Vol. 2, Issue 10  |  November-December 2011

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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

A Night with the Stars

Tuesday, November 29
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Jacksonville Marriott Southpoint

4670 Salisbury Road, Jacksonville

Tickets $50

FMI: 904.391.6617


Hope for the Holidays

Saturday, December 3 workshops

RSVP: 904.407.6355


11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Dr. Gaston J. Acosta-Rua Center for Caring of Community Hospice

5450 Ramona Boulevard, Jacksonville

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Anne and Donald McGraw Center for Caring of Community Hospice

4715 Worrall Way, Jacksonville (on Mayo Clinic campus)

1 - 2:30 p.m.

Flagler Hospital, Matanzas Room

400 Health Park Boulevard, St. Augustine (on Flagler Hospital campus)


Hope for the Holidays

Monday, December 5

6:30 - 8 p.m.

Charles M. Neviaser Educational Institute of Community Hospice

4266 Sunbeam Road, Building 100, Jacksonville


Hope for the Holidays

Tuesday, December 6

6:30 - 8 p.m.

Clay County Administrative Office of Community Hospice

728 Blanding Boulevard, Suite 1, Orange Park

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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.

Gift BoxWelcome to your holiday edition of Caregiver Connections! By now many of you might have finished up grocery shopping for Thanksgiving dinner, or you might be waiting for out-of-town relatives to arrive.


Even if you feel like you're running behind and there's still so much to do, remember that Thanksgiving is a time to stop (yes, and put down the pencil and to-do list!) and give thanks for all of the blessings we receive and share. Know that YOU are a blessing for the loved one to whom you provide care, even if he or she can't express that to you. Spending quality time with your loved ones always beats out providing the perfect table, or scrubbing the floors to spotlessness. Please keep that in mind for tomorrow's celebrations, and tonight's preparations!


Thanks to everyone who attended our final "Caring for the Caregiver" workshop this year, last Friday at the Jewish Community Alliance. Our 2012 schedule kicks off February 25 at the Legends Community Center on Soutel Drive in Jacksonville. We'll offer more information on this workshop, and our inaugural Caregiver Expo on April 21, below.


Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving and holiday season to come. We're here and all ears should you need us.

Hope for the Holidays
Find Healing At 'Hope For The Holidays' Grief Workshops  


The festive holiday season can be challenging for those experiencing the death of a loved one. It makes no difference whether the death took place last week or several months ago. A loss can be felt more acutely at this time.


Hope for the Holidays is a workshop for families, friends and caregivers who have experienced the death of a loved one. Community Hospice of Northeast Florida bereavement counselors will help attendees reflect on their loss, cope with grief reactions and restore a sense of hope for the upcoming season.


Hope for the Holidays dates, times and locations are listed in the Upcoming Events section at left. Registration is free and open to the public. RSVP by calling 904.407.6355.


Heather Johnson, Mayo ClinicSave The Date For Winter And Spring Caregiver Events


Mark your calendar now for the first two Caregiver Coalition events in 2012 - a Caring for the Caregiver workshop and the inaugural Caregiver Expo. For more information on these events or to inquire about sponsor or exhibitor opportunities, contact Toula Wootan at 904.407.6211.


The first Caring for the Caregiver workshop of the year will be Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Legends Community Center, 5130 Soutel Drive in northwest Jacksonville. This free, public workshop will provide a variety of speakers and practical caregiving tips, a complimentary lunch, and the chance to win door prizes. Stay tuned to Caregiver Connections for RSVP and adult care information.


Then on Saturday, April 21, be our guest at the inaugural Caregiver Expo, a place for you to "refresh and renew" your caregiving spirit. There you'll find nearly 100 exhibitors providing information on community services, giveaways and helpful tools, along with healthcare screenings, food, prizes and a nationally known keynote speaker. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, 225 East Coastline Drive in downtown Jacksonville. As with all Caregiver Coalition events, admission is free.

Caregiving Stars Shine At ElderSource Celebration Nov. 29 


Friends of ElderSourceLocal caregivers of elders and their advocates will have their own time to shine at the "A Night with the Stars" awards program on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at the Marriott Southpoint.


This signature program, hosted by Friends of ElderSource, will feature Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown as keynote speaker, and Delores Barr Weaver will be recognized for her compassion for elders. Awards will be presented for excellence in Family Caregiver, Professional Caregiver and Media categories.


The reception and auction will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30. Tickets are available for $50. For more information, download the flier, call 904.391.6617 or visit


Go Ahead. Honor Yourself. It's November!


National Family Caregivers MonthWhen November arrived, did you feel any different? More noticed, maybe? More appreciated? More applauded? After all November is your month, or so it's said. November happens to be the official, presidentially decreed National Family Caregiver's Month, and (according to the National Association for Longterm Care Insurance) Long Term Care Awareness Month. And if you're a dementia caregiver, it's the Triple Crown of accolades, because it's also National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.


Such designations are useful in the sense that everything that raises the profile on a national problem lifts all caregivers' boats eventually. Too bad every caregiver in America can't also be bestowed an individual Oscar-style statuette, a big night out, and a swag bag full of fancy treats.


Heck, even a thank you and a bunch of grocery-store flowers don't come at you as often as you deserve. For the most part, feeling honored and rewarded for a caregiver has to come from within.'s Paula Spencer Scott has some simple ways you can honor yourself. Check out the full article at that website. And start feeling honored!


'Go Ahead. Honor Yourself' originally appeared on (c) 2011 and is being reprinted here with permission.

Know How To Ask For Caregiving Help At The Holiday Table


Man eating dinner at tableOne of the most important caregiving "best practices" is to know when and how to ask for help. Too often family caregivers endure needless stress, fatigue, and anxiety simply because they don't know how, or don't want to, ask for help from friends and family.


In's "Home for the Holidays Audio Series for Family Caregivers," Gail Hunt explains how to appropriately use holiday gatherings like this Thanksgiving as spaces to ask for and get this often much-needed support. Gail's free advice is available online.


The Audio Series features brief, engaging, and useful interviews with Gail and 8 other leading caregiving and geriatrics experts, speaking on the most important considerations for adult children and family members visiting their older adult loved ones this holiday season.


Seniors on a ComputerNew Online Resource Guide Caregivers Through Continuum Of Care


  • A new website,, provides families with information and tools to make it easier for them to manage in-home care for their aging or sick relatives. This user-friendly website provides online resources and tools to help families determine the type of care their loved ones need, connects them with qualified senior care agencies in their local community and helps them manage their home care remotely and cost-effectively.
  • recently launched a comprehensive Senior Care Guide, which reviews the different types of care seniors may need as they age, from combining care with independent living to being dependent on care toward end-of-life. Questions guide the caregiver throughout this document so that an assessment can be made regarding their loved one's needs. It is available as a PDF file at this link.
  • Health care reform offers new, meaningful supports to assist family and friends in their caregiving role. A new fact sheet, published by the AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI), highlights selected provisions in the Affordable Care Act that address caregivers in health care and in long-term services and supports. Access the PPI website and Fact Sheet at this link.

Give The Gift Of Quality Time With Community Hospice Care


Give the gift of quality time with Community Hospice of Northeast FloridaFor most of us, the holiday season means special times and cherished memories with loved ones. If you or a loved one is living with advanced illness, now is the best time to find greater comfort and peace of mind with the care and support of Community Hospice of Northeast Florida at your side.


Community Hospice's supportive care helps families find more quality time, to enjoy longtime holiday traditions and make memories that last. Care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans, and it is provided to all who need it regardless of ability to pay.


Learn more about Community Hospice by asking your doctor, by calling 904.407.6500 for a referral or no-obligation information visit, or by visiting 


Learn About Care, Over The Air, With Toula's Tips For Caregivers


Get your weekly fix of caregiving tips and words of encouragement to care for yourself and your loved one by dialing into Toula's Tips for Caregivers. This weekly radio program airs Saturdays at 11 a.m. on AM 600 WBOB radio. Toula Wootan features local and national speakers and offers you the chance to call in and discuss the caregiver issues on your mind!


Learn more about the program by downloading this flier or by visiting 
Caregiver Coalition Partner Has New Name & Look

Aging True LogoCathedral Foundation of Jacksonville Inc., a non-profit organization enabling home-based senior independence in Northeast Florida, and its service division, Urban Jacksonville Inc., have a new name, brand image and website - Aging True.


"Aging gracefully and with dignity is what every person deserves. For nearly 50 years our programs and services have helped seniors do just that by enabling them to stay in their homes longer. However, the names of our non-profits did not reflect this mission," explained Teresa Barton, executive director of Aging True. "Our new name, Aging True, really speaks to our support and celebration of independent, graceful aging."


In addition to the name, the Aging True branding effort includes a new logo, brochures about the organization's key programs, and an easy-to-navigate website --

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