February 2015 Newsletter

February is known for Valentine’s Day. Heart images, expressions of love, friendship and caring are seen in cards, gifts and more. How fitting that February also American Heart Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, cardiovascular disease is the nation’s No. 1 killer; one in every three deaths is from heart disease and/or stroke, equal to 2,200 deaths per day claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined.

So what can you do? Lower your risk with the American Heart Association’s Life's Simple 7 recommendations

1. Get Active
2. Control Cholesterol
3. Eat Better
4. Manage Blood Pressure
5. Lose Weight
6. Reduce Blood Sugar
7. Stop Smoking

MonarchCare clients are fortunate to receive heart health prevention and management of disease from our dedicated and compassionate care managers who make sure clients are eating properly, exercise to their ability and see their doctor for regular check-ups. For our clients, knowing someone cares makes all the difference in the world, contributing to their overall well being.

Join us for our Transforming Lives Luncheon at Signature Grand on March 26, 2015. Become a sponsor, donate an auction item, purchase tickets and learn how MonarchCare and our Honorees are changing lives.

How We Help

Marie B. resides at Cross Pointe Care Center. For the longest time Marie would just sit in her wheelchair, never smiling and uncooperative with staff. She would also voice vague complaints such as “I don’t feel good” but not be able to specify what did not feel good. Marie’s white hair was long and unattractive. Thanks to MonarchCare’s Care Manger Alan Hooks, we facilitated a “make-over” at the beauty parlor. Marie wheeled out of the salon with a new short hairstyle and auburn colored hair.

The staff at Cross Pointe contacted Alan to report that the trip to the beauty parlor resulted in more than a new look! Marie is no longer uncooperative, negative, and unhappy. She now smiles more and responds to questions more appropriately. She even cooperates with staff in the proper use of her hand splint. It is amazing what a trip to the beauty parlor can do. Thanks to MonarchCare’s caring staff, Marie now has regular hair appointments.

How You Help

Each month MonarchCare’s friendly visitors take time to perform acts of kindness and visit some of our isolated clients who have distant or no family and friends to visit them. Friendly visitors provide company, help with small to do’s, run errands, play games, and most importantly listen and show compassion letting their “friend” know that someone cares.

The second week of February is recognized as International Random Acts of Kindness Week (see Did You Know). Contact MonarchCare to learn how you can become a Friendly Visitor and change the life of a vulnerable person along with improving your life by performing a selfless act of kindness.

We need your help to make our 10th Transforming Lives Luncheon a huge success. Here is what you can do:
1. Purchase a ticket and attend the luncheon or make a donation.
2. Donate a silent auction item (gift cards, certificates to restaurants, spas, hotels and movies are most appreciated)
3. Donate non-perishable food times and gift baskets for our centerpieces that will be donated to those in need served by Jewish Family Services and HOPE Outreach Center.
4. Become a volunteer the day of the Transforming Lives Luncheon to:
a. Set up and man silent auction
b. Set up event decorations & centerpieces
c. Help sell raffle tickets
d. Transport food basket centerpieces to the luncheon at Signature Grand on March 26th.

Email Knyvett Lee or visit our website to learn about additional volunteer opportunities and ways you can help!

Did You Know?

International Random Acts of Kindness Week is celebrated the second week of February and is dedicated to challenging you to step out of your normal routine or comfort zone and attempt a new random act of kindness each day of the celebratory week.

Scientific studies show that performing acts of kindness actually improve health and life satisfaction. They increase: energy, optimism, self-worth and our sense of belonging and connection in the world. PLUS they decrease anxiety, depression and blood pressure.

Did you know that all of the scientific benefits mentioned above not only happen in the recipient and the giver of kindness, but surprisingly, also in the person who happens to witness the act of kindness? That means that if you do one act of kindness for one person today, and someone happens to witness it, you can, in that moment, improve the lives of three people. Now, imagine if everyone did an act of kindness every day – our society would be a lot happier!

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is an internationally recognized non-profit organization founded upon the powerful belief in kindness and dedicated to providing resources and tools that encourage acts of kindness. The Foundation’s values are based on the belief that:

• Every individual can be a catalyst for positive change in the world and in his/her own life.
• Everyone deserves to be treated with respect.
• Each person can make a positive impact within his/her social network and community.
• Kindness breeds kindness.
• Being kind is fun!

Visit their website to learn more.

Upcoming Events

MonarchCare’s 10th Transforming Lives Luncheon
March 26, 2015 11 – 2 pm
The Signature Grand

This networking and fundraising event honors those who support MonarchCare and ensure the quality of life and wellbeing of our vulnerable citizens. 2015 Honorees include:

Community Service Awardees:
• Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren
• Five Star Communities
Bill Kling Service to Veterans:
• Stephen Margulis, Esq.

Visit our website to purchase tickets, become a sponsor, and donate auction items and donate a food basket centerpiece that will be benefit Jewish Family Services and HOPE Outreach Center. Join us, and see how MonarchCare and our Honorees are Transforming Lives!

To help with the luncheon, please contact Knyvett Lee. A BIG thank you to our Luncheon Task Force members: Chair - Kirphton Fray, Michael Brodie, Sharon Cofar, Laura Dolin, Patricia Henderson, Florence Kalma, Melissa Rapkin, Joy Siegel, Kimberly Valentin, Anne Warren, and Michael Welch.

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Your support enables us to continue our work that has rescued susceptible individuals from financial exploitation, restored institutionalized persons to independent lifestyles and reconnected isolated persons with long-lost family and friends. Thank You!

Knyvett Lee, NCG
MonarchCare Founder, CEO

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