Vol. 5, Issue 2 |  April 2014


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Our Caregiver Coalition

2014 Sponsors:


Presenting Sponsor:



Platinum Sponsor:

  Brooks Rehabilitation





The Caregiver Coalition of Northeast Florida is a partnership between these organizations:




Alzheimer's Association

Aging True

Mayo Clinic Florida

City of Jacksonville

  Brooks Rehabilitation



Area Councils on Aging 


Upcoming Events

Monthly Family Caregiver Series: 

Legal Issues 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Mayo Clinic, Cannaday Building

4500 San Pablo Road,


FMI, call 904.953.6523


"Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's: The Basics" 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Highlands Branch Library

1826 Dunn Avenue,


Presented by the Alzheimer's Association

To register, call 



Wednesday, April 23, 2014

2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Pablo Creek Regional Library

13295 Beach Boulevard, 


Presented by the Alzheimer's Association

To register, call 800.272.3900


Saturday, April 26, 2014

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

University of North Florida
Herbert University Center 

12000 Alumni Drive,



Saturday, June 7, 2014

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Evangel Temple Church of God

5755 Ramona Boulevard,



Saturday, August 2, 2014

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mandarin United Methodist Church

11270 San Jose Boulevard,





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Our Mission:


To promote awareness and knowledge of, sensitivity to and support for family caregiving in Northeast Florida.


 Our Vision:


All family caregivers will have knowledge of and access to resources that support them and those in their care.


Take Care Of Yourself: It's Important!


A 2008 National Alliance for Caregiving/AARP study found that caregivers are at risk for high levels of stress, frustration, anxiety, exhaustion, anger, depression, increased use of alcohol or other substances. They also may exhibit reduced immune response and have poor physical health and other chronic conditions. Many neglect their own care, which may lead to higher mortality rates than non-caregivers.


In other words, if you stop taking care of yourself - by avoiding doctor visits, a healthy diet, regular exercise or recreational activities - you may be at risk for a host of medical conditions.


It doesn't have to be that way.  

Have fun, get pampered and renew your caregiving spirit on one special day, Saturday, April 26, at Caregiver Expo 2014! You'll meet exhibitors with practical advice and services to help you in your caregiving role.

Several will offer no-cost health screenings, door prizes and fun services, too, such as bookstores, spas, travel agencies, gyms and salons. You'll also hear from three nationally recognized caregiver experts who will inspire you. More information on the Expo can be found below. 

We can't wait to see you April 26!



New Partner Spotlight: 

Brooks Rehabilitation


Brooks Rehabilitation has been serving the Southeast for more than 35 years. The Jacksonville-based nonprofit healthcare system includes one of the nation's largest inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, one of the region's largest home healthcare agencies, 26 outpatient clinics, a research division, senior services and multiple community programs.


Brooks served more than 15,000 seniors last year, many with unique healthcare needs. Whether it is gaining physical strength and coordination, increasing mental stimulation or receiving emotional and social support, Brooks is committed to transforming the lives of seniors and their caregivers. One place where that's happening is the Brooks Bartram Park campus, a place where seniors can receive the customized care they need and live life to its fullest.


Brooks is thrilled to be part of the Caregiver Coalition of Northeast Florida and is committed to supporting caregivers of all ages and circumstances. 


Learn more at




Caregiver Expo 2014 


Free, Fun & Focused On You! Don't miss this day for caregivers to refresh, re-engage and get "care for you!"


Every day, Northeast Florida caregivers offer their time, energy and spirit to those they love. On one very special day, we will say, "Thank you!" to our heartfelt heroes at Caregiver Expo.


Join us April 26 and you'll enjoy:

  • Activities to help you refresh your spirits and care for yourself and your loved one       
  • Free health screenings
  • Insightful presentations from nationally-recognized   caregiving experts    
  • Valuable door prizes and giveaways      


OPENING SPEAKER, 10 to 11 a.m. 

The Caregiver is the Heart of Caregiving   

Leisa R. Easom, PhD, RN is the Executive Director of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving and Pope Eminent Scholar at Georgia Southwestern State University. Dr. Easom has been a registered nurse for more than 30 years, devoted to addressing the mental and physical health needs of the older adult population. Certified in gerontology, she focuses her program of research on caregivers, end-of-life issues, aging, and health promotion in rural areas of the United States. She has served as the principal investigator on numerous projects related to aging, caregiving, and nursing with results being published in scientific journals.


KEYNOTE SPEAKER, Noon to 1 p.m. 

7 Ways to Caregiver Wellness  

Sherri Snelling, CEO and founder of the Caregiving Club is a nationally recognized expert on America's 65 million family caregivers. She specializes in helping caregivers balance self-care with caring for a loved one.  She is the author of the book, A Cast of Caregivers: Celebrity Stories to Help You Prepare to Care, providing expert caregiving advice and including interviews of celebrities who have been caregivers.


CLOSING SPEAKER, 2 to 3 p.m. 

Juggling Work and Caregiving 

Amy Goyer serves as AARP's Home & Family expert, where she provides expertise around caregiving, grand parenting, parenting and family issues. An author, speaker, consultant and recognized media authority, Amy has been an advocate for older adults, children and families for more than 30 years at the local, state, national and international levels. She is the author of Juggling Work and Caregiving and Things to Do Now That You're a Grandparent. She has been the primary caregiver for her parents since 2009, handling much of it long-distance. Her 87 year old mother, Patricia, recently died and her father, who has Alzheimer's disease lives with her in Phoenix, Arizona. 


Download the flier or view this brief video to learn more about Caregiver Expo. We look forward to seeing you!




Presenting Sponsor Spotlight: Florida Blue


A special thank you goes to our Presenting Sponsor, Florida Blue. With its generous support we are able to continue our mission to help promote awareness and knowledge of, sensitivity to and support for family caregiving in Northeast Florida.


Florida Blue, Florida's Blue Cross and Blue Shield company, is a leader in Florida's health care industry. Its mission is to help people and communities achieve better health. Florida Blue has approximately four million health care members and serves 15.5 million people in 16 states through its affiliated companies. Florida Blue is a not-for-profit, policyholder-owned, tax-paying mutual company. Headquartered in Jacksonville, it is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. 


For more information, visit




Help Those In Need As A Caregiver Coalition Sponsor


With our Caregiver Expo just around the corner, now is the perfect time to commit to supporting our community caregivers. Coalition sponsorship and support levels can suit any budget. From hosting an exhibitor table at a "Caring for the Caregiver" workshop to signing on as a sponsor at Caregiver Expo, you'll be doing your part to help caregivers find help and hope, and grow your business, too. You can even sponsor an issue of our printed newsletter!


View video about the Caregiver Coalition.

Learn more about these opportunities by contacting Toula Wootan at 904.407.6211, email, or download a brochure.



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