The Caregiver Coalition of Northeast Florida is a partnership between these organizations:
Safety & Security Seminar for Seniors
Tuesday, July 19, 10 a.m.
Jim Fortuna Senior Center
11751 McCormick Road Jacksonville
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Alzheimer's Disease Workshop
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.
Welcome to the July Caregiver Connections, and to our nation's 235th birthday! This month we celebrate our freedoms and liberties as Americans and enjoy special times with family and friends. As caregivers, it's important to make time to cherish these important relationships, and keep in mind all the blessings we truly have.
This month, we give you plenty of great tips to keep your brain running sharp and your energy levels high (especially important in our Florida mid-summer heat!). We also highlight our final two caregiving workshops of the year.
And remember that Caregiver Connections is now available in print, for those who can't easily or frequently access the Web, or those who just like to hold paper! E-mail us with your name, address and daytime phone, or call 904.407.7400, Option 2, and we'll get you on our list.
Happy reading! And as always, stay cool.
Alzheimer's disease and related dementias are not a normal part of aging. Alzheimer's disease is a progressive brain disease that is the most common form of dementia. Learn more about this disease and get help at "The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease" a free workshop presented by the Alzheimer's Association on Tuesday, July 26 at 5:30 p.m. at Elmcroft, 7620 Timberlin Park Blvd.
"The Basics" features information on symptoms and effects of Alzheimer's and other dementias, how Alzheimer's affects the brain, causes and risk factors, confirming an Alzheimer's diagnosis, benefits of early detection, treatment options, support options and more.
RSVPs are required - call 800.272.3900 to reserve your seat. Refreshments will be served.
'Caring For The Caregiver' At Orange Park's Moosehaven August 6
Are you a caregiver who needs help but doesn't know where to find it? If so, help's coming your way on Saturday, Aug. 6 at the next "Caring for the Caregiver" workshop. Join us at Moosehaven in Orange Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There you'll get lots of advice and tips on important, practical caregiving issues you can put to use right away.
You'll also meet lots of fellow caregivers, enjoy a complimentary lunch and a chance to win door prizes. For more information, download this flier. Register by calling 904.407.7033, or to arrange for free home care for your loved one, call 904.284.5977.
Coming up in September: Caring for the Veteran's Caregiver
Caregivers of our military veterans are the focus for a special workshop the Caregiver Coalition and Community Hospice Veterans Partnership will co-host on Friday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Community Hospice in Mandarin.
Stay tuned to our August and September newsletters for more information and RSVP instructions.
Need Respite Care? Online Caregiver Locator Can Help
If you're looking for reliable respite services, check out the Florida Respite Coalition's online respite care Provider Directory. The coalition database is searchable by county, special need, age group and type of care needed. You also can check a box next to the provider listing to send it an inquiry.
Visit floridarespite.org and click "Locate Now" under the Caregiver Locator box.
Healthy Brain Workout Tips!
Contributed by Memory Disorders Clinic
Mayo Clinic in Florida
While many caregivers tend to forget their own health and well-being, it is just as important for you to maintain a healthy lifestyle as it is for the person for whom you are caring.
By following these tips, you'll increase your mental, physical and social health. In fact, human epidemiology and mouse experiments suggest these tips may be associated with a decreased chance of memory loss.
- Mental exercise (e.g., reading, doing puzzles, learning something new)
- Moderate aerobic exercise, 50 minutes, three times per week, such as walking or cycling
- B-complex vitamins (one per day)
- Vitamin C (500 mg per day)
- A handful (1.5 oz ) of nuts daily (e.g., almonds, walnuts)
- Fish three times per week (e.g., salmon, halibut, mackerel)
- Foods with curry spice including curcumin
- Foods high in antioxidants (e.g., grape juice, pomegranate juice, beans, berries, green tea)
- The Mediterranean diet (e.g., vegetables, legumes, fruit, cereal, olive oil, fish, moderate dairy products, wine, low intake of meat and poultry)
- Treating cardiac risk factors such as hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes and being overweight
- Socialization (e.g., frequent time with family and friends)
- Quality sleep (e.g., tell your doctor if you have loud snoring or episodes of stopping breathing or gasping.)
Get more tips on brain health from the professionals at the Memory Disorders Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Florida.
Looking For A Pick-Me-Up? These Tips Can Help
As caregivers, it's very easy (and accurate!) to say we have too much to do and not enough time to do it all. When we try to keep all the proverbial balls in the air, it can bog us down with fatigue. However, some things that make us tired may involve how we approach our daily tasks. They're reflected in what we eat, how we sleep, and how we cope emotionally.
Take a look at these simple, recharging ideas to help you overcome energy thieves and get you back on top of your game. We found these ideas in a feature article by Nancy Rones for WebMD and Redbook.
Energize Your Diet
- Eat breakfast, even if you're not hungry.
- Eat every three to four hours. Three smallish meals and two snacks can maintain blood sugar and energy levels all day long.
- When choosing your mini-meals, include fiber-filled options that add up to the daily recommended 25 to 30 grams of fiber.
- Choose menu options with brain-healthy omega-3s, including fatty fish (such as tuna and salmon), walnuts, and canola oil.
- Stay hydrated by drinking more water and eating foods that naturally contain water, such as yogurt, broccoli, carrots, and juicy fruits.
- Watch caffeine intake after noon. Moderate caffeine intake, the amount found in two to three cups of coffee, can make you more energetic and alert.
Energize Your Spirit
- Splash water on your face or take a shower when you're feeling burned out.
- Suit up in a "power" outfit. When you look in the mirror and see an energizing image of yourself, it helps you beat the blahs.
- Vent your feelings. Discussing negative feelings with a friend vs. keeping them bottled up.
- Listen to music to change a bad mood, decrease tension and increase energy.
- Let go of grudges. Adopt the stress-relieving mantra, "Forgiveness makes me a happier and stronger person."
- Take belly breaths, breathing in and out like filling and slowly deflating a balloon.
- De-clutter a corner. Clutter can make you feel overwhelmed, especially when you're already feeling stressed or down.
- Do good works for others. Acts of altruism can lend a little pep to your step.
Get a Restorative Rest
- Cut back on TV and computer time after 8 p.m. The bright light from TVs and computers can make falling asleep at a decent hour even harder.
- Hide your alarm clock. Avoid clock-watching to see how long it takes you to fall asleep. And if you can't fall asleep, or if you wake up and can't get back to sleep within about 15 minutes, get out of bed and do something relaxing that will help clear your head.
- Give pets sleeping space of their own.
- Lower the thermostat for cool comfort, with room for a light blanket.
- Skip the nightcap by avoiding alcohol within two to three hours of bedtime.
- Get adequate exercise.
- Write down your worries and do some mental problem-solving before sleep, or save your list and resolve to brainstorm ideas during your morning shower or drive time to work.
Adapted from a 2007 article published on WebMD