Calendar of Events
ALL PROGRAMMING HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY MOVED TO Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church, located at 170 St Andrews Rd, Columbia, SC 29210 (across the street from Leeza’s Care Connection).
LUNCH ‘N LAUGHTER!
June 7th from 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Laughter is Medicine for your Soul Christian humorist and motivational speaker Christian Cherie Nettles is described as a knee slapping, belly laughing, people magnet! Join us as Cherie brings you joy and laughter in a one hour presentation. Laughter is the best medicine! Lunch provided by Lutheran Hospice. RSVP requested, but is not required for attendance.
LUNCH ‘N LEARN: Where do I go from here?
June 14th from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Charlene Rhodes with Always Best as we navigate the ins and outs of finding placement for your loved one. How do I afford assisted living or memory care? Medicare? Medicaid? Where do I look? What questions do I ask? Think you’re not ready for placement? Wait lists for facilities can take years, so get informed NOW! Lunch provided by Always Best Care of the Midlands. RSVP requested but not required.
BBR BOOKCLUB JUNE’S BOOK OF THE MONTH: A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
June 15th from 12:00 – 1:00 pm
A feel-good story about the angry old man next door and the impact one life has on countless others.
June 16th from 10:30 – 11:30 am
Join Marti and Kena as we dish about the week and the latest hot topics in life and caregiving! All lady caregivers and volunteers welcome! Smiles and laughter guaranteed! Coffee and Breakfast provided.
Longest Day Ice Cream Break!
June 21st at 1:00 – 2:00 pm
All Welcome Drop by for an ice cream break in the shade in honor of the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual recognition of Alzheimer’s awareness. The Longest Day is all about love for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Ice Cream provided by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
LUNCH ‘N LEARN: PBS Film Screening Documentary, Being Mortal
June 29th from 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Grab some popcorn as we watch this PBS special that follows renowned New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. In conjunction with Gawande’s new book, Being Mortal, the film investigates the practice of caring for the dying, and shows how doctors – himself included – are often remarkably untrained, ill-suited and uncomfortable talking about chronic illness and death with their patients. Lunch and popcorn provided by South Carolina Hospice and Palliative Care. RSVP requested but is not required.
Caregiver Support Groups
You are not alone! Connecting with other caregivers, sharing, venting, learning from each other and our facilitators helps you gain an understanding that you are not alone. Each of our groups below meets twice a month.
Evening group meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6:00pm – 7:15pm
Daytime group meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 1:00pm – 2:15pm
Parkinson’s Caregiver Support Group
2nd and 4th Tuesday from 11:30am-1:00pm
Lunch provided by Dunbar Funeral Home.
Caregiver Support Group for Early Stages of Dementia
1st and 3rd Tuesday from 11:30am-1:00pm
This is a group for both caregivers and care-receivers adjusting to a new diagnosis of dementia and focuses on what you need to know, plan and do in order to live the best life possible in the midst of dementia. Lunch provided once per month by FirstLight Home Care.
Grief Support Group
2nd & 4th Monday from 1:00 – 2:15pm
Connect with other caregivers who have experienced loss and challenges that living with grief brings. Group sponsored by All Seasons Hospice.
WELLNESS & ENERGY PROGRAMS
Caregiver 101 with Carlos “Pops” Gibbons
Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesday from 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Join Carlos “Pops” Gibbons, Jennifer Kistler with LTC Health Solutions and others who have walked the path as they share tips and techniques on how to survive your caregiving journey.
Sit ‘n Stitch
Meets every Wednesday of each month from 10:00am – 12:00pm
Please come and meet others who are on, or have completed, the caregiving journey. Bring your current project or just yourself and learn how to soothe your stress with crocheting, knitting, and companionship. No experience needed!
Love and Support
Meets June 21st from 11:30 – 1:00pm
Guest Speaker: SW Vivian Moore, Senior Primary Care Join Marsha Ward from Daybreak Adult Care Services in a group discussion for support and resources to those caring for someone with dementia.
Arts and Crafts
Meets June 29th 2:00 – 3:30pm
June’s Art: Learn to Draw Join the ladies from Nancy’s Healing heARTS group and Montez English to learn the joys of all things creative! This fun, stress relieving group is a great way to connect with other caregivers and get your creative juices flowing! No art experience needed!
Men’s Coffee Club
Meets the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month at 9:30am
Connect with other caregivers who have walked the caregiving path over coffee and breakfast in our Care Café.
Healing Rhythms: Drumming Circle of FUN!
Meets every 4th Wednesday of the month from 10:30am – 11:30am
Cyndi Boot of Regency Hospice will lead us in the circle of drumming and experience its calming and energizing effects. Group drumming has been shown to help lower stress, enhance the immune system, and it’s FUN!
Beginner Line Dancing
Meets every Tuesday from 1:00 – 2:00pm
Have fun and relieve stress by learning basic line dancing routines! No experience needed!
Caregiver Massages & Hand Treatments
June 8th & 22nd from 11:30am – 1:00pm
Licensed massage therapist Rita Holloway offers FREE relaxing massages to our caregivers! RSVP preferred. Those who RSVP will be seen first and all others accommodated as time will allow. Those waiting for massages will be specially treated to FREE hand treatments by a Mary Kay representative!