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Around Christmas 1995, Julie Cook Downing’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. As an only child, Cook Downing decided she was going to help her then 84-year-old father care for her mother, and the nearly 400-mile distance between them wasn’t going to stop her. She cared for her mother until she died, but two years after her mother’s death, her father suffered several strokes that caused blank memories and again, Cook Downing took on the long-distance caregiver role. Eventually, her father moved in with her and her husband, and she cared for her father until his death in 2006. Now, after Cook Downing’s many caregiving experiences in a variety of situations such as skilled nursing, independent living, assisted living and memory care, she has become a caregiver adviser and support group facilitator.
Her free support group meets at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, and while there, participants discuss the hardships of caregiving. The No. 1 thing the group does, Cook Downing said, is prioritize the caregivers who often don’t prioritize themselves. Dick Pelton, whose mantra in life is to have a purpose, found prioritizing himself a challenge. Pelton, a founder of The Paradise Center on Longboat Key, has found that having a purpose is necessary when being a caregiver. Pelton’s wife was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment in 2010, which led to dementia. In turn, he became her caretaker. He began going to a support group and caregiver course at The Friendship Centers. There, he learned tips, like counting to 10 to calm down when overwhelmed or frustrated. Additionally, the course prompted him to get out of the house and do something fun. “Two-thirds of caregivers die before the person they’re caring for, that’s a fact,” Pelton said. “So there are tricks in here, things to
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Below is a list of some of the many local resources and support groups available. n Doctors Hospital of Sarasota Caregivers support group: Meets from 10-11:30 a.m. every third Monday of the month . n Cornerstone LifeCare: Consultants can help caregivers and families make the best choices for their patient. Call 809-7298. n Veterans Support Group: Meets from noon to 1:30 p.m. every third Wednesday of the month at 2688 Fruitville Road. n Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s offers various support groups at various times and locations. Visit parkinsonsneurochallenge.org. n Friendship Centers in Sarasota: Offers various groups and programs. For more information, call 941556-3268. n Tidewell Hospice: Offers various programs for caregivers and patients. Visit tidewellhospice.org. n The Alzheimer’s Support and Education Network: A free program that has counseling, education and ongoing support. Call 3647508.
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stand their boundaries with a patient and plan accordingly. “One of the biggest deficiencies of a caregiver is not reaching out for help,” Cook Downing said. “Caregivers need to make a list of people they know with the talents they have and match those talents up with what they need.” Beth Shimlock, who cares for her husband who has Parkinson’s disease, said at first the diagnosis was scary and overwhelming. To her, it seemed like it was her and her husband against the world. Now, after her husband had two focused ultrasound brain surgeries in Switzerland, and they
learned more about Parkinson’s through the Neuro Challenge Foundation, Shimlock said they are in a better place. Shimlock has found that giving her husband some errands and chores keeps them both accountable. “I just need to leave because he can get it done, but if I’m there, I want to take over,” she said. “I want to do it better. I want to talk louder. I want to be more organized, but he can still do it.” No matter how caregivers choose to prioritize themselves, though, Cook Downing said they need to understand they are on a
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Each week, Pelton would set a goal, such as going to lunch and heading to the driving range for nine holes. Although he didn’t always accomplish his goal, he said he learned that caring for his wife can’t be his only purpose in life. Eventually, he hired another caregiver to come to their home six days a week before moving his wife to a memory care facility in 2015. Because of the stress placed on caregivers, Cook Downing said they have the same biomedical risk as a smoker. The way to combat this, she said, is for caregivers to make themselves a priority. “My philosophy to the caregivers is that when someone can no longer take care of their regular daily activities, you are in charge and you need to paste that on your forehead,” Cook Downing said. “You’re in charge, not them.” Some simple ways caregivers can prioritize themselves include making time to run errands or do something enjoyable, Michael Fitzgerald, director of behavioral health at Serenity Place at Doctors Hospital, said. Group support is something that Fitzgerald said is integral to the caregiving experience, especially after a patient has died. “There’s strength in understanding that there’s commonality that exists within a group of people,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s kind of like a tribe. If you’ve got a group of people who are experiencing a similar loss, even if it’s not exactly the same, there’s an identity that somebody can actually feel.” On a larger level, Cook Downing said caregivers need to under-
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WOMEN’S EXERCISE GROUP The group meets at 9 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at Woodland Community Church. The group watches videos of Kathy Smith, Jane Fonda, Richard Simmons and more. Each person works out at their own pace. Email email@example.com for more information.
SATURDAY, APRIL 20
HEALTHY WALKERS Walk as early as 8 a.m. in this free program at The Mall at UTC. This mall-walking program is individually paced. Rewards can be earned for accumulated miles. Register at the customer service counter in the mall or call 5527000.
THURSDAY, APRIL 25
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP Takes place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center in conference room 1, 8330 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Contact Kim Peterson, with Tidewell Hospice, for more information at 941-928-8845.
Circle. Help create a world without type 1 diabetes. There is no minimum fundraising amount to walk, but each walker who raises $100 will receive a free T-shirt. Light refreshments will be available throughout the walk. To register, visit www.2.jdrf.org. PEACE HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR Takes place from 10 a.m. to noon at Peace Presbyterian Church, 12705 E. State Road 64. More than 25 organizations will be on-site to offer information on blood pressure, hearing, eyesight and more. Additionally, representatives from Tidewell Hospice, Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s and more will be present. Cost is free. Call 954304-4802.
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• Life Enrichment program to engage mentally, physically, and spiritually • Dining Menus planned with Senior Nutritional needs in mind. • Limited Nursing Services and Physical and Occupational Therapy Available.
SUNDAY, MAY 5
YOGA AT THE PARK Takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle. Start your Sunday off right with this yoga class on the 500M Restroom Lawn. Call 358-7275.
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CBD 101 Takes place from 10 to 11 a.m. at Wild Ginger Apothecary: Studio and Lounge, 6553 Superior Ave. Learn what CBD is, how it works and what its health benefits are. Free. Call 3125630.
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SATURDAY, MAY 4
JDRF ONE WALK Takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson
SATURDAY, APRIL 27
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Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center is offering classes at:
Many health screenings are available, based on your age, sex and health history. Examples include: • Bone mass measurements for osteoporosis
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• Screenings for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and lung cancer
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• Preventive immunizations
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PICTURE OF HEALTH
Commitment is key to fitness The Lakewood Ranch resident says prioritizing fitness is a must. ANDREW ATKINS STAFF WRITER
Garrett Pope describes his life of fitness as an addiction. Case in point: On his 21st birthday, he was in a head-on car collision. He took 51 stitches in his head and ear, he said, and needed plastic surgery to reattach his ear to his head. His doctors told him he couldn’t work out for a minimum of four weeks. Forty-eight hours later, he was back in the gym. “And yes, I was popping stitches out,” he said. “It was stupid.” Pope, 45, is a personal trainer and nutritional consultant. He owns his own business: Pope Training and Performance, where he offers private, one-onone personal training for muscle building, weight loss, rehabilitation, stability work, nutritional and supplementation guidance and more. Originally from New Jersey, the certified personal trainer has a degree in exercise science from Montclair State University in his home state. The Lakewood Ranch resident said he used to have the strength contract for a number of New York Mets players in the early 2000s.
Pope now primarily focuses on strength training with some highintensity cardio mixed in. He usually works out for two hours four days a week. As a kid, he played football and baseball and began working out at 15. That’s when he became “addicted.” “I work out myself, religiously, all the time,” he said. Pope finds himself motivated by the feelings of well-being and health he gleans from his lifestyle and said he’s been training people for about 25 years now. “Everybody has aches and pains as you go along, but I see other people my age in pretty bad shape,” he said, noting that his healthy lifestyle has helped him. The former Mr. Teenage New Jersey — and former Mr. New Jersey, too — said he’s reluctant to share numbers of his heaviest lifts. “I’m not big on trying to get numbers out there,” he said. “When people try to hit numbers, their form goes to crap.” Instead, he said, people should focus on lifting what they can comfortably. Lifting a heavy weight 6 to 8 times is better than lifting a “super, super heavy weight” once, he said. Pope doesn’t seem one for vices: he only has a cheat day once a month. On those days, he enjoys something like pizza or lasagna. “I just don’t feel the need,” he said. “I eat very bland. So I’m used to it. It doesn’t really affect me.”
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ABOUT GARRETT Age: 45 Residence: Lakewood Ranch Occupation: Personal Trainer (Pope Training and Performance) Favorite food: Fish (healthy) or pizza/lasagna (cheat foods) Best advice: Prioritize your fitness Business address: 7353 International place, unit 306
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Garrett Pope usually works out for two hours four days a week.
Otherwise, he sticks to healthy foods, starting his days with whey and oat protein shakes and eating fruits, vegetables, grilled chicken and fish. When he’s not working out, Pope spends time with his three dogs. He has a purebred Chihuahua, Pebbles, and two brother Jack Russell/Chihuahua mixes, Bam-Bam and Vader. “You would never know by looking at them, but they’re little
terrors,” he said, laughing. “They hate people. It’s bad.” But in terms of fitness, the biggest thing for successfully getting into shape is committing to it and prioritizing it, Pope said. “You have to commit to working out. You have to commit to the diet. … If you don’t make it a priority, it’s never going to stick.”
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