Vol. 4, Issue 5 |  September-October 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:




Alzheimer's Association

Aging True

Mayo Clinic Florida

City of Jacksonville




Upcoming Events


"Caring for the Caregiver" Family Caregiving Workshop

Friday, September 6 

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

3495 Hoffman Street

Penney Farms

RSVP at 904.407.6790

Download flier


2013 Flu + You 

Friday, September 6

Williams YMCA

10415 San Jose Boulevard


For more information, call 904.391.6692


"Caring for the Veteran's Caregiver" Family Caregiving Workshop

Friday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Charles M. Neviaser Educational Institute of Community Hospice

4266 Sunbeam Road

Bldg. 100 


RSVP at 904.407.6790

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2013 Walk To End Alzheimer's- Fernandina Beach

Saturday, September 21

Registration 8 a.m.

Ceremony 9 a.m.

Central Park

Fernandina Beach

For more information, visit


Jacksonville Senior Games

Monday, September 30 through October 5

Venues throughout Jacksonville 

Deadline for registration is September 20

For more information, call 904.630.7392 or visit


"Caring for the Caregiver" Family Caregiving Workshop

Saturday, October 19

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Memorial United Methodist Church

601 Centre Street

Fernandina Beach

To RSVP, call 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.


Let Us Help You Remember You During The Fall Frenzy!


It may be hard to believe with the temperatures still sweltering, but the fall season is upon us. That means kids have already headed back to school and schedules have begun to fill up with after-school practices, errands, and so much more. With all the additional activities on top of your caregiver duties, we want you to remember to take time out...for you! 


It's important to love, honor, and value yourself. As a caregiver, you have undertaken a very challenging role. You must remember in the swirl of daily activities and responsibilities to make time for the things you love. 


We also hope you make time to attend one our three (yes three!) "Caring for the Caregiver" workshops to close out 2013. Full details are below. 


Send questions, comments, feedback and story ideas to 



Coalition Partner Spotlight: Community Hospice Of Northeast Florida   

Community Hospice of Northeast Florida is the only locally based, nonprofit hospice provider serving residents of Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties. Each day, 940 employees and 930 volunteers help approximately 1,300 patients and their families live better with advanced illness.


Since its establishment in 1979, Community Hospice has served more than 85,000 patients at home, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, hospitals and six inpatient care centers conveniently located throughout the area. 


The organization is committed to improving the quality of life for patients and their families and to be the compassionate guide for end-of-life care in our community. 


Learn more about the services and support Community Hospice can provide for you or a loved one by calling 904.407.6500 or visiting




Make Plans To Attend Our Remaining 2013 Workshops!


Free "Caring for the Caregiver" family caregiving workshops:

  • Friday, September 6- "Caring for the Caregiver" Family Caregiving Workshop, Penney Retirement Community, Barrows Hall, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Friday, September 20- "Caring for the Veteran's Caregiver" Family Caregiving Workshop, Neviaser Educational Institute of Community Hospice, Jacksonville, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 19-"Caring for the Caregiver" Family Caregiving Workshop, Memorial United Methodist Church, Fernandina Beach, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information or to learn about sponsorship or exhibitor opportunities, call 904.407.7400




Get Help Reviewing Healthcare And Prescription Drug Coverage


By Andrea Spencer

Director of Communications



With the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period quickly approaching (October 15 through December 7), now is a good time for seniors and their caregivers to review current healthcare and prescription drug coverage. ElderSource is a local resource for information and assistance to help you through this important period in Medicare.


The Department of Elder Affairs' SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) program, in partnership with ElderSource, is reminding Florida Medicare beneficiaries to carefully evaluate your healthcare needs and seek assistance as needed to prepare for the Medicare Annual Election Period.


With so many options among Medicare Prescription Drug (Part D) Plans and Medicare Advantage Plans, which vary by location, it is important for seniors to understand what options are available to them. Know that you have a place to turn to get objective help comparing plans.


Specially trained SHINE volunteer counselors provide free, unbiased information and assistance at several locations throughout Duval and St. Johns counties. To make an appointment, call the ElderSource Aging & Disability resource HelpLine toll-free at 888.242.4464 and ask to be connected with a SHINE counselor.  




Protect Yourself Against The Flu This Season By Getting Vaccinated


First Coast News Anchor Ken Amaro rolls up his sleeve to demonstrate the importance of seniors getting vaccinated each flu season. Amaro will once again serve as program emcee for the ElderSource Flu +You event at the Williams YMCA on Sept. 6.

Caring for a loved one is undoubtedly tiring, and regular visits to healthcare facilities and doctors' offices can create a higher probability for caregivers to be exposed to seasonal flu viruses.


ElderSource has joined the National Council on Aging's Flu + You campaign to help educate adults, 65 and older and their caregivers about the seriousness of the flu and the importance of vaccination.


Influenza (commonly known as "the flu") is a serious and potentially life-threatening disease that can cause severe complications. Each year in the United States, about nine out of 10 flu-related deaths and roughly six out of 10 flu-related hospital stays occur in people 65 and older, making flu vaccinated especially crucial for this population.


The good news is that adults in this age group and their caregivers have vaccine options available to help protect against the flu. In addition to the traditional flu vaccine (which helps protect against three strains of the flu virus), there is also a quadrivalent vaccine (which helps protect against four strains), and a higher-dose vaccine that improves the production of antibodies in older patients.


An annual flu shot is a Medicare Part B benefit. The vaccine is covered with no copay for Medicare beneficiaries 65 years of age and older.


Talk to your healthcare provider about the dangers of the flu, the benefits of vaccination, and your best vaccination option. For more information, visit


September 6, 2013


The 2013 Flu+ You event coordinated by ElderSource and the First Coast YMCA is scheduled for Friday, September 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Williams YMCA in Mandarin. Free flu shots will be available from Winn-Dixie, along with a variety of other health-related information. For more information, call 904.391.6692.  




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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.