Calendar of Events

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

February 5th from 11:00 – 3:00 pm
FREE COGNITIVE SCREENINGS!

Every wonder, “Is my forgetfulness part of normal aging or is it more?” Johnsie Douglas, MEd, LPC, will be on hand to administer the Saint Louis University Mental Status Exam (SLUMS), a widely used and brief oral/written screening tool only, given to assist in determining a dementia diagnosis or provide a baseline of cognitive levels for your doctor. The exam will take about 15 min. plus 5 min. to review results. You will be given a copy of the results. RSVP by calling 803-888-7525 or email: kena@leezascareconnection.org

February 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th from 11:30 – 1:00pm
LOVE SERIES: Caregiving… What’s LOVE got to do with it?

Join us on Wednesdays in February for lunch and an educational series on the 5 Languages of Love! Speaker Marsha Ward, LMSW will help us learn how to use touch, affirmations, quality time, gifts and service to better connect with your loved one. Whether you are caring for a spouse, parent or friend, this series is for YOU! This series is presented by Daybreak Adult Care Services. It is based on the book Keeping Love Alive as Memory Fades: The 5 Love Languages and the Alzheimer’s Journey. Book and lunch included. RSVP preferred but not necessary.

February 8th from 11:30 – 1:00 pm
LUNCH ‘N LEARN: Five Wishes Living Will

Susan Rush, MSW, Program Director with Heartstrings Hospice will discuss the Five Wishes Living Will document, intended to help families start conversations about care in times of serious illness. Written in everyday language, and recognized as a legal document in SC, Five Wishes helps people express their wishes in areas of personal, spiritual, medical and legal. It includes power of attorney, living will and three additional advanced directives. RSVP requested but not required. Lunch provided by Heartstrings Hospice.

February 19th from 11:00 – 3:00 pm
GRAND RE-OPEN HOUSE!

Stop by Leeza’s Care Connection to visit the center and see the progress we’ve made since moving back in after the giant oak tree fell on our roof! Take a tour and share some light refreshments among friends!

February 20th from 4:30 – 6:30 pm
GRAND RE-OPENING CELEBRATION!

Falling Forward If you must fall, fall amongst friends! We are celebrating the re-opening of our center since the giant oak tree fell on our roof! Join us for door prizes, tours, a few remarks, light refreshments and a champagne toast with Leeza.

February 22nd from 11:30 – 1:00 pm
LUNCH ‘N LEARN: I Think I Love my Family: A Tale of Family Dynamics

Dr. Macie Smith from the Arnold School of Public Health will help us gain a deeper understanding of how family dynamics play a major role in the quality of care provided to loved ones with chronic illnesses while learning effective ways to overcome challenges. This program is sure to provide clarity on the role of “family” caregiving. Lunch provided. RSVP requested, but is not necessary 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 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
Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 11:30am–1:00pm

This is a group for caregivers who are caring for someone with Parkinson’s Disease.

Caregiver Support Group for Early Stages of Dementia
Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 11:30am–1:00pm

This is a group for caregivers and families adjusting to a new diagnosis of some form 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 this chronic illness.

Grief Support Group
Meets the 2nd & 4th Monday from 1:00 – 2:15pm

Connect with other caregivers who have experienced loss and challenges that living with grief brings.

Keeping the Faith
Meets the 1st & 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 the 1st Wednesday from 11:30 – 1:00pm

This group is for lung cancer survivors and their families. RSVP by calling 803-777-9736.

Art of Coping with Loss
Meets 4th Thursday from 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Dr. Delores Gulledge will teach us to use art as medicine when dealing with loss and grief. No experience required.

WELLNESS & ENERGY PROGRAMS

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!

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 3rd Thursday of each month from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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 February 6th from 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Have fun and relieve stress by learning basic line dancing routines! No experience needed!

Ladies’ Coffee Club
Join us for Ladies Coffee on February 16th at 10:30 am!

Join us as we dish about the week and the latest hot topics in life and caregiving! In October, we will pay homage to all the caregivers and volunteers who have survived breast cancer. All lady caregivers and volunteers welcome! Smiles and laughter guaranteed!

Maintain the Brain!
Meets the 4th Tuesday of each month from 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Did you know you brain has the incredible ability to reshape itself, to adapt and change IF you are willing to stretch it? This is known as NeuroPLASTICity! You don’t have to sign up for a gym. You don’t need hypnotist. You just need the desire to maintain your brain health and 10 minutes a day exercising your brain! Marsha Clayman with Homestead Hospice will teach us everything we need to know about maintaining the brain while having a little fun!

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New & Noteworthy
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Leeza’s Care Connection, a free resource center for caregivers, will reopen the Michael J. and Mary Meech Mungo home, with an open house on Feb. 19 and a celebration on Feb. 20. The center, which opened in July 2016, was destroyed last May when a tree fell on the
Imagine having to spend your first day on a new job with 47 million people across America watching you. Add in tens of millions more viewing you from countries worldwide, and it would be easy to feel a lot of pressure.  Mark Steines and Leeza Gibbons faced just that dilemma
Many of us know Leeza Gibbons as co-host of Entertainment Tonight—a primetime posting she held for nearly two decades. But Gibbons has also hosted her own daytime talk show, written a New YorkTimes bestseller, and taken home top prize on Celebrity Apprentice after raising more than $700,000 for her non-profit,
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