June 2015 Newsletter

June is a busy month for all Floridians, when we get ready for Hurricane Season, put away the school backpacks and prepare for a family holiday in cooler parts of the world. 
MonarchCare’s staff is busy as well, as we verify or put into place an emergency plan for more than 100 vulnerable individuals.  This June is particularly busy because Stella, our Director of Care Management, is on maternity leave after having her beautiful baby girl last month!  Happy FIRST Father’s Day George! June also ushers in National Eat your Vegetables Day (June 17th) and World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15th.)  This second date brings global attention to the problem of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of elders. Sadly in almost every one of MonarchCare’s guardianship clients we have uncovered some form of abuse.  Over the years we have highlighted many of our clients’ success stories in this e‑letter (archive editions can be found on our website.) Most of those stories are compelling because of the condition our clients were in when enrolled into a MonarchCare program. Here are some of the faces of our clients rescued from exploitation and abuse. Read on to learn more about how to develop strong social supports as one ages, a key component to avoiding elder abuse, and how MonarchCare fights elder abuse.
 

How We Help
Betty
Kathleen
Martin
“Lidia”
“Betty”
Frankie

How You Help

Your financial support of MonarchCare allows us to serve individuals who look just like the faces you see here. Last year MonarchCare served over 160 clients, providing more than 12,000 hours of intensive case management, daily money management and guardianship services. Our fiscal year ends on June 30th, so we will be preparing a new annual report shortly. Last minute donations always help to boost our final figures, as well as get us off to a healthy start for the new year. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to MonarchCare TODAY. Every penny of your support stays right here in South Florida. Who knows, our next client may be your neighbor or co-worker. Click here to support our work.

Did You Know?

June 17 has been designated as National Eat Your Vegetables Day! The month of June celebrates National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month and it is a perfect day to incorporate vegetables into each meal and continue on with this part of a healthy diet. When eating a diet consisting of the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, it may help lower the risk of heart diseases and Type 2 Diabetes. These diets may also help to decrease bone loss and protect against some cancers and prevent the formation of kidney stones. The USDA recommends Americans eat 3 to 5 servings of vegetables per day. For most vegetables, one serving is 1/2 to 1 cup. Click here for recipes, tips, what’s in season and more.

The National Plan Caring Council has a free online service called “Planning for Eldercare". Here is clip from their recent article Social Support Activities Lead to Better Quality of Life As One Ages. “How important is social support as a person ages? This may seem like an easy question to answer. Most people would not choose isolation and loneliness versus spending time with companions. However, can lack of social support really hinder a person’s overall quality of life? Lack of social support is related to negative impacts on health and well being, especially for older people. Having a variety of positive social supports can contribute to psychological and physical wellness of elderly individuals. Support from others can be important in reducing stress, increasing physical health and defeating psychological problems such as depression and anxiety.” Click here to read the entire article.

Upcoming Events

Start thinking about who to nominate for our 2015 Connector’s Coronation. The winners from last year will be there to crown the new Kings and Queens of networking on September 17th...so Save the Date! Being a great networker entails a lot more than attending events. It means you not only connect with the right people for your needs, but also see the value in going above and beyond to identify opportunities that help to connect others. MonarchCare has always valued this trait; one of our taglines is Professional Connections…Exceptional Solutions.

This FUNdraiser benefits MonarchCare’s efforts to prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation of children, adults and seniors who otherwise “fall through the cracks.” More information to come soon!

Pictured here are 4 of last year’s 6 winners:
Anne Warren, Paul Keefe, Harry Getzov and Sandra Colon

Please contact Knyvett Lee or call 954-720-2485 for more information.

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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,
MonarchCare Founder, CEO

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