Simply Caring: Putting the Alzheimer's Puzzle Together

Introducing The Simply Caring Book

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Introducing Simply Caring: Putting the Alzheimer’s Puzzle Together written by Jamie Glavich.


Founder of Almost Home, Jamie Glavich is on a mission to provide guidance, inspiration and resources to families dealing with the challenges of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

In her book Simply Caring, she discusses key points about the disease, what to expect and how to prepare. She answers important questions and provides resources to make sense and put the puzzle together of Alzheimer’s.

Questions answered include:

  • What should be the foundation of care?
  • What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
  • What do I do when the Doctor says it’s Alzheimer’s?
  • What are my options in care?
  • What specific caregiving matters do I need to know?
  • How do I start the day?
  • How do I get through the day and what is Sundowning?
  • The day is almost over, what next?
  • How do I communicate and visit with my loved one?
  • How do I put the pieces of the Alzheimer’s puzzle together?

To learn more about Simply Caring and download a free chapter of the book, visit

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Almost Home New Years Goals

Setting Goals for the New Year

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Happy “Gathering” New Year

Each January, with great anticipation, I write down a number of resolutions for the year. Something we can all relate to. And like so many other people, I usually give up on some or all of these great ideas within a few weeks. After a little research and introspection, I realized that two things are happening every year. One, I make too many broad resolutions and two, I don’t have a plan. This year will be different – I promise! My plan is to plan. Not just one goal but a short, medium and long-term goal. I’m calling it a goal this year instead of a resolution too. Breaking the goal down into reasonable and achievable steps should help me this year.

Won’t you consider a plan to plan? As with all things in life, a crisis is not the time to consider the plan. Now, before it’s a crisis, is the best time to put all the plan goals into action. Consider having a goal this year for
gathering all important documents for your loved ones. These could include birth certificates, social security cards, insurance cards, and the like. See the First Step Pre-Planning Guide to help you set your goals. We can check back on each other next year and see how we did. Happy Gathering!

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Holistic and Therapeutic Caring for Seniors in Jacksonville, FL

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Almost Home DayBreak employs a holistic and therapeutic approach to caring for your loved one. The daily program provides for the physical, social, cognitive and emotional well-being of each participant. Our goal is to, at minimum, help your loved one maintain their current level of skills. At best, there may be some improvement in areas thanks to the structure and nature of the program. Activities target the whole person and individualize where necessary and possible.

Art Therapy is one activity that is a creative outlet for people in whatever stage they are currently experiencing. Parts of the brain that deal with colors and composition can still be used and developed by those with Alzheimer’s. It is amazing that people are able to continue to create art. Working with art can be calming to someone with Alzheimer’s. It may help create a period of sustained concentration that will improve their mood for the day. We feel anyone can be an artist – after all art is in the eye of the beholder!

Small Business of the Year

Professional Women’s Council Small Business Leader of the Year

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I have been a member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce for over twenty years. Being involved in your community is an important part of living in your community. In order to serve the needs of your community, you need to be active in it. I have been involved as an advocate, educator, caregiver and business owner for over 26 years.

I started attending the Professional Women’s Council of the Chamber about 2 years ago. In November of last year, when I was chosen to represent the Professional Women’s Council as their Small Business Leader of the Year, I felt honored and humbled. I was also excited as to the possibility of yet another way to spread awareness about Alzheimer’s and to try to help as many as I could understand the importance of planning.

This past year, I have traveled around Jacksonville to nine different councils. As a business leader I was able to speak to other business owners about issues we all encounter regardless of the industry. As a Dementia Care Practitioner, I was able to
educate others about the disease and the challenges of caregivers. Speaking to hundreds about the necessity to start thinking of planning for older age, possible disability or an untimely health crisis, gave me a good start on what lies ahead in my

My mission is to have everyone start thinking about the “what if”. What if you couldn’t make decisions for yourself, who would you trust and who would love and respect you enough to step in to make those decisions for you?

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Mood to Memory – Foods that Support Brain Health

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You’re invited to a Cooking Demo Workshop!

From Mood to Memory: Foods that Support Brain Health

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Cost: $10

Evidence suggest that dietary changes can improve mood and quality of life! The protective nature of certain foods can help repair damage and decrease inflammation in brain cells. Join Registered Dietitian, Heather Boarders, to discuss which foods will fight for your health. A cooking demonstration and tasting will also be included in this workshop.

Almost Home Day Break
3604 Cardinal Point Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32257

Tuesday, December 11
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

RSVP Required by December 7th for food.

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Kailo Nutrition

Contact Info for Event:

Phone: 904-250-0910

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101 Things to Do With a Person Who Has Alzheimer’s Disease

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Daily activities for people living with Alzheimer’s disease tend to change as the disease progresses. Alzheimer’s tends to limit concentration and cause difficulties in following directions. These factors can turn simple activities into daily challenges. Individuals with Alzheimer’s often don’t start or plan activities on their own. When they do, they may have trouble organizing and carrying out the activity. Many caregivers state that the individual often sits in one area of the room, paces the floor, or searches for familiar objects with little interest in doing the things that had once brought meaning and pleasure to life.

By using a variety of activities matched to the person’s abilities, the caregiver can help the family member enjoy his current level of skill and talent, as well as retain his sense of positive self-esteem.

Below is a link with a PDF that contains 101 ideas to help pass the time throughout the year.

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101 Things to Do with a Person Who Has Alzeheimer's Disease
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Education, Workshops, Training for Caregivers – Jacksonville, FL

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Join Almost Home for Education, Workshops, Training for Caregivers in Jacksonville, Florida.

2018 Saturday Support Series

With Jamie Glavich

Almost Home DayBreak
3604 Cardinal Point Drive
Jacksonville, Florida 32257

Call 904.731.4002 to register

Time: 9:00 am – 10:30 am

July 14 – Getting Personal with Alzheimer’s

  • Challenges of caregiving
  • Day to day caregiving skill
  • Activities around the house
  • Advance planning, Financial literacy
  • Guest Speaker

August 18 – Maintain your Brain through Healthy Lifestyle

  • The brain and you
  • Nutrition and exercise
  • Survival tips
  • Your daily routine

September 15 – Where to turn when you need help

  • Defining Power of Attorney, Guardianship and Estate Planning
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative
  • Living Wills, DNROs
  • Other Advanced Directives

October 20 – Life. Celebrated Daily

  • The Importance of Music
  • When things get complicated, Just Dance
  • Step back and Enjoy the Art