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 CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUPS,

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

People touched by this disease or other related memory disorders come together in a non-judgmental, safe environment to discuss frustrations
and share coping techniques.

Debbie Selsavage is the Support Group Leader.  For more information call: 

352-422-3663 or Email: deb@coping.today

Crystal River Library, 8619 W. Crystal Street

January 10th at 1:30 pm

Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1100 W. Highland Blvd.

January 18th at 1:30 pm

Please visit my website at www.coping.today for more helpful information.

Support Groups are one of the ways to know that you are not alone.
You may even have a smile when you leave.  Stop by. We would love to meet you, and you just may meet a new friend. 
You do not have to try to manage this alone.

Hope to see you there!!! 

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ELDER OPTIONS SAVVY CAREGIVER TRAINING IS BACK FOR 2017

The schedule is out for 2017 Savvy Caregiving training.  Elder Option offers training in many locations. Please view the schedule for a class near you.

If you are a caregiver to a person with Alzheimer's and dementia, you should not cannot miss out on this much needed information and techniques to manage your task.

Class size is limited, so if you find one in your area do not hesitate call and reserve your seat.

For more information or to reserve a seat call: Tom Rinkoski Caregiver Coach 352-692-5226. Here is the link to website http://www.agingresources.org/savvy-caregiver-for-families/, for registration forms, times and locations.

Thank you Tom for all that you do.

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Respite Grants!!!!

I come across many people that need a break from their dementia care tasks, but may not have the funds to make that happen.  Or maybe they just do not know where to start to find respite.  Well, we have to start somewhere and you will need assistance to manage your journey.

While reading the Citrus County Chronicle this past week, I saw an article  about a charitable organization that is providing grants for caregivers in need of respite.

These grants can provide financial assistance for up to a year of respite of 15 to 25 hours a week.

Hilarity for Charity is the organization that is making this happen for families caring for a person living with Alzheimer's and dementia. The home health company Home Instead is also involved, and their caregivers have dementia training.

All you have to do is apply for the grant online. Please do not delay. They may award you a grant for much needed care for you and your loved one.

Go to   http://www.helpforalzheimersfamilies.com/wp-content/plugins/hfc-grant-application-v2/public/#/intro  to apply online and read more about this wonderful program.

Please share this with others who may need financial support for respite care.

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Feature of the Month

Coping with Dementia LLC provides a range of free and fee-based services.  These include Dementia-Friendly Business training, ABC of Dementia workshops for families and caregivers, the 3C's of person-centered compassionate care for professional caregivers, one-on-one guidance and counseling, free Caregiver Support Groups, and speaking engagements for all types of organizations. 

This month we are highlighting One - on - One guidance

I am always honored when I get a call for counseling or guidance from a family. There are many who feel comfortable attending a support group with other caregivers, but there are those for whom the utter thought of walking through the doors and attending a support group with strangers is paralyzing. 

For personalized one-on-one confidential guidance and counseling, I can come come to you at your location and at your convenience.  We can address your questions, address your care giving concerns, and provide you with resources that will make your task easier. These and other questions can be answered and your choices can be narrowed down to meets your loved ones needs.

Most of us become overwhelmed with choices in our care-giving task, and we find ourselves procrastinating,  Delay will only make your situation worse when caring for a person living with Alzheimer's and dementia.

This is a disease that requires you, as a caregiver, to be proactive, adaptable, and aggressive in seeking answers to the many questions that you will face, sooner rather than later.

Workshops and support groups can help you get the answers you need, but one-on-one counseling can address you and you only.

Please call Debbie if you have any questions at 352-422-3663.                         Or e-mail Debbie at deb@coping.today.  

Remember: "We all deserve the best" -- that also includes you the caregiver.

Call now!!!!

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Caregiver Learning Day Presented by

The Alzheimer's Family Organization

 The Alzheimer's Family Organization has several Caregiver Learning Days in their service area.

They are very informative, have good speakers, informational sponsors/vendors, and lunch is provided.  I am sure you will leave with much more than you walked in with. Caregiving is very difficult for a person living with Alzheimer's and dementia, and you can never have too much information about the disease.  You can never have too many resources, and you can never have too much support.

Senior Helpers will also be there with their Mobile Virtual Dementia Tour.   

The Alzheimer's Family Organization provides all of this and more. We are there for you.  That is why FAMILY is our middle name.

Please do not hesitate to call 352-616-0170 to reserve your seat for this upcoming Caregiver Learning day.

I look forward to meeting you. It is my pleasure and honor to be a member of this organization for many years and a Board members for the past 2 years.

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We Walk Because We Can

The Alzheimer's Family Organization Support Walk is a fun event where you can show your support for people living with Alzheimer's and dementia, and those that have passed from the disease.  

The funds for programs and services that we provide to caregivers are raised through events like this.  We need your help to continue to provide the much needed support for the caregivers and persons living with the disease.

There will be vendors, raffles for some great gift basket, 50/50 chance tickets, and much more.

Call 352-616-0170 for more information about the event, enter a team or to become a sponsor of this great event. 

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INFORMATION

Programs and Resources that I do not want you to forget. 

Scent Kits are still available to caregivers for loved ones with dementia in Citrus County. Please call Linda at 352-613-3486 or Debbie at 352-422-3663.

Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast has FREE programs throughout the month, including Five Wishes, Alzheimer's training and, movies.  Please call and 866-642-0962 for more information.

Elder Options has FREE educational programs such as Savvy Caregiving Training workshops.  For more information please call 352-692-5219

The Alzheimer's Family Organization offers programs and services such as support groups and Caregiver Days.  For more Information please call 352-616-0170.

Citrus County Senior Services has many opportunities for socializing with other seniors.  These include community centers, meals on wheels, and companion services.  For more information on many of their programs call 352-527-5975.

The Citrus County Veterans Office provides assistance and guidance to veterans and their families to best navigate the VA system.  For more information call 352-527-5916.

Seven Rivers Senior Circle has many programs focused on seniors. For more information please call Katie at 352-795-8400

The United Way will be starting another Savvy Aging class at the end of the month. For more information, call Anne at 352-795-5483 ext. 2.

Elaine Bamford's Alzheimer Association Memory CafĂ©. Is every third Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.   For info call 352-423-3863.

Citrus County has lots of services and opportunities available to caregivers, and each month we will keep you advised when new opportunities arise.

 

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The Third Party

Don't forget to pick up the Tuesday January 3rd edition of the Citrus County Chronicle where you will find my monthly column entitled "The Third Party".

My column this month is about looking at implementing a third person into your life to assist with your care-giving tasks.  This is something that can be a positive for both of you.  It is not a matter of if you will need help but when. This person may not even have to be a professional.

Being open to this concept earlier in the disease rather than later is best.  Getting your loved one to allow another person in their life will be beneficial for both of you.

If you do not receive the Chronicle, just e-mail me and I will send you a copy of the column.

Also, if you have a question you would like me to address in an upcoming column, please let me know.  Write deb@coping.today, or call me at 352-422-3663.

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BUS TOUR

Thank you to

The Chronicle

for doing yet another Senior Bus Tour.

This is an informative tour of three to four Assisted Living, Independent, Nursing and Memory Care communities in our area.  There is no cost for this tour, and it includes lunch.  If you are in need of these types of services or would like to just know what is out there, then this is a tour you may not want to miss.

There is limited seating available, so make your reservation now by calling 352-563-5592 before Tuesday January 10th.

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Annual Appeal!!!!

DONATION

I am on the board of directors for The Alzheimer's Family Organization. This is a not for profit organization that is focused on providing education, resources in eight counties, for caregivers of persons living with Alzheimer's and dementia. We cannot do this without community support and donations. We hold several fundraisers and educational events during the course of the year, but it is just is not enough.

So we are asking for your help, if you can make a donation to this organization to help support our many services and programs for caregivers, then please do not hesitate and call The Alzheimer's Family Organization NOW at 352-616-0170, or online at alzfamily.org/annualdonation.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

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This is a new feature in our E-news letter.  If you are interested in or would like more information on advertising in News for Coping with Dementia, please call Debbie at 352-422-3663 or email me at deb@coping.today.

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