Caregiver Support Programs

In addition to Savvy Caregiver Training, our Caregiver Coaches are often presenting caregiver training and support programs throughout North Central Florida.  These programs are free to any interested dementia caregiver.  They are on a variety of different subjects related to dementia caregiving!  Find one that interests you!  Call the Caregiver Coach listed with any questions you may have.


05/23/2017       Alachua County Caregiver Conference,  1:00 – 5:00 pm @ Alachua County Senior Center, 5701 NW 34th Street, Gainesville, FL.  Sponsored by Shands and Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative.  Will cover multiple subjects with many speakers: i.e. Early detection and diagnosis, Emerging Treatments, HABIT program at Shands, GEMS model.  Ends with a panel to whom you can direct questions and concerns.  Free.

05/25/2017       Desandando la Vida, 10:00 am, @ Marion Oaks Community Center, 280 Marion Oaks Lane, Building C, Coala, FL.  This event will be in Spanish.  Come and watch movie on dementia produced and directed in Puerto Rico.  For more information contact Ana Robles-Rhoad (352) 692-5265

06/01/2017       Answering Your Questions About Dementia and Dementia Behaviors, @ Citrus Memorial Hospital, 502 W Highland Blvd, Inverness, FL 34452.  From 9:30 am – 12 noon.  FREE!   Tom Rinkoski (Elder Options) and Debbie Selsavage (Coping With Dementia) will take any and all questions from participants about Dementia and Dementia Behaviors.  Great opportunity to discover ideas, learn new strategies, and address burning issues.  For more information and to reserve your space contact Debbie Selsavage at 352-422-3663, or e-mail

06/15/2017       World Elder Abuse Awareness Day,  10:00 am – 3:00 pm @Gainesville Senior Center, 5701 SW 34th Blvd, Gainesville, FL  32607.  Call Betty Flagg at (352) 692-5219

06/22/2017      Building  Support Team to Support You!, 1:00 – 2:00 pm @ Hope Lutheran Church, 250 Avenida Los Angelos, The Villages, FL.  Tom Rinkoski will be speaking to the monthly meeting of the support group on how to build a collaborative team to help and assist you in caregiver duties and to give you more moments of respite!

07/05/2017      Building Your Support Team Throughout the Caregiver Journey, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, @ The Windsor of Ocala, 2650 SE 18th Avenue, Ocala, FL.  Contact Wendy Dotson at (352) 873-8000.  Tom Rinkoski and David Huckabee (Alzheimer’s Association) will be speaking together about learning who to turn to for help and assistance throughout your caregiver journey.

07/20/2017       Death, Dying and Dementia, 9:30 am – 11:30 am @ Blessed Sacrament Church, 720 12th Street, Clermont, FL., Contact Tom Rinkoski at (352) 692-5226