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).


November 4, from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Caregiver Conference: Keeping Love Alive as Memories Fade
The Caregiver Coalition of the Midlands is holding its FREE annual caregiver conference at the EdVenture Museum, 211 Gervais St., Columbia. Dr. Edward G. Shaw, author of Keeping Memories Alive as Memories Fade, is the scheduled speaker. Lunch is provided. To register for this event or receive more information, please contact the Caregiver Coalition’s CARE-LINE at (803)744-8615.

November 8th from 12:00 -1:30 pm
LUNCH ‘N LEARN: I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can!!
One of the biggest frustrations for caregivers is having too much to do, having too many decisions to make and feeling like we do not have enough time or energy to do it. Of course, having “not enough time” is just a feeling. We all have the same amount of time but our container, our 24-hour day, often gets filled with things beyond our control which can lead to feeling overwhelmed. Join us with caregiving expert and trainer, Bonnie Bonomo, and learn a 2-step process to help you deal with “too much to do, not enough time.” Lunch provided by Always Best Care. RSVP is requested, but is not required to attend.

November 10th from 11:00 – 12:00 pm
Veteran’s Brunch
Show your appreciation for our Veterans! Join us in celebration as we salute those who have bravely served our country. All Veterans welcome! Brunch provided by Amy Masincupp State Farm Agency.

November 14th from 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Pie Party and Sing-A-Long!
Join us in honor of National Caregiver Appreciation Month for some old-fashioned pie and sing-a-long! Suzanne Ringer, with All Seasons Hospice will lead us in song as we learn the benefits of singing.

November 15th from 12:00 – 1:30 pm
LUNCH ‘N LEARN: Deck the Halls, NOT Your Family!
Don’t the let holidays turn you into a Scrooge! Johnsie Douglas from Three Rivers Behavioral Health will share 10 tips for the mastering the holidays that will help make YOUR holidays merrier! Tips will
include practical advice about decorations, gifts that are appropriate, gift wrapping, expectations, and setting boundaries with visiting families and friends. Handouts will also be provided.
Lunch provided by Three Rivers Behavioral Health. RSVP is requested, but is not required to attend.

November 30th from 12:00 -1:30 pm
Larry Slaughter from Liberty Tax will answer your questions and discuss 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. Lunch provided by Liberty Tax. RSVP is requested, but is not required to attend.


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
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 Friday, November 17th from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
This group is for lung cancer survivors and their families. RSVP by calling 803-777-9736.


Sit ‘n Stitch
Meets every Wednesday of each month from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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!

Arts and Crafts: Make EASY Holiday Cards
Meets Nov. 29th from 2:00 – 3:30 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 Friday of the month at 9:30 am
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 10:30 – 11:30 am
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 the 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Have fun and relieve stress by learning basic line dancing routines! No experience needed!

Mindful Movement
Meets November 9th and 30th from 10:30 – 11:30 am
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
Meets November 17th from 10:30 – 11:30 am
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.



New & Noteworthy
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eCareDiary spoke to Leeza Gibbons, Emmy-award winner, social entrepreneur and founder of Leeza’s Care Connection about tips to tackle caregiver burnout and creating a balance between family, work and caregiving.    
We must educate our students to participate.  For students to be most effective in civic engagement, they must first learn about the issues from the experts. Teens can then plan effectively to address real-world problems facing our communities.  ACTION uses our combined lunch and homeroom hour for Lunch & Learn
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