Our Caregiver Coalition
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
For more information, go to alz.org or call 904.281.9077
Building A Healthier Clay Expo
Saturday, November 10
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Orange Park Mall, concourse outside Sears
1910 Wells Road, Orange Park, FL 32073
Learn more about Clay County healthcare providers and their services and support.
FMI: Click here.
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.
To promote awareness and knowledge of, sensitivity to
and support for family caregiving in Northeast Florida.
All family caregivers will have knowledge of and access to resources that support them and those in their care.
Quality Time Makes the Season Sweeter
The holidays bring with them images of family gatherings, brightly wrapped packages and warm memories. With all of the cooking, shopping and holiday parties on top of your
normal caregiving responsibilities, your schedule can quickly feel overwhelming.
The important thing to remember is that quality time spent with your loved ones is what makes the holidays special.
This season, focus on the little things that make this time of the year so sweet, and remember that YOU are the best gift you can give your loved ones.
Enjoy the holidays, and this issue of Caregiver Connections!
We are planning some exciting things for next year and would love to hear what kind of stories you want to see in future issues. E-mail us your feedback and ideas at
From all of us at the Caregiver Coalition, we wish you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
Partner Spotlight: Alzheimer's Association
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading global voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care and support, and the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research.
The Alzheimer's Association, Central & North Florida Chapter, serves 31 counties with education and support as well as raising funds for research. The Central & North Florida Chapter is one of more than 70 Alzheimer's Association chapters serving communities across the United States.
The chapter provides community education, professional and family caregiver training, caregiver support groups, a 24/7 Helpline, information and referrals, a resource
library, Safe Return - a wanderers' identification program, training for first responders, TrailMatch Clinical Studies Matching Service, and advocacy for public policy issues related to Alzheimer's disease.
Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. For more
information, please call 800.272.3900 or visit them online at alz.org/cnfl.
Tips From Toula: Holiday Stress Relief For Caregivers
For most of us, the holidays are a happy time filled with family, friends and wonderful traditions. However, for those who are caring for a loved one, this season can present new challenges.
Toula Wootan offers a few tips to make the holidays easier for you and your loved ones.
Read Toula's Tips
Toula's radio program, Tips for Caregivers, can be heard on WBOB 600 AM at 11 a.m. every Saturday.
Restore Hope For The Upcoming Season
The holiday season can be challenging if you have recently experienced the loss of a loved one. The pressure to get into the holiday spirit often wrestles with the need to grieve.
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.
Community Hospice of Northeast Florida invites you to attend "Hope for the Holidays." Created for families, friends" and caregivers who have experienced the death of a loved one, this workshop 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" workshops are available at no charge and open to the public.
Reserve your space by calling 904.407.7001. For more information download the flier.
Technology Corner: Mobile Apps
A new application (app) just hitting the market that seeks to help seniors and their caregivers is called VITACARE
This app allows caregivers to maintain communications with their loved one through mobile messages. Other features include a "To Do" list and calendar that can be generated and edited by authorized caregivers. In addition, the app features an address book that contains names, numbers, addresses of important contacts and also their photographs.
Initially released on the Apple® iPhone® and iPad®
Save The Dates For 2013 Coalition Events
Mark your calendar for the first two Caregiver Coalition events in 2013 -- a "Caring for the Caregiver" family caregiving workshop and the second annual Caregiver Expo.
The first "Caring for the Caregiver" workshop of the year will be Saturday, February 9. This free, public workshop will provide a variety of speakers and practical caregiving tips, a complimentary lunch, and chance to win door prizes. Stay tuned to the January-February Caregiver Connections for event location and RSVP information.
Then, on Saturday, April 20, be our guest at the second annual Caregiver Expo 2013, a place for you to "refresh and renew" your caregiving spirit. There you will 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.
Caregiver Expo 2013 will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel, 255 East Coastline Drive in downtown Jacksonville. As with all Caregiver Coalition events, admission is free.
Holiday Traveling Just Got Easier
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has a new toll-free helpline number, 855.787.2227, to provide information for passengers with disabilities and medical conditions and their families before they fly.
They recommend calling 72 hours in advance to learn what to expect at security checkpoints. The TSA will also be able to coordinate your security screening ahead of time when they know about your disability. Enjoy your flight!
AARP Releases Voters' Guide
In an effort to get voters information on candidates' plans for Social Security, Medicare and financial security, AARP has released a voters' guide for Presidential, Senatorial and Congressional candidates.
Entitled "You've Earned a Say: Vote for Retirement Security," the 2012 Voters' Guides feature information in the candidates' own words. Available online, the 2012 guides can be found at earnedasay.org.
Voters who visit the website can enter their address to see responses not only from the presidential candidates, but also from general election candidates in their specific races for seats in the Senate and House of Representatives.
Visitors to the site also will be able to contact the presidential campaigns with their comments or questions.
For more information visit earnedasay.org.
Become A Caregiver Connections Newsletter Sponsor
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 mycaregiverconnection.org 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.