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Mar 1, 2013

Nursing Home News--March 2013

This is the March 2013 newsletter of Friends Across the Ages nursing home outreach


Presented by Tom Rinkoski, M.Ed.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 from 6-7:30pm

Millhopper Library, Meeting Room B

Free and Open to the Public



In order to become an effective caregiver for a person with dementia and/or Alzheimer’s one needs to be aware of the stages of the disease our person is in, and how to best fit our language, skills and actions so as to reduce stress, confusion and maximize contentment. In this session we will explore dementia progression using the Allen Stages and talk about proper fit of caregiving skills. We will excerpt material from the “Savvy Caregiving Training” that is available in our community to all caregivers.

This presentation by Tom Rinkoski is part of the ongoing Friends Across the Ages "Speaker/Workshop Series." Tom is the Caregiver Coach at Elder Options, the Mid Florida Area Agency on Aging. He does Caregiver Trainings, named “Become a Savvy Caregiver,” in 16 counties in North Central Florida with special attention to caregivers working with persons with Dementia and/or Alzheimer’s. Tom was caregiver to his father who had Alzheimer’s and continues as Caregiver for his mother. Tom has an M.Ed. and has a professional background in education and training.



SPRING FESTIVAL (April 1st-7th)



Our annual Spring Festival is coming up very soon! The festival will be held the week of April 1-7, with events at the various nursing homes we serve throughout the week. We will conclude the festival with our annual Spring Volunteer Appreciation Party on Sunday, April 7th from 2-4pm. The party is always a special time, held in the beautiful courtyard at Barr Systems with food, music, and special recognitions for volunteers. All members and supporters of Friends, plus family, friends, and anyone else who is interested are welcome and encouraged to attend this celebration, which is our biggest event of the year. All are welcome at any of the events of the Spring Festival as well.


Watch our April “Nursing Home News” for more details on all of the events, and we will also be posting a flyer on our website soon—we will send you a quick notification once that is up. Contact if you have any questions or would like to sign up to attend any of the events.





Each month, in addition to groups that meet weekly for regular volunteering/visitation, Friends Across the Ages sponsors a few special events and activities at various nursing homes. These events require no ongoing commitment, though we do ask you to let us know ahead of time if you plan to attend any of these events so that we can be on the lookout for you. If you would like more information about our weekly visitation groups and becoming a regular Friends Across the Ages volunteer, please let us know that as well. Here are our special events for March:


Thursday, March 7th,  1:30 – 3PM – Trip to Steak and Shake!  – We'll be taking some of the residents from Parklands Nursing and Rehab up to Steak and Shake for an afternoon snack.   Volunteers are needed to push wheelchairs and help out in other ways. 


Tuesday, March 19th, 6:00-7:30PM—“Caregiving Skills” Speaker Series Presentation – See the article above for details! All are welcome to come and connect with other volunteers and supporters, and to hear this excellent presentation by Tom Rinkoski. This session will be held at the Millhopper Library, Meeting Room B. Contact for more information.


Thursday, March 14th, 1:30 – 2:30PM – “Storytellers’ Society” at Parklands – These monthly group gatherings are a wonderful way to share, reminisce, and truly get to know the residents at Parklands Nursing and Rehab.


Thursday, March 21nd, 1:30 – 2:30PM – Casino Time at Parklands – A monthly event at Parklands Nursing and Rehab – Come help deal blackjack and poker for the residents (who play for prizes), or just help cheer them on!


Thursday, March 28th, 2:30-3:30 PM -- Birthday celebration -- Help us wish a happy birthday to all residents of Parklands Nursing and Rehab with birthdays in March. Meet us in the dining room where we will have singing and cake. Volunteers are needed to help gather the residents together, serve the cake, sing, clean up, etc.  Do you play an instrument or have some other talent?  We are always looking for new entertainment for the party – let us know!



Please see the above list for locations of the various events.  Directions to all the nursing homes can be found at:

Events are open to everyone (children are welcome at most events, please inquire). Please contact us and let us know if you plan to attend one of these events so that our coordinators can be on the lookout for you. Please call (352) 381-1117 or email


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