New & Noteworthy
“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 2016 PROGRAMS
at Leeza's Care Connection Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center
Leeza's Care Connection is a place where family caregivers come to get support, ask questions, find answers and learn how to deal with the ever-changing demands of caregiving. The program is a partnership between the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation and Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center (PSJMC).
Please remember to RSVP to (818) 847-3686 if you would like to attend the “Lunch n Learn” to ensure we are able to provide enough food.
Memory Fitness-Keep your memory sharp!
1st & 3rd Wed, July 6 & 20, 10:30 - 11:30 am
This interactive class provides an opportunity for individuals with memory loss and their care partners to participate together in various activities that are beneficial for mind, spirit and socialization. The activities directors from Belmont Village will engage the class using memory tools and strategies that are simple, fun and can be used at home. Come join us for the fun!
"Lunch 'n Learn" - Caring for the Caregiver
Speaker: Estee Bienstock RN
Wednesday, July 13, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Have you been taking care of yourself lately? We will discuss the risks of caregiving, caregiver burnout, the importance of building and maintaining a support network, as well as tips for coping with the challenges of caregiving. A variety of services are available to caregivers, many of which will be discussed. Learn useful stress reduction techniques to aid when you're feeling overwhelmed. Estee Bienstock, RN and owner of All Point Home Health will help us understand how to carefully navigate our journey as caregivers. She is also part of the Alzheimer's Association's Speakers Bureau and has been recognized by the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGVM).
We offer a variety of groups designed to meet many caregiving situations. We recommend caregivers call before attending so we can guide you in selecting the most appropriate group for you. Our phone number is (818) 847-3686.
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, Marriage and Family Therapist and Attorney at Law. Ann Brunner, MSW has many years working with seniors and families.
Caring for a Parent with Alzheimer's/Dementia
1st & 3rd Wed., July 6 & 20, 6-7:30 pm
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.
Courageous Heroes Alzheimer's/Dementia Caregiver Support Group
1st & 3rd Thurs., July 7 & 21, 12:30 - 2:00 pm
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. Group led by Myrna Gordon. Respite is offered.
Wellness Warriors Alzheimer's/Dementia Caregiver Support Group
2nd & 4th Thurs., July 14 & 28th, 12:30-2:00 pm
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. Group led by Dana Sigoloff and Liz Gregory. Respite is offered.
Alzheimer's/Dementia "Experienced Caregiver" Support Group
2nd & 4th Wednesday, July 13 & 27 , 11am - 12:30 pm
This group is made up of "experienced caregivers" who have attended support group for 2 years or more and are 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. Group facilitated by Leta and Manij. Respite is offered.
Caregiver Support Group (Open to all caregivers)
2nd & 4th Wednesday, July 13 & 27, 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, July 14 & 28, 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
Scrapbooking & Knitting Circle
Every Friday - 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
A scrapbooking workshop and knitting circle 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 and make new ones.
Do you need help or to be connected to resources in your community? Resource Tuesdays is for you!
Beat The Summer Heat
As the days get longer and warmer, you might want to explore new ways to beat the heat and entertain the loved one under your care. While staying at home playing puzzles, drinking cold lemonade is always a good choice, there are plenty of free activities in Los Angeles to have a great time and stay cool. Here are just a few:
The LA Central Public Library, located at 630 W. Fifth St. is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10 AM - 5:30 PM; Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 AM - 8:00 PM. Not open on Sundays.
La Brea Tar Pits is located at 5801 Wilshire Blvd. Call 213-763-3499 for hours of operation. Visit the Cathedral of our Lady of Los Angeles, located at 555 W. Temple St. You don't have to be Catholic to enjoy the magnificent architecture. It's open Monday - Friday 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM. Saturday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM and Sunday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM.
The Americana at Brand in Glendale has many shops and restaurants and a beautiful fountain with a show of dancing water every hour. While you're there, enjoy a free mini make over at Sephora.
Want to relax and get self-centered? The Sahaya Yoga Meditation Center in Sherman Oaks offers free meditation classes. Call 818-377-3868 for details.
The Getty Center by the 405 freeway offers some of the most beautiful views of the city. 310-440-7300 is their number. Not far from them is the Skirball Cultural Center with free admission every Thursday. And don't forget the Autry National Center; it's free the second Tuesday of every month. You can call them at 323-667-2000.
These are just some suggestions for your summer entertainment. Don't forget to bring water and keep your loved one, and yourself, well hydrated. Enjoy the warmer weather and stay safe!
Edie J. Adler is an actress, author, public speaker and advocate for people suffering from Alzheimer's. She loves animals and has 5 dogs, 4 cats, 3 bird and 1 turtle.