January 16 – 1 – 2:15 pm, Keeping the Faith Book Study – The Peaceful Caregiver

Stressed? Exhausted? Disheartened? Through the new book, The Peaceful Caregiver, discover that peace is possible, regardless of your circumstance. Diving into Scripture that is relevant to all caregiving situations, fellow caregiver Mary Tutterow shares personal insights and Scripture passages that will help transform your perspective about your purpose. As you move through the emotions associated with caring for loved ones, discover how to move from stressed to blessed. Join for this nondenominational book study for caregivers. Book provided free of charge. The 10 sessions will run through spring 2020. Attendance to each session is not required.

January 8 – Noon – 1:30 pm, LUNCH ‘N LEARN: Ask the Expert- Medicaid & Long-Term Care

If you or a loved one need long term care in a facility or at home, what help is available through the Medicaid program, what is and isn’t covered by Medicaid, what are the eligibility requirements, and is there a way to qualify without totally impoverishing yourself and your spouse? There is so much information out these and much of it is wrong. This is a chance to get the answers you need to know in order to plan for the future with an elder law attorney from Millender Law Firm.

January 15 – Noon – 1:30 pm, LUNCH ‘N LEARN: Sensitive Situations in Dementia Caregiving

Let’s face it. Caring for someone you love often leads to awkward moments that may result in embarrassment for you and your loved one. While bathing, grooming, feeding, or driving can all be uncomfortable, it is important to maintain the person’s privacy, dignity, and independence as much as possible. Join us to learn better ways to handle these sensitive situations.

January 16 –  9 – 2 pm, The Palmetto Senior Show at the SC State Fairgrounds

Free entertainment provided with lots of information from local vendors and businesses. Admission to show is free; however, parking is $5 per vehicle. Food will be available for purchase from vendors. Don’t forget to stop by Leeza’s Care Connection’s booth.

January 20 – 11 – 3 pm, FREE COGNITIVE SCREENINGS

Every wonder, “Is my forgetfulness part of normal aging or is it more?” Johnsie Douglas, MEd, LPC, with Right at Home will be on hand to administer the Saint Louis University Mental Status Exam (SLUMS), a widely used and brief oral/written screening tool only, given to assist in determining a dementia diagnosis or provide a baseline of cognitive levels for your doctor. The exam will take about 15 min. plus 5 min. to review results. You will be given a copy of the results. RSVP at 803-888-7525 or email: [email protected]

January 22 – Noon – 1:30 pm, LUNCH ‘N LEARN SERIES: Developing an Attitude of Gratitude

If there was a pill no side effects that helped you eat healthier, exercise more, experience less depression and sleep better, would you take it? It is not in pill form, but gratitude may be as important to your health and happiness as nutrition or any of the other wellness imperatives. We will discuss how important developing an attitude of gratitude is to master the art of aging well. After all, the real purpose of growing older is to make the world a better place. Join Sandy Olsen for the last session of this Aging Well Series.

January 29 – Noon – 1:30 pm, LUNCH ‘N LEARN: Fighting Inflammation

What does chronic inflammation do to the body? How can I reduce the risk of chronic inflammation? Join Robert J. Wolff, Ph.D., Professor of Science and Health Science for an in depth discussion on inflammation, ways to reduce it, and tips on managing arthritis.

Support Groups

Art of Coping with Loss – Will meets the fourth Thursday from 6:30 – 8 pm

Dr. Delores Gulledge will teach us to use art as medicine when dealing with loss and grief. No experience required.

Caregiver Support Groups (FREE RESPITE services provided with these groups.)

You are not alone. Connecting with other caregivers, sharing, venting, learning from each other and our facilitators help you gain an understanding that you are not alone. Each of our groups below meet twice a month.

Evening group meets the first and third Tuesday of the month from 6pm – 7:15pm

Daytime group meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 1pm – 2:15pm

Caregiver Support Group for Early Stages of Dementia – Meets first and third Tuesday from 11:30am – 1pm.

This is a group for caregivers and families adjusting to a new diagnosis of some form of dementia. It focuses on what you need to know, plan and do in order to live the best life possible in the midst of this chronic illness.

Grief Support Group – Meets the second and fourth Monday from 1 – 2pm

Connect with others who have experienced loss and challenges that living with grief brings.

Multiple Sclerosis & Family Support Group – Meets the third Monday from 1 – 2 pm

This is an uplifting group for those living with multiple sclerosis and for their family members.

Parkinson’s Caregiver Support Group – Meets the second and fourth Tues. from 11:30 am – 1 pm (free respite services provided)

This is a group for caregivers who are caring for someone with Parkinson’s Disease.

Wellness and Energy Programs

Beginner Line Dancing – Meets the first and third Tuesday from 1:30 – 2:30pm

Have fun and relieve stress by learning basic line dancing routines. No experience needed.

Coffee & Canvas – Meets every Thursday from 10 – 11:30 am

Join on Thursdays for social time filled with smiles, crafts and friendship. Refreshments provided.

Girl, you’ve got this. – Meets the fourth Tuesday from 6:30 – 8 pm

This women’s group explores the spiritual journey through teachings, meditation, drumming, yoga, chakras, mindfulness, journaling, and other creative methods.

Men’s Coffee Club – Meets the second and fourth Friday of the month at 9:30am

Connect with other caregivers who have walked the caregiving path over coffee and breakfast.

SharpFit Brains – Meets the fourth Tuesday from 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Your brain has the incredible ability to reshape itself, to adapt and change If you are willing to stretch it for as little as 10 minutes a day. Senior Expert Marsha Clayman will teach everything needed to know about maintaining our brain.

Yoga with Nicole– Meets January 6 2:30 – 3:30 pm and January 21 from 1:30 – 2:30pm

Grab a mat or chair and join certified yoga instructor Nicole Styron to learn how the mindful practice of yoga can help you relieve stress as it strengthens your muscles and improves your flexibility and balance.

Beginner Tai Chi – Meets the first and third Friday from 11 am – Noon

Join Gaylee Davis for a low impact, slow-motion exercise that helps you breathe deeply and naturally, focusing your attention on your bodily sensations. Tai Chi is a great way to improve balance and stability.

Drumming Circle of FUN. – Meets the third Thursday from 11 am – noon

Cyndi Boot will lead the circle of drumming and experience its calming and energizing effects. Group drumming has been shown to reduce stress, and enhance the immune system.