Vol. 3, Issue 5  |  September-October 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
"Caring for the Veteran's Cargiver" Family Caregiving Workshop

Friday, September 14

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. University of North Florida Student Union  

1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville
Free admission, exhibitors, keynote speakers, prizes

FMI: Download flier or call 904.407.6146



"Caring for the Caregiver" Family Caregiving Workshop

Saturday, October 20
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Palms Presbyterian Church

3410 3rd St S, Jacksonville Beach 32250

Free admission, exhibitors, keynote speakers, prizes

FMI: Call 904.407.6146


Walk to End Alzheimer's 

Saturday, November 3 

9 a.m. check in and registration


10 a.m. opening ceremony and walk begins

Times Union Center, Northbank Riverwalk, Downtown Jax

FMI: Register here or call 904.281.9077

ElderSource: A Night With the Stars

Thursday, November 29

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. reception, exhibits and silent auction
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. dinner and program 

University of North Florida, University Center

Members of the community are encouraged to nominate outstanding caregivers for this award. 

FMI: Click here 



Pink Ribbon Symposium

Saturday, October 6

a.m. to 1p.m.

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in Downtown Jacksonville

Free event open to men and women  

FMI: Visit the website 







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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.


It Takes A Team To Care


The kids have gone back to school and that means cooler weather, busy schedules and one of our nation's favorite pastimes, football! Just like it takes a team effort to score a touchdown, it takes a team of dedicated caregivers working together to support a loved one who needs full-time care.


This issue of Caregiver Connections will explore resources that can add new "players" to your team and tips that can enhance your caregiver playbook.


Enjoy the fall, and this issue of Caregiver Connections! As always, your feedback and story ideas keep us motivated and focused on what YOU need! Simply reply to this e-mail and say hello.


Make Plans To Attend Our Remaining 2012 Workshops! 


 caregivers listening
Caregivers listen to professional speakers on a variety of caregiving topics at Caregiver Expo 2012 in April.
Make plans now to attend our upcoming "Caring for the Caregiver" family caregiving workshops:
  • Friday, September 14 -- Caring for the Veteran's Caregiver Family Caregiving Workshop, UNF Student Union, Jacksonville, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 20 -- Caring for the Caregiver Family Caregiving Workshop, Palms Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville Beach (details coming soon)

For more information or to learn about sponsorship or exhibitor opportunities, call 904.407.6146.


family-caregiversSometimes You Just Need A Little Time Off


Being a caregiver often means constantly giving your time, your energy and your emotional support. It is a selfless job, one that can sometimes become overwhelming.


The City of Jacksonville recognizes that caregivers need some time just to think about themselves. That is why they have created services like the Independent Living Program.


The Independent Living Program provides a variety of services including respite care, volunteer support services and educational/service events.  



Respite care is designed to give caregivers a break for a few hours at a time or a whole weekend. 


In-home respite care offers respite relief to primary caregivers who just need some time off. In addition, in-home respite services are available to people 60 years of age and older who require help remaining in or taking care of their home.


For caregivers who want to get away for the evening or weekend to celebrate a special event or holiday, special day and event respite services are available.  


Group day respite is offered for caregivers of those with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias. These daytime group activities are offered at senior centers throughout Jacksonville and are available in four-or-more hour time blocks.



The Independent Living Program offers a wealth of additional services to assist the busy caregiver. To read more about respite care or other senior service programs from the City of Jacksonville, visit its website. 




City of Jax LogoPartner Spotlight: City
Of Jacksonville Senior Services Division
The City of Jacksonville's Senior Services Division administers community-wide social service programs serving older adults in Jacksonville and Duval County. The division provides services that support successful aging, offer volunteer experiences, enhance safety, increase enjoyment of life and maximize self-sufficiency. Senior Services programs include:
  • Community and senior centers
  • Foster Grandparent Program
  • Homebound seniors and caregivers
  • RSVP (Volunteer opportunities for seniors)
  • Transportation Services
  • Mayor's Special Events for Seniors

For more information about the Senior Services Division or any of the above programs, visit its website.

Caregivers Game Plan The Caregiver's Game Plan Before Disaster Strikes
It's that time of year again when we all have to start making preparations in case of a disaster such as a hurricane. It's hard enough to do when we only have ourselves to worry about, but it can be even more overwhelming for a caregiver.
One of our Caregiver Coalition partners, ElderSource, has put together suggestions to help you prepare now, BEFORE a disaster.
Check out their tips and consider adding them to your caregiver playbook.

Introducing Technology Cornertechnology corner  


According to Dr. Julie Giuliani from Florida State College at Jacksonville, two of the key determinants of life in the early 21st century are demographics and technology. Two of the key trends arising from them are the aging of the population and the increased proliferation and lower price of digital technology.


These two trends are starting to overlap as more and more people are looking to digital technologies to help older people, and those with disabilities, to live more independent and satisfying lives.


You're already using technology to get help as a caregiver (you're reading this newsletter!). Starting in our November-December issue, we'll include a dedicated Technology Corner in every issue. There you'll find information about ways technology can help improve one of the following areas.

  • Quality of Life
  • Health and Wellness
  • Home Automation, Security and Safety
  • Communication and Social Engagement
  • Lifestyle and Learning

Study: 88 Percent Of Caregivers Look Online For Health Information


The Pew Internet Project and the California HealthCare Foundation released a report: "Family Caregivers Online." The report states that the Internet is an integral part of a family caregiver's life.


From the 79 percent of caregivers who have access to the Internet, 88 percent of them look online for health information. Caregivers are also more likely than other Internet users to take advantage of social tools like reading a personal health story online and using sites such as Facebook. The study findings also reveal that caregivers are more likely than other Internet users to read online reviews of drugs, clinicians and medical facilities.


To read more about the study's findings, read the report here.

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