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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Defining Hope: Quality End-of-Life Care


Defining Hope, the brainchild of director Carolyn Jones, creator of the American Nurse Project, is a film that follows eight patients with life-threatening illness, along with the nurses who guide them on their journeys.

The documentary is described as a portrait of what makes life worth living and how we and our loved ones deal with things as we get closer to the end of life. Using conversations and interactions between patients, families, nurses and healthcare professionals, the concept of quality end-of-life care is brought to the forefront.​​

Nov. 1 was selected as the premiere date in honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.
Read more . . .


Monday, June 12, 2017

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day


This Thursday, June 15, marks another of those days that as a people we wish we did not have to recognize – World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. But unfortunately with a growing older population, we are experiencing an increase in elder abuse.

Organized by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, there will be a special recognition of the day at the United Nations. The theme of this year’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is Understand and End Financial Abuse of Older People: A Human Rights Issue.

This abuse manifests itself in many ways – physical, emotional, financial and more.
Read more . . .


Monday, July 21, 2014

Savvy Caregiver Classes

I can’t say enough about how valuable these Savvy Caregiver classes are for our community. There are new classes coming up for family and friends, as well as one for professional caregivers. I urge you to consider attending if you are caring for friends or family members or anticipate doing it soon.

A new Savvy Caregiver Training in Gainesville starts on Thursday, Sept. 4 at the offices of Elder Options (100 SW 75th Street, Gainesville). This is a free, six-week training for persons who are caregivers for family members and friends with any kind of dementia. Tell your friends. 

Savvy Caregiver Training for paid caregivers is scheduled for Friday Aug.15 & 22. It is a 12-hour, two-day training from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. It will be held at Elder Options, (100 SW 75th, Suite #301, Gainesville).  At the end of these 12 hours each participant will received a certificate they can use to obtain credits toward required dementia training in their organizations. It is open to all home health aides, CNA’s, nurses, therapists, social workers or any other who work with persons with dementias. The instructor has a DOEA license for ALF certification.   

Savvy Caregiver Training

Savvy Caregiver Professional Training


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Upcoming Savvy Caregiver Training

The Savvy Caregiver Training Program is a great service for family caregivers and others who regularly assist individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia. This free and unique, six-week program helps people understand how to treat and care for their loved ones with these diseases. The program provides participants with the knowledge they need in order to confidently care for loved ones and handle the stress that goes along with it.

The class meets two hours a week for six consecutive weeks. The participants will learn about the inevitable progression of Alzheimer’s and how to offer support through the different stages. These efforts will also be linked to those affected by dementia. By the end of the six weeks, caregivers will gain the confidence and knowledge to master their caregiving skills.

The dates and locations of the training are as follows:

  • Wednesdays 1-3 p.m. beginning June 25, 2014 in Ocala
  • Wednesdays 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. beginning September 3rd, 2014 in Starke
  • Thursdays 1-3 p.m. beginning September 4th, 2014 in Gainesville
  • Mondays 1-3 p.m. beginning September 8th, 2014 in Trenton (at Ayers Rehab)

Class size is limited to 15. Register by calling Tom Rinkoski at (352) 378-6649 extension 126, or via email to rinkoskit@agingresources.org.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Savvy Caregiver Training

The Savvy Caregiver Training Program is a free and unique six-week program, designed for family caregivers who regularly assist individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Through this program, caregivers have the opportunity to learn and develop strategies they can use to accomplish their goals as caregivers, regarding their individual situation. I truly believe this in an invaluable program that offers caregivers an amazing opportunity to increase their skills. The program gathers ideas and concepts from many disciplines and presents them to the caregivers. A few benefits of completing this course are the increase in skills, knowledge, confidence, outlook and understanding as a caregiver.

The number of people with Alzheimer’s is continuing to rise each year. The families of these individuals primarily assume the care. The family members now have this unexpected profession or caring for an ill individual, and normally have no training or preparation. Savvy caregiving enables the caregiver to develop control over the situation and reduce the stress associated with this.

The classes meet for two hours each week, for six consecutive weeks. The participants will learn about the inevitable progression of Alzheimer’s and how to offer support through the different stages. These efforts will also be linked to those affected by dementia. By the end of the six weeks, caregivers will gain the confidence and knowledge to master their caregiving skills.

There is a range of program options in a variety of areas in North/Central Florida. Please follow the links below for exact dates, times and locations for the upcoming program start dates and for a week-to-week course description!

Savvy Caregiver Dates, Times and Locations

Week to Week Course Description

 

The Savvy Caregiver Training is offered by Elder Options, the Mid Florida Area Agency on Aging. For more information on the training, or to register for a program, contact the trainer, Tom Rinkoski, at Elder Options at 352-378-6649 or rinkoskit@agingresources.org


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