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In This Newsletter


1. Some Inspiring Words from Leeza Gibbons

2. Stories of Faith & Courage from Caregivers at Leeza's Place

3. Presidential Proclamation - National Family Caregivers Month

4. Leeza's Place Honors, Recognitions and News

5. Caregiving Tips & Inspirations from Author Janet Edmunson















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Circle of Care Leeza's Place

Circle of Care Leeza’s Place
5000 Van Nuys Blvd. Suite 110
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(entrance on Addison Street)
tel: 818-788-2688


Leeza's Place at Olympia Medical Center

Leeza's Place
at Olympia Medical Center
5901 West Olympic Blvd.
Suite 300A
Los Angeles, CA 90036
tel: 323-932-5414




Leeza's Place Memorial Hospital Pembroke

Leeza’s Place
Memorial Hospital Pembroke
2261 North University Drive #103
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
tel: 954-883-7240




Leeza's Place at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center

Leeza's Place at Provena
Saint Joseph Medical Center
50 Uno Circle
Joliet, IL 60435
tel: 815.741.0077















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Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation

The Leeza Gibbons
Memory Foundation

9000 Sheridan Street, Suite 162
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

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Showing Up For Duty...

Leeza GibbonsBeing a caregiver means having to come to terms with so many emotions and so many demands that at times, you feel like you are trapped in a tsunami of "overwhelm". I used to put my head on the pillow at night and wonder how I would find the energy to make it through the next day. I used to feel guilty when I lost my temper or my focus. I felt as if I was constantly swimming upstream and no one was there to throw me a lifeline. Sound familiar?

I see so many courageous caregivers at Leeza's Place who "show up for duty" with hope in their hearts; giving the best that they have and I learn so much from that example. My mom used to remind me that "all you can do, is all you can do" when I would get frustrated in school or in sports and something was difficult. She was right; our best is always good enough and we have to learn as caregivers when to let go. We have to remember to forgive ourselves and others for the failings and disappointments of today so we can start again tomorrow. We need to remember that we show our strength when we reach out for help and that admitting our limits a courageous act.

Leeza's PlaceBecause of Leeza's Place, I get a front row seat to the human spirit in action and a bird's eye view of the power of a community wrapping it's arms around each other. There is no safer place to hold our highest hopes and our darkest fears as we journey together.

I love reading the caregiver stories and reflections in this newsletter; it makes me immensely proud of our programs! I hope that each of you take the time to breathe deeply to quiet your mind and calm your body, believe in your ability to thrive and receive the support that surrounds you.

Ever forward,

Leeza Gibbons
Leeza Gibbons
Board Chair, Co-Founder
Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation & Leeza's Place

* Leeza’s Place is a program of the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation, a 501-3c non-profit organization.


Guests of Leeza's Place share their stories and experiences.


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Leeza's Place Guests: Roger and Connie Bromley
Caregivers for: Roger’s mother, Virginia (Ginny)
Leeza's Place Community: Leeza's Place at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center

Since joining the community in January 2009, Leeza’s Place has been for us a place where we can meet with other caregivers who are going along the same journey. When we first started going, there were caregivers that were further along in their journey and gave us needed information along with compassion and understanding. The Program Directors at Leeza’s Place (Kathy Miller and Kim Jackson) also brought in professionals who gave us resources and much needed information about laws and available facilities. Now that we have been on the journey for quite a while (we lost our loved one back in April 2011) we are able to relay the information that we have learned to those just coming in. Because of Leeza’s Place our journey now is to share what we have learned to someone that would benefit from it. We will continue to be involved with Leeza’s Place at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, IL for as long as we are needed.



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Leeza's Place Guest: Guadalupe (Mother) and Tracy (Daughter) Reyes
Caregiver for: Guadalupe's Husband, Tracy's Father
Leeza's Place Community: Circle of Care Leeza's Place

Tracy Reyes
I’ve been a part of Leeza’s Place for less than a year but it seems much longer. In this relatively short amount of time, the effect of Leeza’s Place has been tremendous. My father's condition gets worse by the day and Leezas Place has been there every step of the way helping us cope with the loss of the man we once knew as our father. The quality of support we have received can never be quantified in hours, months or years but rather through the strength we’ve gathered to go on another day. For me, Leeza’s Place has been a place to express sadness, anger and frustration over my father’s disease with others who can empathize. It’s a place where I know my experiences will not only be heard but understood. I am now empowered as I’ve come to terms with his illness.

Guadalupe Reyes
I have been a part of Leeza’s Place for 7 months. Leeza’s Place for me has been great because I thought I was alone in dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, but now I know there are other people out there going through the same things and that is reassuring. I like that we can all talk openly about the challenges we are facing. Everyone in the support group offers different perspectives on how it feels to take care of a family member with Alzheimer’s. It is a cathartic experience because we can vent our frustrations with one another. Because of Leeza’s Place I have received help with how to better take care of my husband. When I meet with my support group, we have an exchange of ideas or tips of how to best handle our ill family member. It gives us the opportunity to listen to one another and figure out what works best for us individually I can talk openly and freely, without feeling embarrassed.



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Leeza's Place Guest: Peter Hoffman
Caregiver for: Wife, Denise
Leeza’s Place Community: Leeza's Place Memorial Hospital Pembroke

I've been a part of the Leeza's Place community now for over 2 years. Leeza’s Place has been a source of strength and inspiration for me. The volunteers and support groups I’ve been attending have been helpful; the other caregivers and the volunteer instructors have been eager to help and for that I am grateful. Because of Leeza’s Place I am now able to put my priorities in order. I am more patient and tolerant and have learned to accept the fact that I don’t always have to be right. I am able to let go of certain things and am doing a better job of taking care of me Denise.



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Leeza's Place Guest: Carlease Burke
Caregiver for: Mother, Florence D. Burke
Leeza's Place Community: Leeza's Place at Olympia Medical Center

I have been coming to Leeza’s Place on and off for about a year. As an actor I have a crazy schedule and am often traveling or being called to set at the last minute. I am always thrilled when I can make it to a support group or event because I am guaranteed to leave there with beneficial information. As an only child caring for my mom long distance, I feel like I have to wear many hats. There are so many things that I need to manage and often I am overwhelmed. Being able to come into Leeza’s Place or check in with Yael over the phone has been a great reassurance to me. At the moment I am struggling with the idea of bringing my mom out here permanently, or having her stay in her home in NY. Being able to talk that out in support group with others who are going through similar issues has been extremely helpful. Since I don’t have family around to help me, Leeza’s Place is where I go to get the support I need. It’s a safe place to go to share the intricacies of caring for a loved one. The common bound we share allows us to be open, honest and helpful. The education is powerful and makes me a better caregiver and a stronger person.



Presidential Proclamation -- National Family Caregivers Month, 2011
by the President of the United States of America



Across our country, millions of family members, neighbors, and friends provide care and support for their loved ones during times of need. With profound compassion and selflessness, these caregivers sustain American men, women, and children at their most vulnerable moments, and through their devoted acts, they exemplify the best of the American spirit. During National Family Caregivers Month, we pay tribute to the individuals throughout America who ensure the health and well-being of their relatives and loved ones.

Many of our Nation's family caregivers assist seniors and people with disabilities to help improve their quality of life. Their efforts help deliver short term comfort and security, facilitate social engagement, and help individuals stay in their homes and communities as long as possible. This heroic work is often done while caregivers balance other commitments to their families, jobs, and communities. As these remarkable individuals put their own lives on hold to tend to their family members, it is our responsibility to ensure they do not have to do it alone.

As we observe National Family Caregivers Month, we honor the tireless compassion of Americans who heal, comfort, and support our injured, our elders, and people with disabilities. This month and throughout the year, let the quiet perseverance of our family caregivers remind us of the decency and kindness to which we can all aspire.


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Check out what's happening in our Leeza's Place Communities!


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ArrowBeauty Bus Foundation is honoring Circle of Care Leeza’s Place and Leeza's Place at Olympia Medical Center with a Community Partner Award at their Volunteer Recognition luncheon on Sunday, November 13th.


ArrowLeeza's Place at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center Program Director, Kathy A. Miller was recently elected to the board of the Southwest Suburban Philanthropic Network, an organization whose purpose is to bring together the philanthropic communities in Will, Grundy and Kendall Counties of Illinois. Leeza’s Place at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center is a charter member of SWSPN.


ArrowLeeza’s Place Memorial Hospital Pembroke families are being featured at the Broward County Alzheimer’s Coordinating Councils upcoming conference on Friday, November 18th. They will be featured in a segment titled "A Family Affair" where they will discuss how we can create supportive families who “get it” and understand the caregiving journey.


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Janet Edmunson

When Everything Seems to be Falling Apart
by: Janet Edmunson, M.Ed.


CaregivingWhen we are caregiving, many of our days can be difficult and unfulfilling. But even in the most miserable days, there are at least some positive things happening, and I don’t want you to miss them.

What I’d like to encourage you to do at the end of the day, not necessarily every day but periodically, is to think about what went well today. And not just one thing—I want you to dig deep and look for three things that went well. Did you get to hold your new granddaughter? Did your loved one give you one of those precious smiles? If it’s been an especially bad day, one of your “what went well’s” might be as simple as enjoying a bowl of chocolate chip ice cream.

What I hope you’ll find happening, is that over the course of the upcoming days as you think about doing this in the evening, you’ll start looking for those positives during the day, as they are happening. When you find them, hold on to them and absorb them to help buoy you up.

This doesn’t take away the negatives of your caregiving responsibilities. Instead, it helps you balance those with awareness of good things happening. CLICK HERE to use a special chart I put together and ask yourself tonight “What went well today?”


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