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Blessing Ceremony and Open House: Leeza Gibbons Care Center at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center PDF Print E-mail
Written by San Fernando Valley Sun   
Thursday, 11 October 2012 04:39

Television personality Leeza Gibbons (left) celebrates the opening of the center for family caregivers of seriously ill patients named after her at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, in Burbank.

Leeza Gibbons, TV personality and founder of the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation, hosted an open house Monday at the new Leeza's Care Connection at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, in Burbank.

The Care Center is a partnership created to serve family caregivers of seriously ill patients. A blessing of the new center and program was held. Gibbons, greeted the caregiver staff. The intent of the center is to offer support and activities that bring together caregivers and their loved ones to build upon their memories, even with the challenges of Alzheimer's, caregivers can make new memories with their loved ones and learn coping methods from professionals and others who are also going through similar challenges.

The program is a place where family caregivers come together and develop a new set of skills that help them become stronger, more resilient caregivers, especially those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's and memory disorders. All programs are free of charge.

Gibbons, who cared for her own mother, relocated the center's valley services to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center as part of the hospital's Hycy & Howard Neuroscience Institute.

Millions of family members across the nation are caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Caregiving can takes an emotional and financial toll. According to the Alzheimer's Association:

• 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease.

• One in eight older Americans has Alzheimer's disease.

• Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.

• More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care valued at $210 billion for persons with Alzheimer's and other dementias.

• Payments for care are estimated to be $200 billion in the United States in 2012.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 11 October 2012 04:42