Vol. 4, Issue 3  |  May-June 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


Senior Expo

May 15 and 16

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Prime Osborn Convention Center

1000 Water Street, Jacksonville

Free admission and free parking 


"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

RSVP: 904.407.6790


Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer's 

Thursday, May 23, 3 to 4 p.m.

Jacksonville Public Library-Pablo Creek Regional Branch

13295 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville

RSVP at 800.272.3900


"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

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.


You Never Stop Caring, And We Don't Either!


Whether we're talking about the weather or the Caregiver Coalition events calendar, things sure seem to be heating up these days around Northeast Florida!


Did you make it to Caregiver Expo? When more than 100 exhibitors, excellent speakers and caregivers from across Northeast Florida come together on one day, beautiful and magical things can happen. 


Please share with us your thoughts about this year's Expo. Email us at And stay tuned for details about the Third Annual Caregiver Expo in 2014!


In this issue, you'll learn about personal care for Alzheimer's patients, helpful smart device apps for any caregiver, our upcoming workshops and much more! 



Coalition Partner Spotlight: Aging True   


Aging True is a nonprofit, charitable organization enabling home-based senior independence in Northeast Florida. We have served hundreds of thousands of seniors, their families and the community in our five decades of operation. 


Through the services our professionals developed and administer, we provide seniors with the care and assistance they need to live independently. Our health, nutritional and financial care programs are designed specifically to serve and educate the frail elderly and disabled in our region. Our mission is to provide essential and innovative services and care for individuals, families and communities throughout Northeast Florida to prepare for an support graceful aging.


Aging True services reach more than 6,000 Northeast Florida seniors each year. Our dedicated focus on the needs of seniors is steadfast. As the number of seniors in need continues to grow, our programs and services become even more vital.  


If you or a senior you know needs help. please contact our customer relations department at 904.807.1203 or visit




Personal Care And Alzheimer's Disease

By Stephania Sykes-Burns 

Program Coordinator 

Alzheimer's Association, Central and North Florida Chapter


People with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia slowly become less able to care for themselves, and eventually caregivers oversee all personal care. Loss of Independence and privacy can be difficult for the person with dementia. Caregivers must be aware of the person's reactions abilities and fears to provide daily care. Bathing often can be the most difficult activity facing caregivers. The tips in this article will help make bathing less of a battle. 






'Caring For The Caregiver' Workshops Visit St. Augustine, Orange Park


Find help and hope for you and your loved one at the next "Caring for the Caregiver" family caregiving workshops, which visit St. Augustine and Orange Park in May and June. 


At these free events, you'll hear presentations on important, practical caregiving issues, get information on community resources, meet other fellow caregivers and enjoy a free lunch and a chance to win door prizes.


The St. Augustine workshop will be Saturday, May 18, at Ancient City Baptist Church, 27 Sevilla Street. On Saturday, June 15, the workshop visits Moosehaven, 1701 Park Avenue (U.S. Hwy 17) in Orange Park. Workshops are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free.


To RSVP or to inquire about respite services for your loved one for either workshop, call 904.407.6790.




Technology Corner: An Apple A Day Helps Keep The Doctor Away!

By Dr. Julie Guiliani


You can learn a lot at the Apple Store. While you'll find many eye-catching products, you'll find the most valuable resources on the shelves. Three items in particular may interest anyone caring for a loved one with challenging health issues:


The iHealth Wireless Blood Pressure Wrist Monitor makes blood pressure checks easy with the use of a small wrist cuff. The monitor sends vitals wirelessly via Bluetooth to an iHealth app, which care teams can access on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.


A similar wearable device, the iBGStar Diabetes Manager App, helps users analyze glucose patterns over time. It tracks eating and other activities that may influence changes to blood levels. 


The Smart Baby Monitor lets you monitor home activity on your iPhone.Think how this gadget might also monitor an elder parent in your home. No more worries if Mom or Dad fall while you are busy in another room.


These wearable monitors, computers, iPhones, iPads and more than 500,000 health-related smart-device apps are powerful tools that support a healthier and more independent quality of life. Just visit an Apple Store and find out!


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.




Four Simple Steps


Regular care of your mind and body can make a big difference in how you deal with everyday life and the challenges it brings. Good self-care may take time, but you will feel better and be more successful in your caregiver role. 


In honor of May being National Mental Health Month, Mental Health America offers these suggestions on how to be the best "you" you can be!








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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.
Get on board for 2013 and learn about 2014 opportunities by contacting Toula Wootan at 904.407.6211, or visit and click the Get Involved tab to download a sponsor opportunities brochure.