Share the Care, Inc

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

March 2015

407.423.5311 (phone)

A Few Words from Mary Ellen

Have you ever been robbed?  For example, has your car or home ever been broken into and things were taken?  I hope you haven't but I have.  In college someone broke into my apartment and stole my stereo.  And even worse, my favorite Blondie album was on the turn table and they took that too!  I was livid!  How dare they come into my space and take my things.


Recently, a close friend of mine had his car broken into, at night in his own driveway.  He called me that morning and boy was he mad.  They took his brief case and his planner which had all of his information both personal and work related.  There wasn't a lot I could say.  I know how it feels to have your space violated.  Nothing I could say could make it better but I did say, "I know how it feels when something bad happens, beyond your control, but you have to live with the consequences none the less...what can I do to make it easier?"


We humans live in a very well orchestrated state of denial.  We think that if we do our due diligence, keep our ducks in a row, we will be fine.  Damn all the confounding circumstances like bad people, illness, economic down swings etc.  We think we have it all under control.  We don't.


I think that sometimes family caregivers have the "I've been robbed" feeling.  What happened to their well planned retirement, their successful career, their healthy Moms, Dads, Husbands or Wives?  The often unchosen choice to be the caregiver confounds all that.  How did this happen?  What did I do to deserve this?


There is really no good answer except one and that is - stuff happens.  There are a variety of trite sayings that address this situation like "make a plan and hear God laughing" or "it's not what happens to us but how we handle it that matters."  Maybe the reality should be, "you have every reason to be upset but are you going to let it destroy you?"  How can you regain some of the control you have lost to an out-of-control situation?  Can you work past the anger and achieve some comfort in your new reality?


As you know, Share the Care is here for you.  We know you are dealing with very stressful circumstances.  We acknowledge your right to be upset.  It's true that you will never get back many of the things that have been taken from you.  It isn't fair.  But remember that there is help.  We can assist you as you try to make order out of chaos.


Mary Ellen

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2015 Caregiver Cabinet

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2015 Caregiver Cabinet in Tallahassee. This event is so important because it allows state lawmakers to put a face and a story to the line item in the budget that funds ADI/Caregiver Respite services. We appreciate the time that each Legislator and their staff spent with us, and a special thank you to Representative Mark Pafford (pictured with the group above) for hosting us this year.

Visit our Facebook page to see more pictures from the Caregiver Cabinet.
Mardi Gras Casino Night

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2015 Mardi Gras Casino Night a success!



Valentine & Company

Judy Kahan-Davis and Elliott Davis

Meals on Wheels, Etc.

Mark Abramson-UBS Financial Services

Compass Research

Community Donations

Abacos Salon & Spa

Mark Abramson

Sue Crampton

Dubsdread Golf Course

Dynasty Gallery & Gifts


Amna Nadeem

PRP Wine International

Ripley's Believe It or Not Orlando   

Rogue Pub

Roy's Hawaiian Restaurant

SAK Comedy Lab    

The Taproom at Dubsdread

Felicity Tay at Salon 88

Morris Weiner

We couldn't have done this without your support!

Pictures from the event:

Visit our Facebook page to see more pictures.
Adult Day Care Center Updates
Click on the Center of Your Choice to Link to the March Updates for that location:


In This Issue
Caregivers and the Arts Study
Caregiver Cabinet
Mardi Gras Casino Night
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.

"Times of transition are strenuous, but I love them. They are an opportunity to purge, rethink priorities, and be intentional about new habits. We can make our new normal any way we want. "


-Kristin Armstrong 




Share the Care Adult Day Centers and Administrative Office will be closed on Good Friday - April 3rd

Share the Care would like to thank those families and individuals who have made donations to us in memory of their loved-one in January and February.


We remember...

Daniel Case

Jim Deakins

Paul Radow


Look What's Happening 
at our Adult Day Centers:

To see what each center has planned for the month of March, visit our website and click on the activity calender located in each center's section.

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Call 407.423.5311 or email us at to find out how we can best serve you and your loved ones.