Monthly Archives: March 2016

Scary Signs of High Blood Sugar

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10 Symptoms You Can’t Ignore
Excessive thirst, dizziness, and even vision loss could be red flags that your treatment plan isn’t working.
Stay in Control of Your Diabetes
Take these small but important steps daily to protect your health. Even lowering your stress can help.
High Blood Pressure Basics
High BP and diabetes often go hand in hand. Make sure you know all about the symptoms and treatments.
Does Diabetes Start in Your Gut?
Find out why the bacteria living in your digestive tract can raise your risk for diseases-like diabetes.

Why Diabetes Is So Dangerous

Special: Diabetes Alert Day
Head to toe, the condition can take a toll on nearly every part of your body. We explain how, and ways you can protect yourself.

What is Medical Aid in Dying, and How Can We Talk About it?

What is Medical Aid in Dying, and How Can We Talk About it?
Medical aid in dying is illegal in most states but is slowly gaining acceptance. Find out how one couple confronted this tough issue.

Remembering Nancy Reagan: Powerful Alzheimer’s Advocate

Remembering Nancy Reagan Remembering Nancy Reagan: Powerful Alzheimer’s Advocate
Former first lady Nancy Reagan passed away this week, after decades ofpioneering work raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease.

Events for Caregivers and People with Dementia

Education, Support & Social Programs for Caregivers and People with Dementia

Mark Your Calendar
March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 (1:00 – 2:30 p.m.) Early Stage Social and Engagement Program:Tuesdays with Tinia at Sidestreet Studio, 110 3rd Street, S.W., Winter Haven. This is a program for individuals in the early to early mid-stages of dementia to enjoy social time through creative expression. Care partners (caregivers) stay on site and relax, paint or read a book. Learn more: 863.292.9210 / RSVP to (863) 224-8557.
March 11 (noon- 3:00 p.m.) Alzheimer’s Association offering information and resources about dementia at the Community Senior Health Fair at First Presbyterian Church Lakeland, 175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr, Lakeland, FL 33801. For more information contact 863-686-7187,ext.242.
March 16 (10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) 6th Annual Caregiver’s Day Out at Bok Tower Garden,1151 Tower Blvd.,Lake Wales. At the gate, mention you are with the Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver’s Day Out.  No reservation required.
  • Check-in anytime between 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Alzheimer’s Association- Florida Gulf Coast Chapter’s table located in the Visitor Center. Here you will receive your free one year pass and Caregiver’s Day Out packet. The pass is good for you and one family member. In addition, all participants will be registered for theCaregiver’s Day Out raffle to be selected at 3:45 p.m. Winners can pick up items at4:00 p.m. at the AAFGCC table or at our Polk County office (Lakeland) on a scheduled date and time.
  • Enjoy the Gardens and other amenities – Gardens are open from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The Visitor Center, Blue Palmetto Café and Tower & Garden Gift Shop are open from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Guided Garden Tours around 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. To start tour meet guide in Visitor Center.
  • Dining – Bring a brown bag lunch and eat within the garden or enjoy a beverage, snack or meal at the Blue Palmetto Café.
  • Listen to Live Carillon Concert. The Singing Tower live carillon concerts are at1:00 and 3:00 p.m. and can be heard throughout the Gardens. Meet Carillonneur Geert D’hollander after each performance.
  • Attend the Lunch & Learn: Landscaping with Edibles (12:00 to 1:00 p.m.) Bring your lunch or purchase one from the Blue Palmetto Cafe. Session takes place in the Magnolia Room inside the Visitor Center.
  • Plan the day how you like. Go to to view all possible happenings.
March 17 (2:00- 4:00 p.m.) Early Stage Social and Engagement Program: Meet Me at PMoAat Polk Museum of Art, 800 East Palmetto Street, Lakeland. Meet Me at PMoA provides an opportunity for those affected by dementia to engage with art through hands on art making (Make Art) and conversation (Gallery Tour and Talk) about art on exhibit at the Museum. This program is for people in the early to early mid-stages of dementia, their care partners and is open to the public; facilities are welcome to bring residents or to schedule a separate time / date. For more information or to place a reservation, please contact Laura Putnam at 863-688-7743×288  Limited space. Meet Me at PMoA is based on the MOMA Alzheimer’s Project and is a collaboration between Polk Museum of Art,
March 22 (1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.) Caregiver Education: Caregiver Workshop with Virtual Dementia Tour®: A hands on workshop for family and professional caregivers at Highland Park Church in the Family Ministries Building, 4730 Lakeland Highlands Road, Lakeland. Limited space. Please RSVP to: / 863-686-7333.
  • The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease: This presentation is for anyone who would like to know more about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Information presented includes symptoms and effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia; how Alzheimer’s affects the brain; causes and risk factors; how to address a diagnosis; stages of the disease; treatment; hope for the future; and ways the Alzheimer’s Association can help.
  • Build Personal Care Skills: This session is a follow-up to the Understanding Dementia Care with Teepa Snow event giving attendees time to practice caregiver techniques such as hand under hand and using a positive approach. The focus centers on activities of daily living, specifically- eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, walking, and grooming to include dental care.
  • The Virtual Dementia Tour®: Your Window to Their World: Open yourself to experiencing the world around you in a completely different way & gain a clear perspective into the daily lives of those with dementia. The Virtual Dementia Tour® sensitivity training program enables participants to gain a greater understanding of dementia & shift their thinking from fear to action.
March 28 (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) Educational Workshop: Making Memory Books: Strategies to Support Communication with Persons with Dementia. Presented by Michelle S. Bourgeois, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Professor, University of South Florida, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at First Baptist Church, 503 North Palmer Street, Plant City. Based on years of research with people with memory impairments, this practical workshop delves into how to create memory aids such as a memory book, which use simple words and pictures to stimulate communication, support memory, and improve the quality of life of people with dementia and related memory impairments. Attendees will create their own memory books to use with their loved one with dementia. Attendees, please bring personal photos or images that you wish to use in your memory book. All other supplies will be provided.
Limited seating; please RSVP to / (863) 292-9210.
Upcoming in April
April 14, 21, 28 (2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) Educational Series: Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers (Middle Stages) at Schalamar Creek Golf & Country Club Community, (The Club House, Upstairs in the Ballroom) 4500 US Highway 92 E, Lakeland, FL 33801.
Please RSVP to 863.292.9210 / In the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease, those who were care partners now become hands-on caregivers. Join us for this 3-part series and hear caregivers and professionals discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s. This program is through the Alzheimer’s Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter.  For more information please call 800.272.3900.
The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association supports those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia through education and supportive programs. 
We serve 17 counties (Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, and Sumter) from 8 offices. Unless otherwise specified, all programs listed are open to the public. If you are seeking a support group please visit here. If we can assistance you further please contact us by calling our 24/7 confidential Helpline at 1-800-272-3900.  
Programs partially underwritten through the support of Senior Connection Center, Inc.
and the Central Florida Senior Gems Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation

Bone Wreckers and Bone Builders

Special: Better Bones
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11 Unexpected Bone-Boosting Foods
Dairy isn’t the only skeleton-saver. See how dried figs, soy, fish, and more may help.
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How Not to Get Osteoporosis
Over 30? Your bones are already thinning. Here’s how you can lower your osteoporosis odds.
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Best Moves for Strong Bones
Some exercises, like walking and dancing, are better than others.

Nasty Infections You Never Want to Get

Awful Infections

18 Unexpected Ways to Live Longer

 Special: Live Better, Longer
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6 Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore
Most aches and pains are usually nothing serious, but call your doctor if you have one or more of these.
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Look-Younger Secrets That Work
Here’s what you need to plump your lips, hide fine lines, and more.
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How to Feel Your Best at 50 and Beyond
These changes can make a big difference, no matter how old you are.

This Is Why Your Feet Hurt

Special: What’s Up With Your Feet?
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Warts, Bunions, Corns, and More Foot Problems
Learn what you can do to ditch them and ease your pain.
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This Is What Toenail Fungus Looks Like
See how you get this infection and why it’s so hard to treat.
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Which Toe Has the Fewest Bones?
Is it the big one, the little one, or one in between? We answer this and other questions about our bones.