Our Caregiver Coalition
28th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast
Friday, January 16
8 to 11 a.m.
Prime Osborn Convention Center
1000 Water Street, Downtown
Tickets: $40 per person
Caring for the Caregiver Family Caregiving Conference
Saturday, February 14
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mary L. Singleton Senior Center
150 E. First Street, Springfield
RSVP: Online or call 904.407.6790
To promote awareness
and knowledge of, sensitivity to and support for family caregiving
in Northeast Florida.
All family caregivers will have knowledge of and access to resources that support them and those in their care.
Save The Dates
Thanks for being a vital part of the Caregiver Coalition!
We have some great programs planned for the upcoming year. Please save the following dates for 2015:
"Caring for the Caregiver" Family Caregiving Conferences
Mary L. Singleton Senior Center
150 E. First Street, Jacksonville
Friday, June 19
Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership
4019 Boulevard Center Drive, Jacksonville
Friday, August 21
The Salem Centre
7235 Bonneval Road, Jacksonville
Friday, September 18 ("Caring for the Veteran's Caregiver")
100 Festival Park Avenue, Downtown
Wednesday, October 21
St. Johns County Council on Aging - River House
179 Marine Street, St. Augustine
Fourth Annual Caregiver Expo
Saturday, May 16
University of North Florida
Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive,
Stay tuned for more information!
Get Heart Healthy In The New Year!
The new year is all about new beginnings, which is why February is the perfect month to celebrate American Heart Month. Do you have resolutions for the new year? Getting healthy is a great place to start, and will help you keep your heart healthy as well.
Heart disease is a major health problem for many Americans, especially women. Make sure you are taking care of yourself as well as your loved one ... to be the best caregiver you can be requires you to be as healthy and happy as possible.
The American Heart Association has multiple resources to keep you healthy and informed, including a section just for caregivers, complete with virtual support groups.
Here are some of their tips to keep your risk of heart disease down:
Eat healthy, be healthy
Include as many fruits and vegetables in your diet as possible, and limit salt and sugar. An easy step to take is to switch sugary beverages for water. Also, try substituting white meat for red meat in your dinners; ground chicken and turkey make great substitutes for ground beef in your favorite recipes.
Put your best foot forward ... and keep walking!
Daily exercise is key to keeping your heart healthy, and it can be as simple as walking! Park your car at the back of the parking lot, take the stairs when you can and make sure to take short walks regularly if you spend most of your day at a desk.
Smoking not only limits your life, but impacts the quality of life that you can achieve. Immediately after your quit, your lungs and other organs (including your heart) begin to repair themselves. One year after quitting, your risk of heart disease is reduced by 50 percent! There is hope and help for those who choose to quit smoking. Find resources to help through the American Heart Association, or talk to your doctor.
Caregiving: There's An App For That
According to a new study, more than 40 percent of caregivers in the United States use a digital device as part of their caregiving routine. If you have a smartphone or tablet, try using the following apps to ease your caregiving duties:
Elder 411 (Free for Apple devices)
A general information app that includes over 500 pieces of expert advice are organized into 11 eldercare topics. This app provides solutions to caregiving problems as you encounter them.
Elder 911 (Free for Apple devices)
Similar to Elder 411, Elder 911 includes checklists and information to help you navigate medical emergencies.
Now the wealth of information available on WebMD is available at the touch of a button. Caregivers can search for information on a senior's medications using the Pill ID function. There is also a symptom checker and a section where you can research different medical conditions.
Pain Care (Free for Apple and Android devices)
This app helps you track and manage your loved one's chronic pain. It allows you to list the intensity, location and trigger of the pain, making doctor appointments more productive.
Partner Spotlight: Taylor Residences
The newest partner to join the ranks of the Caregiver Coalition is Taylor Residences.
For more than 40 years, the Taylor Foundation has provided quality housing and services for seniors of moderate-to-low income.
Affordable monthly rents are offered through independent lifestyle apartments, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing centers and inpatient as well as outpatient therapies.
Each facility is staffed with some of the best healthcare professionals Northeast Florida has to offer. Daily activities and amenities make each Taylor facility feel like home.
For more information, visit their website or call 904.636.0313.
Take Home Conversations On Caregiving
Conversations on Caregiving: Love Stories and Timeless Tips is a new book written by Toula Wootan, community development officer for Community Hospice and the leader of the Caregiver Coalition. Filled with frank conversations from her radio show, "Toula's Tips for Caregivers," this book offers words of advice from fellow caregivers.
You can purchase Conversations on Caregiving
for your Kindle e-reader
for $6.99 or in paperback
for $13. Or if you own an Amazon Kindle device, you can borrow it and read for free through the Kindle Owners Lending Library.
Sign On Today As A 2015 Caregiver Coalition Sponsor!
If your organization is committed to strong family caregiving in Northeast Florida, the Caregiver Coalition wants you as a 2015 sponsor! We offer a variety of opportunities to get your products and services in front of thousands of area caregivers, to help them live better.