Monday, January 28, 2013

A heartwarming letter from Rina's family

Welcome to our kick off of Memories Monday!

It is important to reflect. Memory Mondays give us an opportunity to thank others and refresh ourselves on how we became what we are today. Who can think of a more encouraging way to start the week?

Today we want to thank Maria Arce and Elizabeth Arce-Ocampa. These two lovely ladies took the time to write us a very heart warming thank you note, so we want to thank them in return! They have said it is okay to share their note, so feel free to read it below.

Our mother, Rina, has been going to Easter Seals Day Break for three years and it has been a blessing. She has Alzheimer’s and needs a place that can meet her specific needs. My sister and I are so happy to have found this wonderful place for our mother. When we are at work, our minds are at peace because she is well cared for and safe. We know she loves it there.

The director, Jody Hampton and her staff are amazing. Jody is extremely knowledgeable in the field of care giving. She's comforting, energetic, focused, and efficient. She listens and works with the caregivers, which is very important. She always has time to update us. In addition, the staff members are attentive and dedicated.  

We feel the activities at Easter Seals Day Break have helped to slow down the Alzheimer’s. The staff helps our mother during lunch to make sure she has eaten and helps her with her personal needs. She has the opportunity to exercise, with supervision, on a Geri Walker, which is great for her arthritis. We are always told how she enjoys the quest speakers and how she can participate on her level or just observe. The interaction with others, plus the sights and sounds, keep her mind stimulated. The nurse is another benefit of Easter Seals, she helps with medications so there is less for us to do at home.

Finally, my sister and I are fortunate to have found Easter Seals Day Break. We are still able to keep our mother with us and she continues to enjoy life at her pace and own level.

Thank you,

Maria Arce & Elizabeth Arce-Ocampo

We are so pleased to have made a difference in these lives. They brighten our days too. Thank you for joining us on Memories Monday. Have a lovely week! 

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Answer for Emilyann - The Friendly's Event

Hi Emilyann!

Thank you so much for your interest in the Friendly's event. That is a great question. The event is currently running and will end on February 14th. Here is a list of the participating Florida restaurants:

Delray Beach - Military Trail - FL
Indian Harbor Beach-E. Eau Gallie Blvd-FL
Orlando-International Dr-FL
Palm Springs-S. Congress Ave.-FL
Port St. Lucie-N. W. Peacock Blvd-FL
Royal Palm Beach-No. State-FL

Think Fabulous… Think Friendly’s

Feeling Fabulous Friday!

We hope you are feeling fabulous on this lovely Friday. Easter Seals Florida is definitely feeling fabulous! We are excited about wonderful things happening in our local communities and feeling grateful for so much support. The Easter Seals mission to help people living with autism and other disabilities live, learn, work and play in our communities is powerful, but the act of implementing this mission is even more amazing. We could not do that without the help of volunteers, donors and sponsors.

Today we are feeling fabulous about ice cream scoops at Friendly’s. Friendly's is again supporting Easter Seals Camp Friendly’s through its annual Valentine Cones for Kids Campaign! From January 14 - February 14, 2013, Friendly’s Restaurants will be offering 5 Valentine Certificates good for FREE kids cones and a buy-one-get-one free adult entree as a thank you gift to restaurant guests who make a $1 donation to Easter Seals.

We have a long history with Friendly’s. Friendly’s has supported Easter Seals since 1981 with more than $27 million through Cones for Kids.
With the help of generous consumers, 25 Easter Seals affiliate organizations have benefited from this powerful campaign created by Friendly’s Restaurants up and down the East Coast.

Remember to drop by for a scoop and show support. Thank you Friendly’s!
Have an awesome Friday everyone J


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Health Care for Adults with Autism

Recently there has been a lot of discussion surrounding a need for improvement of healthcare for adults with autism. According to news articles such as Many Adults With Autism UnhappyWith Their Health Care, researchers at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) have presented findings that adults with autism are experiencing higher levels of unmet health needs than adults without autism.

Photo Credit: Kurhan

Fortunately their situation is not going unnoticed. Though we are all discouraged by these reports, there are solutions and resources ready to help.  Adults with autism report significant shortcomings in their health care, a press release issued by the Autism Society of America, recently addressed the same report. Autism Society of America brought to light a grant given to AASPIRE by the National Institute of Mental Health aimed at creative interactive toolkit to improve primary care services for adults on the autism spectrum. AASPIRE is calling for participants. The first step in progress is to get involved.
There are also some preventative measures to be considered if you are a caregiver thinking of your child’s future. The SpecialCare (sm)Program designed by the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) offers information, solutions and specialists to help you address many of the issues you face daily. MassMutual's team of financial professionals certified in SpecialCare can help you design a life plan that will assure the future financial security of your loved one with disabilities.

Wishing everyone a wonderful day!

~Easter Seals Florida

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