Savvy Caregiver for Families

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“Prior to Savvy Caregiver training, I was experiencing frustration with behaviors that did not seem to make sense.  This stress was increasing my burden, which was an unsustainable and unhealthy situation…The course delivered more than I anticipated.  The community built in the six weeks sharing the journey with other caregivers was a benefit I greatly enjoyed.  The curriculum was robust and well-paced.  But, most importantly, the facilitator Ana Robles-Rhoads, was an outstanding presenter and compassionate group leader.”

–Testimony from a Savvy Caregiver graduate


Savvy Caregiver is a seven week training designed for caregivers who assist family members or friends with Dementia and/or Alzheimer’s Disease.  The course is free to all family caregivers, but you need to register!

The Savvy Caregiver Program is a unique approach to family caregiver education.  The program offers ideas gathered from many disciplines and sources.  Throughout the series caregivers are urged to learn, develop and modify approaches they can use to lessen their own stress and improve their particular caregiver situation.

Those completing this course will:

  • increase skills and knowledge for caregiving
  • understand the diseases that cause dementia and its progressive cognitive losses
  • gain confidence to effectively address dementia behaviors
  • learn effective ways to increase family involvement
  • reduce adverse impacts of caregiving.


Here is a list of upcoming Savvy Trainings in 2017:

05/02/2017             Tuesdays           1:00 – 3:00 pm                 Cross City Rehabilitation Center, Cross City, FL

05/16/2017              Tuesday            2:00 – 4:00 pm                 Santa Fe Davis Center, Archer, FL

06/01/2017             Thursdays         2:00 – 4:00 pm                  Marion Oaks Community Center, Ocala, FL

07/10/2017              Mondays           1:00 – 3:00 pm                 Hospice of Citrus & Nature Coast, Chiefland, FL

07/11/2017              Tuesdays           1:00 – 3:00 pm                Freedom Pointe ALF, The Villages, FL

07/11/2017              Tuesdays           2:00 – 4:00 pm               Marion Senior Services, Ocala, FL

07/12/2017             Wednesdays      1:00 – 3:00 pm                 Citrus Memorial Health Foundation YMCA, Lecanto, FL

08/03/2017            Thursdays          2:00 – 4:00 pm                 Cone Park Library, Gainesville, Florida

09/6/2017               Wednesdays      1:00 – 3:00 pm                 Elan Assisted Living, The Villages, FL

09/07/2017             Thursday           1:00 – 3:00 pm                 Blessed Sacrament Church, Clermont, FL

09/13/2017             Wednesdays      1:30 – 3:30 pm                  Bradford County Senior Center, Starke, FL

09/21/2017             Thursdays          2:00 – 4:00 pm                 Staywell/Wellcare Offices, Ocala, Florida


02/08/2018            Thursdays           2:00 – 4:00 pm                 Oak Hammock, Gainesville, FL


Register for any of the above Savvy Caregiver Trainings by clicking the following link – Savvy Caregiver Registration Form Print, complete and return by email to or mail to Attention: Tom Rinkoski, 100 SW 75th Street, Suite 301, Gainesville FL 32607.

Questions/Concerns?    Contact:  Tom Rinkoski at either, or (352) 692-5226

Try out our free Video Web Learning Site!

We host videos on a wide range of caregiver subjects.  A new video is added each month.  Click on the picture to find the web site and check out the options.