Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Recent Caregiving Books

Do you care for an elderly relative or friend? Do you need information to help you with your caregiving? Pasco County Public Library System has the following recently published books for caregivers: 

                            Caregiver's Handbook

                         An Unintended Journey

                        Dr Ruth's Guide for Alzheimers

                         Life's Little Emergencies

                         No One Has to Die Alone

                     The Caregiving Wife's Handbook

                            The Good Caregiver

                     Loving Someone Who Has Dementia

                    Healing Your Grieving Heart

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Caregiver Resources

The holidays can be stressful for caregivers. The Caregiver Action Network is a non profit organization. Its mission is to provide "education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge."  The Caregiver Action Network offers the following recommendations for helping caregivers:
  • Offer a few hours of respite time to allow a caregiver to rest.
  • Send a card of appreciation or a bouquet of flowers to brighten up a family caregiver’s day.
  • Help a family caregiver decorate their home for the holidays or offer to address envelopes for their holiday cards.
  • Help a family caregiver find information and resources on the internet or to locate a local support group.
 Remember, you can contact the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas's Senior Helpline (1-800-963-5337) to find local resources for respite care. This helpline is available for residents of Florida. In addition, you can find a large list of online caregiving resources from the federal government here

Some of the CARES Senior Enrichment Centers in Pasco County offer adult day services, which can provide a break for caregivers. You can learn more by clicking here.

There are two hospices available in Pasco County and both host caregiver support  and bereavement groups:

Gulfside Regional Hospice - click here for meeting information.

HPH Hospice - click here for meeting information.

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

    Upcoming Library Programs

    Would you like to learn to knit or attend a senior social or movie? These are just a few of the upcoming Pasco library programs. The Friends of the Library sponsors our programs.  Here are some of the upcoming library programs for Older Adults in Pasco County:

    Thurs, Dec 12th at 10:00am
        LOL Social Seniors
        Land O'Lakes Library
    Join our group of Social Seniors for coffee, cake, and conversation. Get involved at the library by offering programming suggestions. Or, take this time to meet new friends, discuss common interests, and engage in recreational activities. Occasional workshops on topics of interest may be scheduled. This is a brand new club for seniors, and we need your input!
    Land O'Lakes Library
    2818 Collier Parkway
    Land O'Lakes, FL 34639
    (813) 929-1214 

    Thurs, Dec 12th and Dec 19th at 6:00pm
         Knitting Club
         New River Library
    Learn basic knitting techniques. Please bring a pair of size 8 knitting needles and a ball of #4 yarn. This club is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
    New River Library
    34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills, FL 33543
    (813) 788-6375

    Thurs, Dec 19th at 10:00am
        Senior Games
        Land O'Lakes Library
    Join us for fun and games at the library. Meet new people while playing cards, board games, or challenging video games.
    Land O'Lakes Library
    2818 Collier Parkway
    Land O'Lakes, FL 34639
    (813) 929-1214 

    Friday, Dec 20th at 2:00pm
       Senior Movie Matinee 
       Hugh Embry Library
    Seniors, enjoy the latest releases of great films, along with light refreshments, thanks to our generous Friends of Hugh Embry Library!You can call 352-567-3576 for the movie title.
    Hugh Embry Library
    14215 Fourth Street, Dade City, FL 33523 
    (352) 567-3576

    Sat, Dec 28th at 11:00am
         South Holiday Library
    Join our knitting club for ALL AGES! No experience necessary. Supplies are provided for in-house use or bring your own project.
    South Holiday Library
    4649 Mile Stretch Drive 
    Holiday, FL 34690 
    (727) 834-3331

    Also, many branches offer book discussions.