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 multi week training designed for caregivers who assist persons with Dementia and/or Alzheimer’s Disease.

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.

The course is free to all family caregivers, but you need to register!

Those completing this course will:

  • increase skills and knowledge for caregiving
  • understand dementia and its progressive cognitive losses
  • gain confidence to set and alter caregiver goals
  • learn effective ways to increase family involvement
  • reduce adverse impacts of caregiving.


Here is a list of upcoming Savvy Trainings.



All Savvy programs in 2017 will be seven weeks long

01/18/2017            Wednesdays      1:00 – 3:00 pm                 Melrose Senior Center, Melrose, FL

01/31/2017             Tuesdays           1:00 – 3:00 pm                 Lifestyle Enrichment Center, Lake City, FL

02/01/2017            Wednesdays      2:00 – 4:00 pm                Haven Hospice, E.T. York Center, Gainesville, FL

02/06/2017            Mondays           1:00 – 3:00 pm                 Serenades ALF, The Villages, FL

02/07/2017            Tuesdays           2:00 – 4:00 pm                 Benton House, Clermont, FL

02/02/2017            Thursdays         2:00 – 4:00 pm                 Hospice of Marion County, Ocala, FL

04/04/2017            Tuesdays           1:00 – 3:00 pm                 Buffalo Crossing, The Villages, FL

04/05/2017             Wednesdays     10:00 am – 12 noon         Live Oak/Suwanee County Library, Live Oak, FL

04/05/2017             Wednesdays     1:00 – 3:00 pm                 1st United Methodist Church, Homosassa, FL

04/06/2017             Thursdays         2:00 – 4:00 pm                Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Gainesville, FL

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

05/04/2017             Thursdays        1:00 – 3:00 pm                 Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Palatka, FL

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

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


Register for any of the above Savvy Caregiver Trainings by clicking the following link – Savvy Caregiver Registration Form. Form will be submitted to Tom Rinkoski at Elder Options.

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

Try out our free Video Web Learning Site!

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We host videos on a wide range of caregiver subjects.

A new video is added each month.

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