Share the Care, Inc

Share the Care, Inc.
Providing Services to Family Caregivers
since 1986

August 2016

407.423.5311 (phone)

A Few Words from Mary Ellen
People have been talking a lot about "compassion fatigue" lately.  I presume it has become a topic due to the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub and the community response to that event.  Yesterday I attended a presentation by a Buddhist monk, who is also a medical doctor, on the topic.

He says it is not really compassion fatigue but empathy fatigue that is the culprit.  Compassion being what we feel for someone who is having a bad time of it versus empathy which is actually feeling the other person's pain. 

He also said that much of the pain that people feel comes from inside themselves.  Bad feelings like anger and guilt can be minimized by reducing our own negative self-talk and by trying to understand the basis for the unpleasant emotions.  Of course this is easier said than done and is not something a person can do over night.  It takes practice.

I was thinking that there is a lot of this "fatigue" going on in the caregiver world.  It doesn't take a huge and unusual event to realize that caregivers are both caring and giving every single day.  I have met so many who feel inadequate in the face of the circumstances that made them caregivers in the first place.  Illnesses that not only can't be cured but that promise to get worse cause worry and sometimes anger and more often than not, guilt. 

This month we offer you some time to rest and regroup at our Annual Caregiver Forum.  Hopefully you will leave with some new skills for taking care of yourself.  And maybe you will realize that rather than beating yourself up about not being good enough, you can instead spend time patting yourself on the back!  And if you don't, we will!!  See you at the Mission Inn...
  Mary Ellen

2016 Caregiver Forum
Share the Care is Celebrating 30 Years of Service! 

August 25-27, 2016 
Mission Inn Resort & Spa, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL

Its not too late to register!

Click Here to download the 
registration form or go to our website to register online.

Caregiver Forum Highlights

Breakout Sessions include: Healthy Cooking with Chef  Dela ño, Laughter Yoga, Rhythm for Relief (drums), Poetry with Margery Pabst-Steinmetz, Advocacy, Nutrition, Dancing with Cindy Bruno, Painting with Morris, Brain Fitness, Celebrating with Dr. Lucy Braun, and a Spanish-speaking support group.

Evening Events 1980s Dance Party Welcome Reception & 30th Anniversary Event and Silent Auction. 

Advocacy Panel comprised of state and local law makers, and representatives from AARP and Senior Resource Alliance. Presentation of the Matt Hudson Caregiver Champion Award to Secretary Samuel P. Verghese, Florida Department of Elder Affairs

Enjoy the amenities of the Mission Inn Resort
with special discounts on golf and spa services for Caregiver Forum attendees.
Adult Day Care Center Updates
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In This Issue
Caregiver Forum
Caregiver Forum Highlights
Adult Day Care Center Updates
Caregiver Support Group
Join us for our monthly caregiver support group on the second Friday of each month, from 1:30 - 3:00 pm. The group meets at the College Park center at 1524 Formosa Avenue, Winter Park. Contact us for more details.

If you need to arrange  respite care for your loved-one during the Forum, please call Case Management ASAP. It does take a little time to arrange this care you do need to start the process now if you haven't already done so. 407-423-5311.

There will be a free  bus that will take attendees from Winter Park to and from the Mission Inn for the Forum. You must RSVP to ride the bus. Call us at 407-423-5311 or email Kim at to reserve a seat.

Remember to bring your best 1980s attire for the Caregiver Forum welcome reception. It will be a 1980s dance party and there will be a contest for best costume!
Caregiver Forum Sponsors

The Bryce West Foundation
The Pabst Charitable Foundation for the Arts
Valentine & Co.
VITAS Healthcare
Mark and Laura Abramson
UBS Financial
Judy Kahan-Davis and Elliott Davis
Meals on Wheels, Etc.
Rosemont Women's Club
Net Conversion
Seniors First
Oakmonte Village

 Caregiver Forum Vendors

Senior Resource Alliance/SHINE 
Comfort Keepers
Watercrest of Lake Nona
Right at Home
National MS Society
Partners in Healthcare
Orlando Health Memory Disorder Clinic/Center for Aging
VITAS Healthcare
Seniors First

Sponsorship & Vendor Exhibit Opportunities are still Available! 
Call us for more information       407-423-5311    

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