Vol. 6, Issue 3  |  June-August 2015

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2015 Sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors
Brooks Rehabilitation
The Caregiver Coalition
of Northeast Florida is a partnership
between these organizations:

Aging True
Alzheimer's Association
Brooks Rehabilitation ElderSource

City of Jacksonville
Mayo Clinic Florida

Area Councils on Aging

Upcoming Events   


Paddleboard Yoga
Saturday, July 18, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Black Creek Outfitters
11051 Skinner Lake Drive
For more information and to register: 904.265.1775
or FirstCoastYMCA.org


"Caring for the Veteran's Caregiver" Conference
Friday, September 18
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WJCT Studios
100 Festival Park Ave.
RSVP: 904.407.6790
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"Caring for the Caregiver" Conference
Wednesday, October 21
5:30 to 8 p.m.
St. Johns County Council on Aging - River House
179 Marine St.
St. Augustine
RSVP: 904.407.6790


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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.
In This Issue:
August Caregiver Conference Canceled
Please note that the "Caring for the Caregiver" conference originally scheduled for Friday, August 21 at the Salem Centre has been canceled. Our next conference will be our annual veterans-focused program on Friday, Sept. 18 at WJCT Studios in downtown Jacksonville. Find more details in the Upcoming Events section below.

working-caregiverCaregiver Expo, A Huge Success

 Caregivers give so much of their time, energy and spirit to help loved ones live better. On May 16, Community Hospice of Northeast Florida and the Caregiver Coalition of Northeast Florida gave back to local caregivers with a day of pampering, prizes and lots of learning and fun at the fourth annual Caregiver Expo. "It felt good to have time to myself and meet other caregivers," said one of the attendees. "Thank you for doing this every year for us, it's nice to have a place where I feel cared for and appreciated." 

More than 500 people, including caregivers, guests, sponsors and exhibitors attended the expo in the Herbert University Center at the University of North Florida to refresh the spirit. Attendees visited with 85 community exhibitors about products and services for caregivers, enjoyed complimentary hair care, massages, on-site respite care and vital health screenings. They also enjoyed live, upbeat music by Bernie Katzman and listened to presentations from two nationally recognized caregiving experts. 

Caregiver Expo 2015 - blood pressure "This year's expo was one of the most entertaining, fun and informative yet," said one of the exhibitors. "A venue focused on providing caregivers with information they need along with good food, entertainment and massages to make them smile. Thank you for pulling it all together."

Caregiver Expo 2015 was made possible through the generous support of AARP (presenting sponsor), AgeWell Institute of Baptist Health, Brooks Rehabilitation and Taylor Residences (platinum sponsors), WJCT Public Broadcasting (media sponsor) and other sponsors.

Thank you to all of our attendees, partners, volunteers, sponsors and exhibitors for making this year's Caregiver Expo a success! 

To learn more about caregiver support programs and workshops, visit MyCaregiverConnection.org

Toula Wootan Toula's Tips: When An Aging Parent Has To Go To The Hospital


Going to the hospital is something we all try to avoid; it can be scary, and is oftentimes like entering another world. No matter what the reason for the trip, here are some ways to make it less stressful for them, and for you.

If possible, avoid the emergency department, unless a
true emergency is at hand. However, if your loved one
has seen the doctor recently, and you can call them with
concerns, they often will be able to "work them in" for
an office visit and can arrange a direct admission to the
hospital. You may save yourself and your loved one
hours of waiting on a stretcher in an emergency room.

Here is a list of items to bring to the hospital when an
admission occurs:
  • Insurance cards;
  • A list of their medicines, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs;
  • Nightclothes, bathrobe and sturdy slippers; and
  • A list of the names and telephone numbers of family members to contact in an emergency
Since I worked as a hospital discharge planner for
years, I know the critical role they play as a liaison
between you and your loved one's physician. Ask for
a social services consult. Let them help you find the right plan for your loved one upon discharge and
connect you to community resources for assistance.
They are a great asset for you!

Another important consideration is to have someone
with your loved at all times, if possible. Hospitals are
busy places and can be short staffed at times. Your loved
one will need someone to monitor what's going on and
advocate for them, especially if they have dementia.
If family can't cover this and you can afford it, I encourage you to hire an aide from a home health agency.

Lastly, make sure someone goes over the discharge
plans with you and that you understand the directions.
Ask questions about follow-up appointments with the
doctor and new medications. Be sure someone takes
the time to go through this with you before you go
home. It will help you understand what you can do
to support and care for your loved one.

Toula's weekly radio call-in program, "Toula's Tips for Caregivers," airs Saturdays at 11 a.m. on WBOB, AM 600 in Jacksonville, or streaming live from your browser at WBOBRadio.com. Call in at 904.222.TALK (8255).
partner-spotlightPartner Spotlight: The Y 

 As a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y was created in response to social challenges and remains to this day a lifeline in communities and families around the world.

The Y understands that being a caregiver can be an overwhelming responsibility. That's why the Y has created programs and services like Daystar (rehabilitation for adults with disabilities), Stroke Wellness and MS Wellness, to help you and your loved ones.


Participants and their families benefit from the use of Y facilities as well as interactions with members, volunteers and guests. The goal is to help your loved ones reach their full potential while helping you reduce stress, improve your ability to work outside the home and achieve life balance. 


The Y continues to build on programs to serve the needs of caregivers. Plans are under way to work with professional caregiver organizations on special memberships along with caregiver support groups.

For more information on the Y's programs and services,
visit FirstCoastYMCA.org or call 904.265.1775.

white-houseWhite House Conference
White House Conference On Aging

 An important national event took place earlier this week in Washington, D.C., the White House Conference on Aging, (WHCoA). This year marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security.

Regional forums have taken place for the last several months so that Americans from all areas have the chance to give input on four issues WHCoA focused on. These four critical areas are: 

  • Long-term services and support: how can we better support caregivers, improve services, provide access to information and services and finance these long-term services and support?
  • Retirement security, including protecting and strengthening Social Security
  • Healthy aging: what can we do to ensure optimal health physically, mentally, socially as we age?
  • Elder justice: how can we protect older Americans from financial exploitation, abuse and neglect?

You can go to the website to see a recap of conference highlights and useful links to share your thoughts. Visit WhiteHouseConferenceOnAging.gov.

managing-heatTips On Managing The Heat Of Summer

Adapted from our friends at the St. Johns County Council on Aging

Warmer weather is here at last!
Did you know that the rising temperatures and increase in
activity levels can cause our bodies to lose water almost
before we are aware of it? Dehydration can be a major
cause of concern for older adults; by the time he/she is
thirsty, the effects of dehydration could be setting in.

Risk factors that contribute to dehydration in older
adults include:

  • The mechanism that triggers the 'thirst response' tends to be less effective as we age
  • Many older adults limit their fluid intake to reduce the number of trips to the bathroom
  • Common medication prescribed for the older population can often increase urine output,
  • contributing to loss of fluids

A few warning signs of dehydration:

  • Dry mouth and eyes
  • Darkened urine
  • Cramps in limbs
  • Feeling cranky, tired or dizzy

Tips for increasing fluid intake:

  • Drink at least five 8-ounce glasses of water every day
  • Keep water nearby at all times
  • Avoid alcohol and limit caffeine
  • Call a health practitioner if you suspect you or a loved one might be dehydrated

From our friends at Bartram Lakes - Brooks Assisted Living and Memory Care

  • Add watermelon cubes and concord grapes to a pitcher of ice water to infuse flavor and antioxidants into every sip
  • Add slices of fresh pineapple to a pitcher of ice water to enhance it with a photolytic enzyme bromeliad, which helps in the digestion of protein and prevention of blood clots
  • Fresh sliced strawberries added to ice water will offer a dose of vitamin C, phytonutrients and antioxidants
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