FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 2, 2012)

Shell Point Retirement Community is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association- Florida Gulf Coast Chapter and Senior Friendship Centers to host “Tips and Tea”, a special event for family caregivers on Saturday, April 21, from 10am to 2pm. Family caregivers are welcome to attend and enjoy an afternoon focused on education, relaxation, and community resources to help offer a break from the normal routine of caregiving.

Attendees at this event will learn more about community resources available to them, including the Senior Friendship Centers adult day program; Shell Point’s assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation services; and the many resources available through the Alzheimer’s Association. Activities will include the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Mobile offering free memory screenings from 10am to 3pm, helpful community resource information, tours of the Senior Friendship Centers Adult day center, refreshments provided by Shell Point, and door prizes. Emily Reese, Program Specialist for the Alzheimer’s Association- Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, will offer presentations at 11am and 1pm providing helpful tips for caregivers regarding stress.

“The Tips and Tea event will give Lee County’s aging population and caregivers a great opportunity to learn about the myriad of services available to assist them, while also enjoying an afternoon of educational and social activities,” said McKenzie Millis, Assisted Living Healthcare Marketing Specialist. “Social support, and staying connected, is essential to everyone’s good health and wellness no matter your age, and many times caregivers often neglect their own needs as they become consumed with caregiving duties.”

The event will take place at the Senior Friendship Centers located at 5272 Summerlin Commons Way, Suite 601, Fort Myers, FL. 33907. This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited, so RSVP’s are required. To reserve your spot, please call 239-275-1881 ext. 220, or ask for Lisa Gates.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support, and research. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Their vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit

Senior Friendship Centers has been providing quality supportive services to seniors in Lee County since 1979. Senior Friendship Centers offers a full range of services designed to help older individuals live independently and with dignity in their own homes.

Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road and McGregor Boulevard, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. Shell Point has received national accreditation from CARF-CCAC, and is a nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry. The community offers retirement living in a resort-style environment with an 18-hole championship golf course, deep water boating access, and recreational and fitness facilities. To learn more about Shell Point, visit us at or call 1-800-780-1131

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