursday, March 19th; 11 am - 12 pm
Join Deanna Lueckenotte, founder of Leading the Way Seminars and an eldercare specialist, to learn positive engagement and communication techniques to help you, the caregiver, on your loved ones journey with dementia.
Please 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.
> SNACK 'N LEARN: Self-Awareness to Help Cope with Stressful Moments
Thursday, March 12th; 2 pm - 3 pm
Facilitator: Marcus Rogan
Learn to understand yourself and gain awareness of your own stress levels when interacting with others. Self-awareness growth can help you to cope with stressful moments. Marcus Rogan has an MA in Psychology and is also a 2 times Olympic Games Silver Medalist in swimming.
> LUNCH 'N LEARN: Options for Obtaining In-Home Care/Respite on a Budget
Wednesday, February 18th; 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Facilitator: Ryan Reedom
This is an informational talk that will discuss resources and options available for caregivers to receive home care help for their loved one, including respite visits. Ryan Reedom is the owner/CEO of A Graceful Way In-Home Care and a caregiver for his grandmother.
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.
> CAREGIVER TO CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP / RESPITE (R)
Thursday, March 5, 19; 2-3:30 pm (R) Facilitator: Deanna Lueckette
Wednesday, March 4, 11, 25; 6-7:30pm Facilitator: Stephanie Davis
Wednesday, March 11, 25; 11 am-12:30 pm (R) Co-Facilitator: Leta Nadler & Manij Taban
Wednesday, March 18; 10am - 12 pm (R) Facilitator: Liz Stratton
* 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: 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
Thursday, March 12 and 26; 10:30 am - 12 pm
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.
> CAREGIVER BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesday, March 3 and 17; 2 pm - 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 Holly Tyrer.
> YOUNG ON-SET CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesday, March 24; 6:30 pm - 8 pm
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, March 6, 13, 20 and 27; 11 am - 1 pm
LCC 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 creatively use materials while providing an enjoyable opportunity for families to relive cherished memories.
> MOVES & GROOVES
Thursday, March 5, 12, 19 and 26; 12:30 pm - 1:30 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 program is for YOU! Join us every week to get movin’ and groovin’ as we stretch, breathe, and dance to the Zumba Gold DVD. The sessions will be led by Bernice Sanders. All ability levels are welcome. No experience necessary. Please wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes.
> BODY & BRAIN WELLNESS FOR THE CAREGIVER
Tuesday, March 10; 10:30 am - 11:30 am - FREE FOR LCC GUESTS!
1054 West Alameda Ave.
Burbank, CA 91506
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 will be now be held at “Body & Brain Holistic Wellness Center”.
> TABLE MASSAGE WEDNESDAY
Wednesday, March 11; 1 pm - 4:30 pm
(Last appointment is at 4 pm)
Are you a caregiver who is feeling tired and stressed? Great news! We are offering free massages on 2 days 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.
> CARING COMPANY
Friday, March 27th; 1 pm
Marie Callender’s - 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 or firstname.lastname@example.org.