Vol. 4, Issue 1  |  January-March 2013

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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
AgeWell Institute of Baptist Health 

Upcoming Events


Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease- The Basics

Tuesday, January 15

3 to 5 p.m.

Dallas Graham Library

2304 N. Myrtle Avenue

Jacksonville, FL 32209

RSVP at 800.272.3900


Living with Alzheimer's for Early-Stage Caregivers

Thursday, January 17

2 to 4 p.m.

Pablo Creek Library

13295 Beach Boulevard

Jacksonville, FL 32246

RSVP is required, 800.272.3900


Living with Alzheimer's for Middle-Stage Caregivers

Thursday, January 24

2 to 4 p.m.

Pablo Creek Library

13295 Beach Boulevard

Jacksonville, FL 32246

RSVP is required, 800.272.3900


Legislative Forum

Thursday, January 31

303 N. Laura Street

Jacksonville, FL 32202

Thuis forum is designed to allow seniors the chance to discuss pertinent issues with their legislators.

For more information, call 904.630.7392



Living with Alzheimer's for Late-Stage Caregivers

Thursday, Janauary 31

2 to 4 p.m.

Pablo Creek Library

13295 Beach Boulevard

Jacksonville, FL 32246

RSVP is required, 800.272.3900


"Caring for the Caregiver" Family Caregiving Workshop

Saturday, February 2

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Legends Center

5130 Soutel Drive

Jacksonville, FL 32208

RSVP to 904.807.1287

For more event details click here.


Mayor's Walk for Senior Wellness

Sunday, March 3

9 a.m.

Metropolitian Park

1410 Gator Bowl Boulevard

Jacksonville, FL 32202

For more information, call 904.630.7392


Mayor Brown's Fish-A-Thon

Tuesday, March 26

10 a.m.

Hanna Park

500 Wonderwood Drive

Jacksonville, FL 32233

For more information, call 904.630.7392

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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.

The New Year Means New Beginnings


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It's a new year and with it the opportunity for new beginnings.


We want to help you start the year out on the right foot and are planning activities to assist you in your caregiver role.


The first "Caring for the Caregiver" family caregiving workshop for 2013 is scheduled for February 2 at the Legends Center in northwest Jacksonville, and our second annual Caregiver Expo is just around the corner at the Hyatt hotel in downtown Jacksonville. 


You will read more about both events in this issue. As always, we want to hear from you! Email us at

The Caregiver Coalition Welcomes AgeWell Institute! 



Seniors in North Florida now have a comprehensive geriatric care option at Baptist AgeWell Center for Senior Health, which opened this fall. The AgeWell Center, 841 Prudential Drive across the street from Baptist Medical Center Downtown, is led by fellowship-trained geriatrician Marisol Lance, DO.

At Baptist AgeWell Center, the first patient visit is a geriatric assessment -- a comprehensive evaluation of all the physical, psychosocial and environmental factors that can affect the health and wellness of older adults. They assess the whole person's needs rather than focusing on treating a specific medical condition.

Based on the findings of the geriatric assessment, an integrated care plan is developed and a care coordinator, who is a qualified social worker, works with the patient, family, primary care physician and the rest of the multidisciplinary team to implement the plan.

Referrals to AgeWell Center may be made directly by the patient/family or by their physician. To make referrals or learn more about AgeWell Center for Senior Health, please call 904.202.4AGE (4243)


Calling Art Lovers: Mayo Clinic Offers Opportunity For Caregivers To ConnectMayp_alz


Frequently, those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or a related form of dementia may experience a loss in social networks and even feel isolated.

Mayo Clinic is offering a new, free program for primary caregivers and those with mild to moderate dementia. Called "Connect at the Cummer," the program is aimed at enhancing connectedness and offering opportunities to socialize.

The Connect at The Cummer project is a collaboration between the The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and Mayo Clinic's Alzheimer and Memory Disorder Center and Mayo Clinic's  Center for Humanities in Medicine.

Held every second Wednesday at 2 p.m., the 90-minute program provides a small group setting that focuses on various art selections and guided conversation.  Space is limited.  Please call 904.953.6523 for more information or to reserve a spot.

When Do You Need A Geriatrician?
By Dr. Marisol Lance
Dr. Marisol Lance
Doctor Marisol Lance is a geriatrician at the AgeWell Center for Senior Health
at Baptist Health.
Watching an elderly parent decline in health and gradually lose his or her independence is tough on both the caregiver and the parent.
Has your loved one stopped driving or recently handed the checkbook over? Maybe you've noticed memory loss or seen your parent showing signs of depression. It may be time to consult a geriatrician specializing in improving the health of older adults.
Below are answers to key questions about a geriatrician's role:

How will it help?

Geriatric care at Baptist AgeWell Center is designed with the patient's goals in mind, focusing on changes to help seniors do more of what they enjoy. For example, if a patient's goal is playing bridge with her regular group but
incontinence has been stopping her, a pharmacist under direction from the geriatrician may switch the time a patient takes a diuretic to accommodate the game. Seemingly small changes can make huge differences in a person's quality of life.

Are there criteria on who should see a geriatrician?
Yes. Patients should be 65 or older with multiple or complex issues affecting their daily life. Common issues include:
  • Memory loss
  • Decline in function or ability to care for oneself
  • Multiple ER visits or unplanned hospitalizations
  • Multiple prescribed medications
  • Diagnoses of multiple diseases or conditions
  • Compromised caregiver support
How do we get started?
At the first appointment with a geriatrician at Baptist AgeWell Center for Senior Health, there will be a complete geriatric assessment to evaluate the physical, mental, social and environmental factors that affect quality of life for seniors. As the caregiver, you are encouraged to attend and bring medications your loved one is taking. Your care team includes a pharmacist, mental health provider, dietitian, care coordinator and rehabilitation therapists. 

What about our doctor we've seen for years?
Think of a geriatrician as a specialist for issues specific to older adults. It's similar to seeing a cardiologist for a heart condition. A geriatrician helps coordinate a long-range care plan and can work with the primary doctor to manage your loved one's care.
Technology Corner: Apps Offer Respite
By Dr. Julie Guiliani

Clinical TrialsCaregiving stress and burnout is common. That is why it is important to take time for you.  
While daily respite is sometimes a luxury caregivers cannot afford, an unlikely friend - your computer, smartphone or tablet - can help.
As a caregiver for my 93-year-old mother, I try to steal a few minutes each day to relax by playing bridge on my laptop at These bridge escapes are accompanied by the sound of jazz music piped in from Pandora's free e-radio station.
Another one of my app discoveries is Mood Panda. You select a variety of emoticons and track them throughout the week. Each day that I take a 10-15 minute breather I reward myself by uploading a happy face.
As childish as this exercise may seem, by monitoring my personal time each day I am better able to manage my caregiving responsibilities. I also hold myself accountable if I miss time to take care of my own needs. 
As caregivers, we must learn to take care of our needs so we can take care of the needs of our parents or loved ones.
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 Dates For 2013 Coalition Events  


LogoThe first "Caring for the Caregiver" workshop of the year will be Saturday, February 2, at the Legends Center, 5130 Soutel Drive in northwest Jacksonville. This free, public workshop will feature a variety of speakers presenting on topics such as Preservation of Assets, Long-Distance Caregiving, Proper Body Mechanics When Caring for your Loved One and more.


Registration is free. Complimentary respite care is provided on request by Aging True. To RSVP or request respite care call 904.807.1287 by Friday, Jan. 25.

On Saturday, April 20 join us for the second annual Caregiver Expo 2013, a place for you to refresh and renew your caregiver spirit. There you will find more than 100 exhibitors providing information on community services, and helpful tools, along with healthcare screenings, food, prizes and a nationally known keynote speaker.

Caregiver Expo 2013 will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel, 225 East Coastline Drive in downtown Jacksonville. As with all Caregiver Coalition events admission is free. Stay tuned for a special April Caregiver Connections for more event details. 

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