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).

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

LUNCH ‘N LEARN SERIES: The Caregiver’s Toolbox
September 13th, 20th, & 27th from 12:00 – 1:30 pm

In this six-week series, LCC is bringing in the lead author of The Caregiver’s Toolbox. You will learn: Where to find the most reliable websites for disease management, how to get a second opinion, easy technology tools for communicating with your care team, your rights as a caregiver, how to decode medical bills, and how to manage/ protect your loved one’s high- risk accounts. Lunch provided by Colonial Gardens Alzheimer’s Special Care Unit and Harbor Chase of Columbia. RSVP is requested, but not required to attend.

ASK THE EXPERT: Tax Talk
September 14th from 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Tax Tips for Older Adults Learn who generally is and is not required to file a tax return. From there, you’ll also be introduced to some other special tax considerations for seniors such as gift taxes, state and federal benefits for seniors, and how to designate someone to assist with tax matters. Expert presenter: Larry Slaughter, Liberty Tax. Lunch provided by Liberty Tax. RSVP is requested, but is not required to attend.

Caregiver VIP Retreat
September 15th from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Are you a caregiver? Then you could use a little pampering – VIP style! Take a break and join us with other well deserving caregivers as we feed your mind, body and spirit! Several experts will be on hand to discuss caregiver topics like stress management, fall prevention and dementia dilemmas. Let us pamper YOU with massages, hand treatments, hairstyling, gifts bags and a Certificate of Recognition for all you do. RSVP by calling (803) 888-7525. Lunch provided by First Choice VIP Care Plus.

BBR BOOKCLUB AUGUST BOOK OF THE MONTH: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
September 21st from 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Are you in a reading slump? This book may be just what you need. “A novel so readable juicy and surreptitiously smart, it deserves all the attention it can get.” – New York Times. The Cooke family’s story is about love, loss and secrets. The family dynamics have gone askew and the reader finds out why through the twists and turns of the plot. A joyful page turner!

TRAINING: Clergy Caregiving Training
September 25th from 10:30 – 12:00 am

Learn to identify and support the caregivers within YOUR faith community! This program aims to help clergy understand who caregivers are, the challenges they face and what available resources for caregivers exist in our community. We can help provide resources to start or increase the role of your members’ care ministries!

ASK THE EXPERT: Tax Talk – Social Security
September 28th from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Learn when Social Security benefits are taxable and when they are not. If your only income is Social Security, are you required to file a tax return? Expert presenter: Larry Slaughter, Liberty Tax. Lunch provided by Liberty Tax. RSVP is requested, but is not required to attend.

SUPPORT GROUPS

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
1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6:00pm – 7:15pm

Daytime group
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.

Keeping the Faith
1st and 3rd Thursday from 1:00 – 2:15pm
This is a non-denominational support group aimed to connect you with other caregivers throughout their spiritual journey and help you learn God’s truth about yourself.

Breathe Easier Club
Meets September 29th from from 11.30am – 1.00pm 
This group is for lung cancer survivors and their families. RSVP by calling 803.777.9736

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 the 3rd Monday of each month from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join Marsha Ward from Daybreak Adult Care Services in a group discussion for support and resources to those caring for someone with dementia. Lunch provided by Daybreak Adult Care Services.

Arts and Crafts: Learn to Paint & Sculpt
Meets September 7th & 20th from 2:30 – 4:00 pm

Join 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.

Healing Rhythms: Drumming Circle of FUN!
Meets the 2nd Thursday of each 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!

Mindful Movement
Meets the 1st and 4th Thursday

Christy Clonts, wellness coach and certified yoga instructor, will share simple stretch and movement techniques to help reduce stress and anxiety. These techniques also help improve strength, balance and flexibility.

Ladies’ Coffee Club
Join us on September 29th from 10:30am – 11:30 am for Laughter!

Join us 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.

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