Share the Care, Inc

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





November 2016


407.423.5311 (phone)
www.helpforcaregivers.org
info@helpforcaregivers.org


A Few Words from Mary Ellen
We held our Caregiver Forum at the Mission Inn in August.  It was especially significant as this is the 30th Anniversary of Share the Care.  At the closing luncheon people were given the opportunity to get up and say what they thought about Share the Care.  It was so validating to hear caregivers tell what these services have meant to them and their families.  At the end, my very own son, Shea, got up and said what Share the Care means to him.  He also said some very kind words about his Mom (me).  I was both moved and pleasantly surprised.  Sometimes you wonder if your kids even notice, let alone appreciate, what you do.

November is National Family Caregiver Month.

Being part of a family isn't always easy.  It is, however, our greatest credential.  If we are good to our family it is really all that matters in life.  I picture our conversation with our maker going something like this, "I know, I know, you were good at your job but how did you treat your Mother?"

I often wonder if I thanked my mother enough.  After she died I found one of those cards they put in a bouquet of flowers inside her wallet.  It said, "To the best mother and my best friend.  Love, Mary Ellen."  It was in my handwriting but I do not remember writing it.  It looked to be at least 20 years old.  She must have carried that with her for years moving it from old to new wallet.  It was important to her and yet, I don't even remember writing it.

I can hear all of you caregivers now saying, "She knew you loved her by your actions.  You were a good daughter and you took care of her when the time came." 

Now is the hard question - do you, who is the caregiver, the good daughter, wife, son, husband etc. feel appreciated?  The one you care for may not be able to say thank you.  Sometimes you need to step back and remind yourselves who this person we are caring for is to us.  Why did we take on this difficult and often thankless job? 

In my case, maybe it was because my Mother was my best friend.  She didn't get that way by being a bad mother.  Because she was a great mother, I became a good daughter.  Your reasons may be different but equally true to you.   So I believe that the fact that you are there, doing what you do, is a thank you both to and from the one you care for...

I'm not sure exactly who will care for me when I am in need.  If it happens to be one of my children I hope they are compelled by the fact that they feel I was a good mother.  If so, I am confident they will know in their hearts that they are appreciated.

  Mary Ellen
 
 
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Caregiver Appreciation Brunch

On November 2, Share the Care held its annual Caregiver Appreciation Brunch to celebrate National Family Caregiver and Alzheimer's Disease Awareness month. Thank you to all the family caregivers who participated!


Keynote Address by Dr. Robert Cohen 


Staff who have been with Share the Care for over 10 years were recognized for their commitment to the organization.


STC 10+ Years Staff in front table

To see more pictures from the Caregiver Appreciation Brunch, visit our Facebook page @ShareTheCareInc

Giving Thanks to Family Caregivers Day
A celebration of #GivingTuesday
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

On  Tuesday, November 29 , charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose:to celebrate generosity and to give.
 
Here's how you can participate:
 
1. Go to our website www.HelpForCaregivers.org/events and
download the caregiver message signs for your "selfie."
 
2. Take a "selfie" picture of you or you and the person for whom you care while holding one of the caregiver message signs. You can also create your own message using the blank sign template. Your message should say why being a family caregiver has such meaning to you or how Share the Care services have helped your family.
 
3. On Nov. 29, post your selfie to Share the Care's social media sites as well as your own social media sites. Encourage your Facebook and Twitter connections to share your selfie. Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday.
 
4. Make a donation to Share the Care . You may donate through our website www.HelpForCaregivers.org, by phone 407-423-5311, or by mail: 1524 Formosa Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789.
 
Be sure to check our Social Media pages throughout the day on Nov. 29 for updates. We will be celebrating at Share the Care's administrative office and all five Adult Day Centers too.

 
 Thank you Partners in Healthcare for your assistance on #GivingTuesday!
Adult Day Care Center Updates
Click on the Center of Your Choice to Link to the November Updates for that location:

In This Issue
Caregiver Appreciation Brunch
Giving Thanks to Family Caregivers
Adult Day Care Center Updates


Please remember to thank the Veteran's in your life for the service they have done for our country. We wish them a very happy Veteran's Day 



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.
  
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An online assessment tool for family caregivers.


We need your support!
2017 Caregiver Cabinet
January 25, 2017

Join us for a one day trip to our State Capital. This is your chance to voice your opinion about caregiving-related issues and to help educate and encourage our State Legislature to maintain Alzheimer's/Caregiver Respite Funds. This event is free but there is a suggested donation of $25 each person to help cover the transportation and food costs.
 
You may also download the registration form at   helpforcaregivers.org/events

Contact 407-423-5311 if you have questions


Happy Thanksgiving!

We wish your family a happy and healthy holiday.

Share the Care Adult Day Centers and Administrative Office will be closed November 24 & 25. We will also be closed the week of December 26th. 

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