Vol. 4, Issue 2  |  April 2013

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Our Caregiver Coalition 2013 Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:
Platinum Sponsor:
Brooks Rehabilitation 
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
AgeWell Institute of Baptist Health 

Upcoming Events


Caregiver Expo 2013

Saturday, April 20

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel

225 Coastline Drive 

Downtown Jacksonville

FMI: Click here


"Caring for the Caregiver" Family Caregiving Workshop

Saturday, May 18

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ancient City Baptist Church

27 Sevilla Street,

St. Augustine

More info and RSVP coming soon


"Caring for the Caregiver" Family Caregiving Workshop

Saturday, June 15

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Moosehaven City of Contentment

1701 Park Avenue, Orange Park

More information and 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.

It's Springtime ... Look What's Blooming!


April is quite a busy month for the Caregiver Coalition. We are preparing for the second annual Caregiver Expo on April 20 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown, and "Caring for the Caregiver" family caregiving workshops on May 18 in St. Augustine and June 15 in Orange Park.


In this issue you'll find tips on combating caregiving stress, information about the latest assistive tech for caregivers, details on our fast approaching Expo, and free advance directives from Community Hospice of Northeast Florida.


Whether you're a first-time reader or a regular follower, Caregiver Connections is for you and all about you. Please share it with your caregiving friends and colleagues! Visit and click Connect With Us. We also offer a convenient email newsletter option if you want to save a tree.

Caregiver Expo Comes To Hyatt Downtown April 20   


Caregivers like you take center stage (and get all the applause) at Caregiver Expo, Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel.


At this free event, you'll find activities and services to help you provide care, and care for yourself, too. Free health screenings, fun contests and prizes and keynotes from national caregiving experts such as Paula Span, Jim Concotelli and our friends at AARP are just part of the day's plans.


Go to to learn more, or for sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, call 904.407.6137.


Caregiver Expo is presented by Community Hospice and the Caregiver Coalition with generous support from Florida Blue, Brooks Rehabilitation and other community supporters.


Laugh Away Caregiver Stress Today: Here's How

By Toula Wootan


We all know our caregiving role comes with many different types of stress. It is difficult to have your "world turned upside down" to accommodate the needs of another, no matter how much you love them and are committed to taking care of them.


Here's a suggestion to reduce your stress and bring you a sense of refreshment and renewed energy to carry you through the day: laugh more frequently.


That's right, laugh. A good old belly laugh will always make you feel better.


Laughter is a physical, mental and spiritual tonic. Laughter reduces the stress hormone cortisol and increases the "feel good" hormone, endorphin.


Laughter has also been shown to improve your immune system as well as aid digestion.


So, you ask ... what's to laugh at? How about a funny movie or TV show? When was the last time you read Sunday comics?


Learn to laugh at yourself, and the mistakes you make. So you spill the milk all over the table while pouring for your loved one ... laugh at your own clumsiness! Laugh at the ridiculous things you now have to do with your loved one to make life work. let's face it, caring for a loved one can put us in some pretty funny positions!


Toula's radio program, Toula's Tips for Caregivers, can be heard on WBOB 600 AM at 11 a.m. every Saturday.

April 16 Is Nat'l Healthcare Decisions Day
If you became seriously ill and you couldn't make your own decisions or provide care, what would you do? A sudden illness, accident or other unforeseen situation can turn our lives upside down and cast heavy burdens on loved ones.
In honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day, Community Hospice of Northeast Florida encourages you to complete your advance directives using a free booklet called Five Wishes. This living will addresses the kind of medical treatments you want or don't want. It allows you to express your personal. emotional and spiritual wishes.
Email FiveWishes@ or call 904.407.7024 to get your free copy.
Technology Corner: What Is In The Caregiver's Future?
By Dr. Julie Guiliani

Researchers and designers around the country are working on new technology to help our care receivers remain as independent as possible.
  • At MIT's AgeLab, a videoconferencing and touch screen computer collects data about eating and medication habits. These data are then send to the caregiving family's computer, alerting them if their loved one forgot to take her medicine or eat breakfast.
  • In Oregon, Portland's Health and Science University is testing Celia, a robot with a video screen and remote control that can locate Mom or Dad in their house.
  • The Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation and the Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging in Rochester, Minn. are testing special tablets designed to track chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. Patients wear a wireless cuff and have their vital signs monitored and results sent to the tablet. If levels are high, a doctor can use the tablet to have a live chat with the wearer and suggest ways to lower the numbers.
With all the new technology being designed, it gives us hope that those we love can remain independent longer.
Dr. Julie Guiliani recently retired as Executive Dean of Open Campus from Florida State College at Jacksonville. She facilitates a caregiving small group and is writing a book about technology improving quality of life.

Save The Date: 'Caring For The Caregiver' Visits St. Augustine May 18 


Are you a caregiver who needs help but doesn't know where to find it? If so, mark your calendar for Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Ancient City Baptist Church in St. Augustine, for the next "Caring for the Caregiver" family caregiving workshop.


At this free event, you'll hear presentations on important, practical caregiving issues, get information on community resources, meet lots of fellow caregivers, and enjoy a complimentary lunch and a chance to win door prizes.


Admission is free, and we'll post the registration details to soon.


Free Online Health Registry Open To All  


The website is a registry designed to help you find better treatments for health conditions, to inspire you to take control of your health in a new way, and to make it simpler to participate in relevant research. Using fun and simple surveys, you can register, store information and your health, and see how your answers compare with other participants.


You can choose to selectively share information in whatever manner you feel comfortable, and use to connect with the disease advocacy community and other helpful resources. aims to transform the way that medical research is done, and facilitate connections between researchers and potential participants.


To learn more visit

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Each bimonthly issue of Caregiver Connections reaches nearly 10,000 individuals and businesses in Northeast Florida, bringing you valuable tips and important news about family caregiving in our community. Help keep this newsletter available in print and online at no cost, and help us cover design, printing and mailing expenses, by becoming a Caregiver Connections Annual Sponsor!

In return for your sponsorship, you or your organization can gain valuable exposure at Coalition events, on the website, and (of course!) in our email and printed newsletters.
Various sponsorship levels are available to cover costs, along with individual donations. For more information on how you can get involved, contact Toula Wootan at 904.407.6211 or click to view the 2013 Annual Sponsorship Opportunities.
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