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.

Education and Special Programs

November 13 – Noon – 1:30 pm, LUNCH ‘N LEARN AGING WELL SERIES: Staying Active, Engaged & Productive

It is important to stay engaged as you grow older. In fact, it’s so important the program will explore the health benefits of being actively engaged and productive. Comedy writer Carl Reiner at age 95 talks about the importance of “enjoying the good times and walking away from the bumps.” We choose to make ourselves miserable or make ourselves strong. The work is about the same. It means having the imagination to see the possibilities and the energy to seize the opportunities. Join senior expert Sandy Olson in this series on aging well.

November 14 – 7 – 10 pm

LEEZA GIBBONS DARE2CARE EVENT Find Your Joy.

The Oaks Venue | 901 Brookwood Drive, Columbia

Ask about a shuttle from the center to event venue.

Don’t miss out on one of the most fun events of the year. Join in for a charity event featuring a live auction, dinner, open bar, live musical performances, and one of the largest interactive drum circles. Proceeds benefit Leeza’s Care Connection to support family caregivers in the community.

Irmo’s own, Brittany Maier, will perform with a surprise celebrity guest and a live piano concert performance.

Tickets ($75) available at LeezasCareConnection.org

November 18 – 11 am – 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 minutes and 5 minutes to review results. You will be given a copy of the results. RSVP at 803-888-7525 or email: [email protected]

November 20 – Noon – 1:30 pm, LUNCH ‘N LEARN: LUNCH ‘N LEARN: Sensitive Dementia Situations

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 in to learn better ways to handle these sensitive situations.

November 22 – 11 – Noon

VETERAN CAREGIVER BRUNCH.

Join the Caregiver Support Program with Veterans Affairs and honor hidden heroes. Current and former caregivers of veterans are welcome. Celebrate the valor of caring for those who have served and the joy of connecting with other caregivers.

November 27 – Noon – 1:30 pm, LUNCH ‘N LEARN: Holiday Tips for Caregivers

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

Support Groups

Art of Coping with Loss – Will meet the third Thursday from 6:30 – 8 pm during November and December

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

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

This group is for lung cancer survivors and their families. RSVP by calling David at 803-777-9735.

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 6 – 7:15 pm

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

Caregiver Support Group for Early Stages of Dementia – Meets first and third Tuesday 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 second and fourth Monday from 1 – 2 pm

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 a group for those living with multiple sclerosis and for their family members.

Parkinson’s Caregiver Support Group – Meets the second and fourth Tuesday from 11:30 am – 1 pm

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 – 2:30 pm

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 – 8pm

This women’s group explores the unique 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 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 you need to know about maintaining our brain.

Yoga with Nicole- Meets November 7 from 2 – 3 pm and November 27 from 10 – 11 am

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 second and fourth Monday from 11 – 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 – 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.