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Join the Long Good-bye Support Group

February 8, 2014 at 2:44 pm

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The Long Goodbye Alzheimer’s Support Group meets Tuesday, July 11 at noon in the Bishop’s Meeting Room at Dauphin Way Methodist Church.  The cost of lunch is $5.00.  If you plan to eat, RSVP by calling the church at 251-471-1511 by Friday, July 6, 2017.

Caring for someone with dementia is a lonely path. Find understanding, referrals, and encouragement at a local support group.

December 28, 2013 at 8:30 am

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MOBILE COUNTY SUPPORT GROUPS

The Gulf Coast Dementia Services Support Group

Location: 3263 Demetropolis Road,Ste 10 at the Quadrangle Business Center, Mobile, AL 36693 at Touching Hearts Senior Care Office

 The Caregiver Support Group is held the second Tuesday of every month, at 11am – 12pm at Touching Hearts Senior Care offices.  This is a free event and completely confidential.

Refreshments are provided so call to let them know you will be there.  251-445-4204 or 251-421-4888.

The Gulf Coast Dementia Services Support Groups provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings. Using Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care, Gina Germany teaches participants to understand, recognize and care for persons with dementia.

Call 251-421-4888 or 300-0250 for Gina Germany.

 http://touchingheartsseniorcare.com/index.html

E. A. Roberts Alzheimer Center offers support every second Thursday at 10 am.  They are located at 169 Mobile Infirmary Drive.  Please call 251-435-6950 for further information.

The Long Good-bye Support Group meets at noon for an hour on the second Tuesday of each month. Dauphin Way Methodist Church hosts this group and meets in the Bishop’s Meeting Room.  If you would like to have lunch during the meeting, RSVP the church by Friday.  Call the church at 251-471-1511.

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Group – Third Tuesday of every  month from 6 to 7 pm.  No entrance or support fees associated with group.  VIA Senior Center, 1717 Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL  36604.  For meeting information call 251-776-5999.

Christ United Methodist Church – Second and Fourth Tuesday evening, 6:00 PM.  6101 Grelot Road, Mobile, AL contact Donna Alexander for more information.   (251) 342-0462.

BALDWIN COUNTY SUPPORT GROUPS:  

Covenant Care Educational Support Group Schedule

1.  Last Wednesday of every month at 10.00 a.m. at the The Brennity of Daphne, 27440 Co. Rd. 13, Daphne, AL  36526.

2. First and Third Thursday of every month at 9:00 a.m. at the Foley Senior Center, 304 E. Rose Street, Foley, AL  36535

4. First Monday of the month at 12:00 p.m. at D.W. McMillan Hospital Stranded Conference Room, 1301 Belleville Avenue, Brewton, AL.

5.  Frontotemporal Degeneration and Related Dementias Support Group: Last Wednesday of each month, beginning Feb. 22, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. at Baldwin House Assisted Living Residence (across from Lowe’s and Sam’s Club). 10171 Papa George St., Daphne,AL

6. Last Sunday at 1:30 pm at  Westminster Village, 500 Spanish Fort Blvd., Spanish Fort, AL.

These groups are open access, private and confidential.  For more information, call audrey.hanline@choosecovenant.org>, Daphne, AL, 1-855-CARE-365.

 

DAYBREAK – Gulf Shores United Methodist Church, located at 1900 Gulf Shores Parkway, offers DayBreak, a ministry providing support and service for caregivers and their loved ones with Alzheimer’s Disease. DayBreak is held on Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is nominal and lunch is provided. For more information, contact Dolly Crewes at 251-968-3634 or Terry Fowinkle at 251-968-2377.  For more information, visit their website at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church.

Haven of Gulf Shores,  a new 32 bed assisted and memory care facility, offers a support group the third Thursday evening of the month.  Call Teresa Carrel for details at  (251)923-2800.

SHEPARD’S PLACE – Held at Fairhope United Methodist Church on the first 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 9:30 AM. This is open to anyone who cares for someone on a daily basis.  Contact Dr. Ann Pearson for further information at (251) 928-1148 or ann.pearson@fairhopeumc.org Map

ESCAMBIA COUNTY

 ALZHEIMER’S FAMILY SERVICES – Support group held on the first Monday of the month at noon in the Strandell Conference Room at D. W. McMillan Memorial Hospital, 1301 Belleville Avenue in Brewton, AL. Call 251-809-8309 for information or email facilitator, Marcia De Graaf, at mdegraaf@dwmmh.org.   Map 

Florida Locations

Brookdale Ft. Walton Beach – Meets 1st Thursday at 5:30 pm at 233 Carmel Avenue, Ft. Walton Beach, FL.  Contact 850-864-4600 to sign up.

Covenant Care Educational Support Group Schedule

FLORIDA LOCATIONS  Monthly Meeting Date  Time  Location  Address 
Crestview 1st Thursday 1:30 p.m. Silvercrest Health and Rehabilitation Center 910 Brookmeade Drive, Crestview, FL
Destin/Miramar Beach Last Tuesday 2:00 p.m. Sacred Heart of the Emerald Coast Suite 3 Conference Room 7800 U.S. Highway 98 West Miramar Beach, FL
Gulf Breeze 2nd Thursday 10:00 a.m. Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church 75 Fairpoint Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL
Gulf Breeze-Early Onset Group 3rd Thursday 5:30 p.m. For details contact

Audrey.Hanline@choosecovenant.org

Laurel Hill 3rd Thursday 2:00 p.m. First Baptist Church of Laurel Hill 3972 2nd Avenue, Laurel Hill, FL
Milton 2nd Thursday 1:00 p.m. Covenant Community Resource Center 6479 Caroline Street, Suite B, Milton, FL
Niceville 2nd Thursday 10:00 a.m. Superior Residences of Niceville 2300 Partin Drive North, Niceville, FL
Niceville Last Wednesday 10:00 a.m. Crosspoint Church Chandler Center Room 701 214 South Partin Drive, Niceville, FL
Panama City 3rd Wednesday 10:00 a.m. Superior Residences of Panama City 95 Grand Heron Drive, Panama City Beach, FL
Pensacola-Early Stage Group 1st Wednesday 1:00 p.m. For details contact

Audrey.Hanline@choosecovenant.org

Pensacola 1st Tuesday 6:00 p.m. Homestead Village 7830 Pine Forest Road, Pensacola, FL
Pensacola 2nd Friday 2:00 p.m. Azalea Trace, The Trace Room 10100 Hillview Road, Pensacola, FL
Pensacola 2nd Monday 2:30 p.m. Pine Forest United Methodist Church 2800 Wilde Lake Blvd., Pensacola, FL
Pensacola For On-site Respite call 850.266.2503 3rd Monday 2:30 p.m. Council on Aging of West Florida 875 Royce Street, Pensacola, FL
Pensacola 4th Monday 10:00 a.m. Trinity Presbyterian Church, Room E 3400 Bayou Blvd., Pensacola, FL
Shalimar 3rd Thursday 6:00 p.m. Shalimar United Methodist Church 1 Old Ferry Road, Shalimar, FL
   

 

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION TELEPHONE CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP

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The purpose of this support group is to reach those caregivers who could benefit from a support group, yet find it difficult to travel to a meeting site.  The meeting is the first Monday of every month, from 3 pm to 4:30pm Central Time.  Call 1-800-272-3900 to register.  Kelli Moorehead will be in touch with you after you register.

Welcome to Caregivers Unite. Let’s talk about local resources, referrals and ideas to make life richer for dementia care stakeholders.

November 27, 2012 at 3:59 pm

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This Purple Angel symbol can be used by anyone raising awareness regarding dementia. It symbolizes a guardian over those living with dementia, their families and friends, as well as all those working to raise awareness about dementia world wide.

“Financial Caregiving” is topic at next Educational Dementia Support Group

July 4, 2017 at 12:59 pm

Kyla G. Kelim, Esq. brings her elder law expertise to the next E.A. Roberts Alzheimer’s Center support group, entitling her presentation, “Financial Caregiving – A Caregiver’s Checklist.”  The essential information is crucial to the toolbox of any caregiver. Make plans to attend on July 13, 2017 at 10:00 A.M.  Complimentary care is available during the meeting.  Located at 169 Mobile  Infirmary Blvd, please call 251-435-6950 for more information.

Hurricane Season and Dementia

June 2, 2017 at 2:21 pm

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Don’t wait…Start making preparations now.  Linda Collins of the American Red Cross and Laura Harrington, Manager of the Roberts Center will together present this seasonal topic at the June 8, 2017 Educational Dementia Support Group at 10:00 AM at the E.A.Roberts Center, 169 Mobile Infirmary Blvd, Mobile, AL  36607.

Complimentary care will be provided during the meeting.  Please call 435-6950 for more information.

May 23, 2017 at 5:21 pm

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Our new Alzheimer’s Association Community Outreach Coordinator, Angela Plummer McDonald, comes to the AL/FL Panhandle Chapter with 10 year of experience as an Ambassador to Senator Markey of Boston, MASS. In addition to her volunteer experience, Wingate Healthcare employed her for 4 years as the Director of Memory Care and was director of Home Instead in Boston 5 years prior to that.

She comes to Mobile, following her fiancé, Chris McDonald, who is the assistant Certified Athletic Trainer for the USA baseball team. They will be wed soon in Panama City and settle down in Mobile. Please welcome Angela (AJ) to our area. She is available to speak about AD and is responsible for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s and The Longest Day. Let her know if you want to help by calling 850-225-0680 or reach her at asplummer@alz.org.

 

 

 

 

 

Spirituality & Dementia: Finding Hope During a Seemingly Hopeless Time

May 3, 2017 at 12:55 pm

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E. A. Roberts Alzheimer’s Center presents Spirituality & Dementia at their next Educational Dementia Support Group.  The minister of Regency Church of Christ, Allan Eldridge will speak about finding hope during a seemingly hopeless time.

The support group will be on May 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the E.A. Roberts Alzheimer’s Center, located at 169 Mobile Infirmary Blvd, Mobile, AL  36607.  Complimentary care will be provided during the meeting.  Please call 251-435-6950 for more information.

Lisa Genova’s TED Talk About Dementia

May 3, 2017 at 11:19 am

The Stresses of Caregiving…Dealing With Frustration

March 6, 2017 at 10:22 am

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Lee Felis, MOT, OTR/I of Mobile Infirmary will present this topic at the next Educational Support Group at E. A. Roberts Alzheimer’s Center.  The meeting begins at 10:00 AM on Thursday, April 13, 2017.

Complimentary care is available during the meeting.  Please call 251-435-6950 for more information.

Located at:  E.A. Roberts Alzheimer’s Center

169 Mobile Infirmary Blvd.

Mobile, AL  36607

2017 Medicare Updates for Caregivers

February 1, 2017 at 2:51 pm

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The E.A. Roberts Alzheimer’s Center presents James Roberson, Regional SHIP Coordinator, at the next Educational Dementia Support Group on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 10:00 am. He will answer questions concerning changes in Medicare for 2017 and how it will affect your family. The Center is located at 169 Mobile Infirmary Blvd, Mobile, AL 36607.  Complimentary care will be provided during the meeting.   Please call 251-435-6950 for more information.

Local man starts the first Alabama Frontotemporal Degeneration Caregiver Support Group

January 25, 2017 at 3:05 pm

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Jerry Horn is a retired businessman who expected to spend his golden years traveling and enjoying his grandchildren. Instead, he has spent the last several years focused on caring for Debbie, his beloved wife of 44 years, proving his unfailing love while navigating life with her after a diagnosis of Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD) combined with Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) and Parkinsonism. The diagnosis alone is tough to say but that’s nothing compared to the difficulties of living with this form of dementia that is the most common type for people under the age of 60. There is no cure or effective treatment to slow the progression of damage in the frontal and temporal parts of the brain that can make everyday life increasingly challenging. As neurons die in these regions, the lobes atrophy, wreaking havoc in thinking, communicating, walking, and may cause strange behaviors and poor judgment. The demanding task of providing care 24/7 hasn’t stopped Jerry from trying to help others as well.

So imagine how excited Jerry is to have successfully made connections to initiate an Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) affiliated support group in our area.  This will be the first support group dedicated specifically to FTD caregivers in the state of Alabama. Collaborating with Audrey Hanline of Covenant Alzheimer’s Care, the disease specific support group will meet on the last Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm at the Baldwin House Assisted Living Residence, located at 10171 Papa George St., in Daphne, AL (across from Lowe’s and Sam’s Club.) Jerry feels that it wasn’t his doing to pull this together. He states, ” It may sound weird, but I sometimes think that God is giving me a second calling to become an advocate for FTD. The fact that I am surrounded by people of this caliber is not my doing, but God’s.”

Jerry will finally be able to share with others who can understand his need to connect, receive and give support, and learn from each other’s experience. Jerry says, “I see this as a major victory, and I hope that it is only the beginning of an entirely new focus on the FTD side of the dementia spectrum.”

Jerry is a living example of this quote from Anne Frank – “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

For this and other dementia support groups, see caregivers unite.org blog or the website calendar.

 

Jerry Debbie Debbie

 

 

Keeping Love Alive as Memory Fades: The 5 Love Languages and the Alzheimer’s Journey

January 23, 2017 at 2:28 pm

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There is a new book on the dementia reading shelf.  I came across this helpful information while perusing my audible library ap and have been listening ever since.  Gary Chapman, author of many versions of “The 5 Love Languages” has partnered with a caregiver (Dr.Edward Shaw) and a relational expert (Debbie Barr) to produce a multi perspective account on how to maintain the love connection with People With Dementia (PWD).

Based on my personal experience of taking care of my own mother and aunt, and befriending many others during our time in assisted living , memory care, and skilled care, I whole heartily agree with what is written in this sweet book. If you need some tips on how to connect or stay connected with PWD, this easy read if for you.

Find more information on “Keeping Love Alive as Memories Fade: The  5 Love Languages and the Alzheimer’s Journey” at  amazon.com

“Palliative Care” is the topic at E.A.Roberts Alzheimer’s Center next Educational Dementia Support Group

January 6, 2017 at 2:00 pm

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RN Stefanie Willis-Turner will answer questions about Palliative Care at her presentation on January 12th at 10:00 am at E.A. Roberts Alzheimer’s Center.  Complimentary care will be provided during the meeting.

This monthly support group meets at 169 Mobile Infirmary Blvd, Mobile, AL  36607.  Please call 435-6950 for more information.