Vol. 3, Issue 2  |  April 2012

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2012 Sponsors:
Presenting Sponsors

AgeWell Institute of Baptist Health

Brooks Rehabilitation

Platinum Sponsor
Brookdale Senior Living
The Caregiver Coalition of Northeast Florida is a partnership between these organizations:

Community Hospice
Alzheimer's Association
Aging True
Mayo Clinic Florida
City of Jacksonville
Upcoming Events


For events where location is listed TBD, please check upcoming editions of the newsletter or website for updates.


Caregiver Expo 2012
Saturday, April 21
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel
225 East Coastline Drive, Downtown Jacksonville
Free admission, exhibitors, keynote speakers, prizes
FMI: Download flier or call 904.407.6146


Living with Alzheimer's: Legal & Financial Planning
With speaker Robert M. Morgan, elder law attorney
Tuesday, April 24
4-6 p.m.
Regency Square Regional Library (Community Rm A)
9900 Regency Square Blvd., Jacksonville
RSVP (required): 800.272.3900


Brain Matters
a conference on memory and aging for providers, families and caregivers
Saturday, June 9, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
UNF University Center
12000 Alumni Drive, on UNF campus
Presented by Mayo Clinic, Alzheimer's Association and UNF
FMI: 800.272.3900 or download flier


Family Caregiving Workshop
Saturday, August 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ramada Inn Mandarin
3130 Hartley Road, Jacksonville
More information & RSVP coming soon


Family Caregiving Workshop (Veterans Focus)
Friday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location TBD
More information & RSVP coming soon


Family Caregiving Workshop
Saturday, October 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location TBD (Jax Beaches/Intracoastal West area)
More information & RSVP coming soon 

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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.

Husband and wife enjoy spring flowers!Welcome to our April Special Edition of Caregiver Connections! Whether this is your first time getting our newsletter, or we're an inbox regular for you, Caregiver Connections is all about you! In each bimonthly issue, we share important news and information especially for Northeast Florida family caregivers. From care tip sheets to webcasts, workshops to support groups, we give you what you need to take better care of yourself and your loved ones.

April's quite a busy time, as we prepare for the first-ever Caregiver Expo on April 21, a dementia and aging conference at UNF on June 9 and more 'Caring for the Caregiver' workshops to carry us through October.

If you know of other caregivers who need this resource, share Caregiver Connections with them! Just click for the "Forward email" link at the bottom of this page. If they like what they see, they'll have a chance to subscribe on their own. And if e-mail isn't an option, they can sign up for a print subscription at the Caregiver Coalition website. Whether you go the online or printed route, it's free! You can't lose.

And remember ... at the end of the day, we do all of this for you. Got an idea for caregiver education or a support group the Coalition can make possible? Simply reply to this email and we'll be all ears.


Caregiver Expo 2012 LogoBe A Part of Caregiving History! Attend First-Ever Caregiver Expo April 21


This time, it's all about you. Caregivers take center stage (and get the spotlight they deserve!) at the first-ever Caregiver Expo, Join us Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel, where you'll find plenty of fun and valuable activities to help your loved ones and yourself. Free health screenings, contests and giveaways, and keynotes by the likes of Gail Sheehy, Jim Concotelli and Carol O'Dell are just part of the day's festivities.


Admission is free! For more information, download our flier, call 904.407.6146 or visit Caregiver Expo is presented by Community Hospice and the Caregiver Coalition, with generous support from the AgeWell Institute of Baptist Health, Brooks Rehabilitation and Brookdale Senior Living. Gail Sheehy's appearance is being made possible through the generous support of The Community Foundation in Jacksonville.


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Respite Care Now Available for Expo Attendees

Short-term respite care is now available on-site at the Hyatt Regency hotel for Caregiver Expo attendees from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Professionals from Brooks Home Care Advantage will staff a room adjacent to the exhibit hall available for care receivers while you attend the expo.


Register your loved one by calling 904.345.8411.


Gail Sheehy Joins First Coast Connect Monday On WJCT


Gail Sheehy

Caregiver Expo 2012 keynote speaker Gail Sheehy will share the airwaves with Community Hospice's Toula Wootan this Monday, April 9 on First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross. The weekday call-in radio program is broadcast at 9 a.m. on WJCT 89.9 FM. Gail and Toula will discuss the needs of caregivers and promote the upcoming Caregiver Expo on April 21 at the Hyatt Regency.

If you can't listen live, go to and click the link to First Coast Connect for an audio archive.

Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle

Brain Matters: Dementia and Aging Conference June 9

Get cutting-edge information on brain health from Mayo Clinic and UNF experts at a daylong caregiving conference Saturday, June 9 at the UNF University Center.

"Brain Matters: Dementia and Aging Conference" will include specialized breakout sessions for family caregivers, healthcare professionals and the community at large. Discussions will focus on prevention, caring for your loved one and caring for yourself throughout the aging spectrum.

The keynote will be Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle, author of "Ten Thousand Joys & Ten Thousand Sorrows: A Couple's Journey Through Alzheimer's." Olivia will share her journey with her husband Hob, who received an Alzheimer's diagnosis at age 72. With inspiring thoughts drawn from psychology and meditation, this presentation will include stories, teachings and positive perspectives that offer a new way to live with the disease.

The conference is hosted by the Alzheimer's Association, Mayo Clinic and UNF. Free in-home respite for residents of Duval County and on-site respite will be available. Registration opens April 15, and early birds who register by May 1 get a discounted rate of $45 (family caregivers and community) or $80 (professionals). Fees increase to $65 and $100, respectively, after May 1. Professionals will be eligible to receive five CEUs.

For more information, download the flier, visit or call 800.272.3900.


Put Your Healthcare Wishes In Writing This National Healthcare Decisions Day

It's important to let our loved ones know our healthcare wishes, especially when we are unable to fully express them on our own. A sudden illness, accident or other unforeseen situation can turn our lives upside down and cast heavy burdens on loved ones who want to do the right thing.

National Healthcare Decisions Day (Monday, April 16) is a great time to put your wishes in writing, and encourage your care receivers and friends to do the same. NHDD is a collaborative effort of national, state and community organizations committed to ensuring that you have the resources to communicate and document your healthcare decisions.

Five WishesCommunity Hospice of Northeast Florida will celebrate NHDD by offering free copies of the "Five Wishes®" living will at area hospitals on April 16. "Five Wishes" lets you record the kind of medical treatment you want or don't want and who can make those decisions for you, along with your own personal, emotional and spiritual wishes.


It also will underwrite an hourlong documentary, "Consider the Conversation," which highlights the value of sharing your wishes before a crisis. Tune in Friday, April 13 at 9 p.m. or Thursday, April 19 at 8 p.m. on WJCT Public Television (Comcast Channels 8 and 440).

Want to learn more? Check out the following resources in Northeast Florida:


News & Public Policy Roundup book stack 


  • The AARP Public Policy Institute has released a new paper, Moving Toward Person- and Family-Centered Care. The paper describes what person- and family-centered care is, and discusses why many experts believe it improves care and quality of life for older adults and for their families. Read the study on the AARP website.
  • The National Alliance for Caregiving has released a study supported by the National MS Society, that reports the reality that physical, mental and financial burdens on family caregivers of people with Multiple Sclerosis are significantly greater than the general family caregiving population. With more support for these family caregivers, more people living with this debilitating disease will be able to remain with their loved ones for a longer period of time. Read the study by going to and scrolling down to the title Multiple Sclerosis Caregivers 2012.
  • USA Today featured a story in its March 25 online edition, "Caring for Elderly Parents Catches Many Unprepared," which steps first-time caregivers through some key priorities when starting care for a loved one, such as establishing advance directives and researching long term care options. Read the story on the newspaper's website.
  • A recent blog post from the online version of the journal The Gerontologist, "Do baby-boomers care?" shares findings from a larger article on what baby boomers expect to do as caregivers. The study was conducted in Canada and shares an interesting perspective from many baby boomer caregivers. Read the post at the journal's website.
  • Paula Spencer Scott, a senior editor at, has written a two-part series on minimizing caregiver stress and maintaining good health. The series focuses on seven at-risk groups most prone to burnout, with the second part of the series focusing exclusively on issues specific to male caregivers. Scott wrote the series as part of a MetLife Foundation Journalists in Aging Fellowship, a project of New America Media and the Gerontological Society of America. Read both parts of the study on the NAM website: Part 1 and Part 2  
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