About Leeza’s Care Connection

In the US, there are over 65 million family caregivers currently taking care of a loved one going through a health crisis.  Those numbers are expected to increase dramatically over the next few decades. These are husbands and wives, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, family and friends who are taking care of each other.  Caregivers are often depressed, stressed and depleted which can lead to burnout…often causing stress related disorders that can take up to ten years off the life of the caregiver.

Leeza’s Place is “A Place for Family Caregivers”; a community                                                            gatheringSureta And Denise place and resource center committed to providing free support services,resources and programs for family caregivers taking care of a loved one with a memory disorder or any chronic and/or progressive illness.

Leeza Gibbons created The Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation in 2002 as a promise to her mother to “tell her story and make it count” after her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and her family’s subsequent caregiving challenges.

Leeza’s Place is the signature program of the Foundation having opened its first doors in 2003 as the manifestation of what Leeza “wished we had when we were going through this journey.” Leeza’s Place is home to all types of family caregivers. Our programs and services educate, empower and energize. We are a source of strength and purpose connecting caregivers to one another and to the much needed resources within the community.

We’ve learned through almost a decade of working with families at Leeza’s Place, that caregivers are best when they are connected to each other, to support services and to their own strength of spirit.

Now, in addition to offering education, empowerment and energy, we introduce Leeza’s Care Connection; a place where caregivers come together to become stronger, more resilient and grounded, developing a set of skills that help them handle their new life of change. Leeza’s Care Connection is a natural outgrowth of what we’ve learned from our guests. Stop by and visit us in our new home: Leeza’s Care Connection at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, CA.

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