December 10 – 1 – 2:30 pm, VIDEO VIEWING: Dementia Care Tips featuring Teepa Snow

Learn techniques to improve communication, mutual understanding, and better manage distress in order to properly adapt our behavior to increase communication and quality of life for the person living with dementia.

 

December 12 – noon – 1:30 pm, LUNCH ‘N LEARN: Holiday Tips for Caring for Someone with Dementia

Johnsie Douglas, LPC will hold a seminar designed to assist families in developing realistic expectations, providing practical hints about gifts, gift wrapping, visits, meals, decorating for the holidays, and most of all – how to avoid the stress of it all.

 

December 17 – 1 – 2 pm, GRIEF SERIES: Finding Rhythm After Loss

These drumming sessions will offer techniques to help lower stress and bring healing while journeying through the grieving process. Instruments are provided. No experience is needed, only a heart to join one another in learning a new beat in a new life.

December 17 Session Topic: Finding Your Rhythm

 

December 18 – 2 – 3 pm, Blue Christmas Memorial Services at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church

Perhaps you have lost someone or are in the midst of losing someone you love. Attend this service where everyone can acknowledge the “blue” feelings during the Holiday Season. During this non-denominational service, led by The Reverend Jill Beimdiek of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church with Leeza’s Care Connection, participants will remember and honor those we have lost while sharing in some seasonal music. There can be comfort in knowing that you are not alone.

 

December 19 –  noon – 1:30 pm, Holiday Party and Parking Lot Dedication

Get into the holiday spirit with Leeza’s Care Connection. Join in for an afternoon of holiday fun, laughs, and good cheer, with seasonal music. Volunteers, caregivers and loved one are invited to attend. Lunch will be served.

 

 

 

Support Groups

 

Caregiver Support Groups

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

Evening group meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6pm – 7:15 pm

Daytime group meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 1pm – 2:15 pm

 

Parkinson’s Caregiver Support Group – Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 11:30am-1pm

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

 

Caregiver Support Group for Early Stages of Dementia – Meets 1st and 3rdTuesday from 11:30 am – 1 pm.

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 2nd and 4th Monday from 1 – 2pm

This group will resume after Grief Series.

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

 

Keeping the Faith – Meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday from 1 – 2:15pm

The 1st Thursday, we will discuss Chapter 20, Help, Hope and Happiness from Psalm 146:5. On the 3rd Thursday, discussion will be on Chapter 21, The Eternal Encourager from John 14:16. New caregivers welcome to join our faith-based community.

 

Breathe Easier Club – Meets the 1st Wednesday from 11:30 am – 1 pm

This group will not be meeting in December.

This group is for lung cancer survivors and their families. RSVP by calling 803-777-9736.

 

Art of Coping with Loss – Meets 4th Thursday from 6:30 – 8 pm

This group will be meeting on December 20 for the holidays.

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

 

 

Wellness and Energy Programs

 

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

Ever feel like you just don’t get a chance to connect with other women who get what it’s like to be a caregiver? Well, not anymore. Join in on Thursdays for social time with ladies filled with smiles and friendship. Coffee and snacks provided. Bring your own projects or just bring yourself and let your creative juices flow.

 

Men’s Coffee Club- Meets the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month at 9:30 am

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

 

Healing Rhythms: Drumming Circle of FUN. – Meets 3rd Thursday of each month from 11 am – noon

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

 

Beginner Line Dancing – Meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 1:30 – 2:30 pm

This group will not be meeting in December.

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

 

SharpFit Brains – Meets the 4th Tuesday from 1:30 – 2:30 pm

This group will not be meeting in December.

Did you know your brain has the incredible ability to reshape itself, to adapt and change if you are willing to stretch it? This is known as NeuroPLASTICity. You don’t have to sign up for a gym. You don’t need a hypnotist. You just need the desire to maintain your brain health and 10 minutes a day exercising your brain. Senior Expert Marsha Clayman will teach us everything we need to know about maintaining the brain while having a little fun.

 

 

December 12 – noon -1:30 pm, LUNCH ‘N LEARN: Holiday Tips for Caring for Someone with Dementia

The holidays are hard enough. When you’re caring for someone with a cognitive impairment, the stress can really take a toll on your physical and emotional well-being. Join presenter, Johnsie Douglas, LPC for a seminar designed to assist families in developing realistic expectations, providing practical hints about gifts, gift wrapping, visits, meals, decorating for the holidays, and most of all – how to avoid the stress of it all.

 

Leeza’s Care Connection is at the Michael J. and Mary Meech Mungo Home at 201 St. Andrews Road, Columbia. For more information call 803-888-7525 or visit www.leezascareconnection.org.

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