Realistic Tips and Ideas for Caregivers
February 2017
 The Care Connection at Shepherd's Center Central promotes and supports the advancement of skills, good  health, and resilience of caregivers for older adults .
Shepherd's Center Central  is a not-for-profit community-based organization that empowers mid-life and older adults to live healthy, engaged and  independent lives.       816-444-1122
I attended weekly support group while caring for my father who was diagnosed with dementia of the Alzheimer's type. We felt we could go on forever when caregiving was uneventful. The reality was that caring for a loved one with dementia is unpredictable and the road zig-zags quite bit. During those zaggy moments, when we felt weak and stressed beyond what we could bear, a sense of humor (even a sick sense of humor) helped us get through the week.

Today, the following will raise eyebrows and invite criticism. But back in the early days, it worked for us. At least, after you've read about The Proverbial 2 x 4, you'll gain an appreciation for how far we've come.

Join me as I reflect upon a time when a fun-spirited award provided relief and strength to family caregivers whose priority was to care for their spouse or parent at home.

by Dr. Sood

This video has some very interesting facts about the brain and how we process pain and emotions.  Check it out.

A Very Happy Brain
A Very Happy Brain

Emotional Intelligence Toolkit

This program is rooted in social and emotional brain science that engages the emotional brain and heart, as well as the reasoning mind.  Its purpose is to teach you how to control troublesome thoughts, manage difficult emotions, have better relationships, and follow through on positive intentions.

The Emotional Intelligence Toolkit helps you:

  • Change self-defeating moods and attitudes
  • Master the skill of quick stress relief
  • Boost EQ by learning to stay connected to what you feel as well as think
  • Follow through on your hopes and dreams

Step 1: Emotional Awareness Shapes Health and Happiness

The ability to recognize, direct, and positively express emotions that we call Emotional Intelligence is a powerful skill. Emotion can override thoughts, transform relationships, and profoundly influence behavior. Emotional intelligence (EQ) allows us to harness that power to understand ourselves, overcome challenges, and build strong relationships. Best of all, emotional intelligence is a skill set that can be learned at any time.

The ability to remain emotionally aware and to keep your nervous system in its comfort zone also ensures that your immune system, and other parts of your body that preserve and repair it, remain online doing their job.
This Month's Tip
14 Simple Gardening Tips and Tricks
From using leftover coffee beans to preventing dirt from getting underneath fingernails, master gardener Paul James shares his top 14 tips and shortcuts to make spring gardening a breeze.

Here, the latest tips and tricks from Paul James, host of Gardening by the Yard:

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Remember...The Care Connection at Shepherd's Center Central is here to help anyone who is concerned about an aging parent, loved one, neighbor, or friend who needs referrals to resources, care planning, practical advice, guidance in balancing work and family, or stress relief. 
The Kansas City Caregiver Support Line provides resources and referrals for caregivers of older adults. Call 816-444-1122
Click for info on:    Care Connection

Loaded Chicken Salad Recipe

2 Cups chicken breast, shredded or cubed
¼ Cup mayonnaise (Try it with this Avocado Oil Mayo!)
½ Cup sour cream
1 Cup celery, finely chopped
1 Cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
¼ Cup yellow onion, finely chopped
3 Green onions, sliced
½ Cup bacon crumbles
Salt & Pepper

  1. Place the chicken, celery, onions, bacon, and cheese in a large bowl and top with the mayonnaise and sour cream.
  2. Mix well until everything is evenly coated and distributed throughout.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste. I usually use between ½-1 tsp of each.
  4. Serve on toast, in an avocado, tomato, in a lettuce wrap, with crackers or your favorite way to eat chicken salad.
  5. ENJOY!
Classes and Workshops

Caring for the Parkinson Patient Long-Term Caregiver 2017
Saturday, April 22, 2017
8:30AM - 3:30PM
JCCC - Regnier Center
Life changes in an instant if someone you love is diagnosed with a chronic illness. You need support, resources and understanding. At this symposium, participants will receive all of these things and more. With leading professionals in senior care and Parkinson's speaking on topics like Medicare services, Parkinson's treatment, and self-care, this symposium will educate participants on how to take care of themselves while balancing the everyday struggles that come along with taking care of a loved one with Parkinson's. Join us for a fun and supportive event centered around the caregiver and their needs. 


KC Elder Law Workshops
One of the biggest fears that many people have is fear of having their life savings wiped out if they need long term care. What a shame to see someone's life savings wiped out by the cost of care! Whether you or a family member is in crisis or not, it is important that you understand what you can do to protect your hard-earned assets! Click below to sign up for one of our free Elder Care and Asset Protection Workshops.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 6:00 PM
Bonner Springs Community Center
200 East 3rd Street,  Bonner Springs, Kansas
Hosted by: William G. Hammond

Tuesday, May 02 6:00 PM
Matt Ross Community Center
8101 Marty,  Overland Park, KS 66204
Tuesday, May 09 6:00 PM
Tomahawk Ridge Community Center
11902 Lowell Avenue,  Overland Park, KS 66213


Beginner Level Yoga Classes
6-week series
Tuesdays April 18 - May 23
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Westport Branch Library, 118 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111
Call the Westport Branch Library to RSVP (816) 701-3488
Bring your yoga mat, water and dress in layer. Regular attendees will be entered to win door prizes!
Our instructor Sally King is a registered Yoga teacher with 200 hours. She will be guiding us in a six week course designed to help participants relax and rejuvenate.  Arrive to class at least 5 minutes early.

Mental Health and Aging Coalition of Eastern Kansas Meetings
10:00-11:30 AM
Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood, Roeland Park, KS
April 25, 2017 
Speaker: Dr Avis Garrett-Baptist
Title: Art Therapy and Grandma Layton

May 23, 2017 
Speaker: Signature Psychiatric Hospital
Title: TBA
June 27, 2017 
Speaker: Mary Ann Rooney, RN
Title: Parkinson's Aphasia

For more info:  Nancy Luber, LSCSW (913) 715-7774
Filling Our Own Pale -- Self-care Symposium 
April 27th, 2017
JCCC - Regnier Center
This highly interactive workshop is designed to help you fill your bucket by learning new strategies for developing better boundaries in this age of cell phones, learning how to use yoga form stress release, avoiding legal issues you may not even be aware of, learning mindfulness practices and using music for daily stress reduction. Come earn your CE and leave with new ideas and energy for yourself, family, friends and clients. Speakers include Sally King LCSW, Terie Zimmerman BSN, JD, Jim LeCluyse, LSCSW, LCSW and Rachelle Norman, MA, MT-BC. RNs, LPNs, social workers, LPCs, LCPCs, registered dieticians will earn 6 contact hours. ACHAs will earn 6 (E) and PTs and OTs will earn 5.5 contact hours.
Or Call 913 469 3811 for more information or 913 469 2323 to register.

Is it Depression, Delirium, or Dementia?: Training that Can Save a Senior's Life
April 28, 2017
3 Hours Diagnosis CEUs
Speaker: Sally King, LCSW
Location: JCCC, Regnier Center
Aging and mental health issues overlap and complicate each other. Come familiarize yourself with the most common symptoms, diagnoses and missed diagnoses that frequently affect seniors. Assessments and treatment strategies that help our older adult clients age gracefully and happily will be covered. RNs, LPNs, social workers, registered dieticians, LPCs and LCPCS will earn 3 contact hours. ACHAs will earn 3 (RC).

Elder Justice - Advocacy Challenges When Working with Seniors
May 12, 2017
3 ethics CEUs
Speaker: Sally King, LCSW
Location: JCCC, Regnier Center
Come learn the latest issues regarding the quality-of-life rights of our frail and isolated seniors in both independent and supportive living situations and how healthcare professionals can advocate for culture change. Older adults who are isolated are often battling significant ethical/cultural issues which correlates to their high rates of completed suicide. Come ready to reflect upon your own perceptions of senility or depression and how this impacts our practice and boundaries and advocacy towards seniors getting the quality of life they deserve. RNs, LPNs, social workers, registered dieticians, LPCs and LCPCS will earn 3 contact hours. ACHAs will earn 3 (RC). This course meets BSRB criteria for ethics.

Older Adult Anxiety and Its Relationship to Sleep and Incontinence Issues
June 9, 2017
Speaker: Sally King, LCSW
3 Diagnosis CEUs
If you work in the field of caring for an older adult than you often run across this common scenario of untreated anxiety presenting in sleep or bladder issues. The participant will gain understanding of anxiety both physical and emotional and the criteria in the DSM 5. How older adults may present more somatically than younger adults and how to address this issue. What is typical sleep issues as one ages and when does this turn into something pathological.  How untreated anxiety can turn into sleep problems and interventions that work and don't work with sleep. What is typical incontinence issues as one ages, the physical and emotional contributors and how this interfaces with anxiety and sleep issues, complicating both. General strategies to address the anxiety and rumination loop, as well as behavior modification strategies for incontinence and sleep will be addressed.

Consider a Planned Gift. Please donate. 

Please consider making a charitable bequest to Shepherd's Center of Kansas City Central in your will. Legacy gifts provide future support for charity. Any individual, at any time, can create a legacy gift. It can be as easy as naming a charity on the beneficiary form of a savings, checking or pension account, or through a more complex instrument such as a trust. 

To make a bequest to SCC, simply include these words in your will:
"I give to Shepherd Center of Kansas City Central, a
non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, located in Kansas City,
MO, __% of my estate for general purposes."

To create a residual charitable bequest, use these words:
"All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both
real and personal, I give to Shepherd Center of Kansas
City Central, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, located
in Kansas City, MO, for its general purposes." 

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