From the President & CEO

Summer 2017              Karen Ripper, RN, MBA
                                       President & CEO

Dear Friend,

Thank you for your valuable past support which has extended a lifeline to vulnerable seniors in our care.  I am again asking you to help those living with Alzheimer’s and other debilitating illnesses.   Read Allan’s story.   Then, please consider a tax-deductible gift to the Council on Aging at the Kane Center to help him and others.

Diagnosed at the age of 57, Alzheimer’s drew a “Before” and “After” dividing line in Allan’s life.

Before:  Allan served 17 years as a court bailiff with the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.  His prior 23-year career in the Army prepared him to serve his community.  A veteran of both Desert Storm and Desert Shield, Allan lived with discipline, teamwork and dedication to something larger than himself. 

“My father had always been so keen and focused,” his daughter Shanna remembers. “But, we began to notice he was forgetting things and had difficulty following conversation, which wasn’t like him at all.”

His family was worried and wanted answers.  But, they didn’t expect the answer to be Alzheimer’s Disease. 

After:  When the disease rapidly progressed, Shanna quit teaching and moved in with her parents to help care for her father.  “He’d lost his independence.  He’d just sit and watch TV.  That’s not the life I want for my dad.” 

A friend from the Sheriff’s office led the family to the adult day care program at the Kane Center.

"Adult day care gives my dad a reason to get up in the morning and the dignity that he deserves.”

Our adult day care program not only provides the supervision and care that Allan now needs, it provides medical monitoring and medication management, activities designed to engage and entertain, plus socialization with his peers and compatriots.  Today, the center provides daytime care for over 40 veterans who have served in WWII, Vietnam or the Middle East conflicts.

Allan’s favorite part of his day at the Kane Center is... “interacting with the other soldiers.” 

Always:  Your donation can ensure the Council on Aging is always a vital lifeline for seniors and families living with the consequences of a progressive illness.  That lifeline includes adult day care, Meals on Wheels, care management, caregiver resources and primary medical care. Please continue this lifeline through your gift!

Thank you for your consideration of a tax-deductible gift to our 501 (c) (3) charity.  I hope you are well!

Sincerely,

Karen Ripper, RN, MBA
President & CEO

Yes, I'd like to make a tax-deductible contribution to support the programs and services of the Council on Aging of Martin County!

A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES ONLINE AT www.800helpfla.com OR BY CALLING TOLL FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE.  REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.  THE COUNCIL ON AGING OF MARTIN COUNTY’S SOLICITATION REGISTRATION NUMBER IS CH2307.

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