New & Noteworthy
“We have been blessed to be on the front lines, for almost a decade, helping families navigate through a challenging time.”
at Leeza's Care Connection
Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center
> INTRODUCING H.U.G.S – "Helping U Grow Strong"
HUGS can help get you through life's toughest moments can't they? That's what I've noticed in the ten years since I've been observing our communities of caregivers. What I've learned from all of you is this: the best person to help guide a new caregiver along the path is someone who has walked it before. That's why I'm introducing a new program called HUGS Ambassadors that is a peer-to-peer support circle that allows those who've "been there/done that" to lift and encourage those who may be lost and afraid , still asking themselves, "Now what?". Let us know if you're interested in being a HUGS Ambassador and very soon we'll be adding this service to help our friends and neighbors. (OH, the "comfort" bear was named HUGGIE by the group ☺) – Leeza Gibbons
> VALENTINES JEWELRY SALE
It’s that time of year to show love for your loved ones! Beautiful, handmade jewelry is on sale at LCC for the month of February. Priced: $1 - $10
> WELCOMING NEW FACILITATORS/VOLUNTEERS TO LCC
2015 has brought new and wonderful people to our LCC family that will be here to help you Breathe, Believe and Receive on your journey as a caregiver. For those of you who haven’t met our newest leaders, here’s a little bit about them:
> UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION
Thursday, February 12; 2:00 - 3:00pm
Facilitator: Karen Geerken
Does the idea of delving into nutrition, with all of the new terms, confuse you? Is there an easy way to read food labels? What should we be eating? I know in the midst of the flow of life and the stress that surrounds us, eating healthy can seem too much work and often overwhelming. Let's begin to simplify what we eat and to learn what we are putting into our amazing and complex bodies so that we can live a full, healthy life!
Karen Geerken is a life-long learner! She has always been interested in nutrition and loves to help others lead physically and emotionally healthy lives in order to accomplish their dreams. She spent 14 years in the research pharmaceutical world and now works as a wellness coach and independent associate with Mannatech, a food-based supplement company.
> LUNCH-N-LEARN: Your Loved One is About to Move Out of Their Property; Now What?
Wednesday, February 18; 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Facilitator: Megan Zucaro
It can be a tough balance between honoring a loved ones wishes to keep their home once they have been moved into a healthcare environment verses balancing the financial and emotional toll of keeping the property. Megan Zucaro is a successful Real Estate agent who has helped a lot of families make plans for their loved ones homes once they no longer live there. She has found that prior planning makes life a lot easier if families have a plan before they have to rent or sell a loved ones property. Come and learn about what different options might be right for you.
> CAREGIVER TO CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP / RESPITE (R)
Thursday, February 5, 19; 2 - 3:30 pm (R) Facilitator: Deanna Lueckette
Wednesday, February 4, 11, 25; 6 - 7:30 pm Facilitator: Stephanie Davis
Wednesday, February 11, 25; 11 am - 12:30 pm (R) Co-Facilitator: Leta Nadler & Manij Taban
Wednesday, February 18; 10 am - 12 pm (R) Facilitator: Liz Stratton
* THERE IS NO NEED TO CALL LEEZA’S CARE CONNECTION AHEAD OF TIME IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND A SUPPORT GROUP. WE NOW HAVE AN OPEN DOOR POLICY AND YOU’RE ALWAYS WELCOME! *
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.
> EARLY MEMORY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, February 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, February 3 and 17; 2 - 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, February 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, February 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, February 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 & Holly Tyrer. All ability levels are welcome. No experience necessary. Please wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes.
> BODY & BRAIN WELLNESS FOR THE CAREGIVER
Tuesday, February 10; 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Calling ALL Family Caregivers! Join us for a new program that features the "Experience of Holistic Wellness." 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. The session will be led by Fatima Bustos-Choy, PhD, owner and headmaster of Body & Brain Holistic Wellness Center. Please wear comfortable clothes, socks, and bring a blanket or yoga mat if you prefer.
> CARING COMPANY
Friday, February 20; 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.