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JUNE 2012

ISSUE #133


WELCOME to the new edition of our newsletter! I hope that you find it to be informative, educational and entertaining. Mary Ann Sterling, Executive Director Happy GRAND-Father’s Day!

Support Group Meetings for June 2012 Tuesday, June 12th – Titusville Support Group Meeting 805 Century Medical Dr, Building B, Titusville. This group is partnered with Parrish Senior Solutions. 10:00 – 11:30 am Thursday, June 14th – Club Esteem Support Group Meeting 10:00 – 11:30 am. Grant Street Community Center (see notice below) Tuesday, June 19th – Central Brevard Support Group GRG of Brevard Office, NEW OFFICE– 123 Barton Blvd., Rockledge 09:30 – 11:00 am Thursday, June 28th – Beach Side Support Group. Memaw’s Restaurant, Indian Harbour Beach, 9:30 – 11:30 am (Breakfast is available at member's expense) South Brevard Support Group Meeting This support group is suspended at this time until further interest. Please contact the office for more info.

DON’T KNOW WHERE TO GO? CALL THE WARM-LINE! 321.631.7776 Get answers to questions on custody, guardianship, adoption issues, public benefits, legal services, support with groups and other community services. When you call, be prepared to leave a message and contact number.

E-NEWSLETTER Help us Go Green and be environmentally responsible. The newsletter can be delivered to you each month via email. This new capability could enable GRG to save up to $4,000 each year in paper and printing costs. If you would like to receive your newsletter via Email, send your name, current mailing address and the email address where you would like to receive the newsletter to

Club Esteem Meeting Location Change Due to the fire at Lipscomb Street Recreation Center, the GRG group that meets at Club Esteem will now hold their meetings at Grant Street Community Center (the gym), Grant Street in Melbourne. The date and time of the meetings did not change. The meetings are the 2nd Thursday at 10:00 A.M. This will be our temporary location until the damage has been repaired to the Lipscomb Street Recreation Center. Meetings will be held during the summer months this year! We will be having summer support group meetings. June will be regular meetings. July will be meetings with our grandchildren. We are planning activities such as bowling, skating, and other activities. Announcements with locations will be made via the newsletter, website, Face Book and Twitter – If you have questions please contact the office at 321.631.7776 or email

GRG OF BREVARD 123 Barton Blvd. Rockledge, FL 32955 321.631.7776 office • 321.848.8006 cell

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This information was taken from an article published in FLORIDA TODAY. – written by. Steven Podnos If you are thinking about applying: Begin three months prior to your 65th birthday and extending until three months after you birthday month, you have the opportunity to enroll in the various parts of Medicare without penalty. Everyone should do this except for the rare individuals still working and receiving generous health care coverage among their benefits. There are four classes of Medicare coverage. Part A covers hospital care, a limited amount of home health care and post-hospital rehabilitation stays, and hospice. It has no cost or premiums. Part B pays primarily for physicians’ fees and is subject to many copays and deductibles Part C is essentially a Medicare plan sponsored by an insurance company that covers both Part A and Part B expenses, often also with some other limited benefits (some drug coverage, sometimes dental and/or vision coverage). But, you must use the Medicare C plans’ providers and hospitals, and must follow other limitation of the plan. Part D is a Medicare drug coverage plan. Go to web site for more information.

Brevard Zoo And A Special Thanks To: Memaw’s Restaurants, Parrish Senior Center and Club Esteem who provide meeting space for our monthly support meetings. Our community partners who work by side with us to create a better world for children and families. Thanks too to our faithful volunteers and donors across the county.

Through the efforts of a great friend of GRG we have once again received six passes to the Brevard Zoo. The pass will get 2 adults and up to 4 grandchildren in free of charge. If you are interested you must request the pass and have it back in an allowed amount of time, so that other grandparents can utilize this great gift. Please call the office at 321.631.7776 and leave your name and telephone number to acquire the pass.


"What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies." ~ Rudolph Giuliani PAGE 2

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Summer Camp Assistance

This Month’s Shining Stars are the great grandchildren of David and Joyce Wright. Calar and CJ plan to have a great summer. TELL US ABOUT YOUR GRANDCHILDREN If your grandchild has had a special event or done something you would like to share please write an article. Send a picture along with the article as grandchildren like seeing themselves in print. Email: A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR BREVARD We have received a $5,000 grant through the fund partners of Community Foundation for Brevard. They congratulated us on the good work we are doing in the community. We wish to express our heartfelt thanks for such generosity.

HELPING HAND RESOURCES We have infant/toddler supplies available. These items were made possible by our grant from the Brevard County CBO. All supplies are new. Please take advantage of these wonderful items. Call the office for more information 321.631.7776.

We will have some assistance for summer camps so please let us know if you are making plans. First come first served. You must submit: Name and location of the camp Cost Name and ages of children Contact the GRG office at 321.631.7776

INFORMATION ABOUT AUTISM Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Facts about Autism 1 in 91 children is diagnosed with autism 1 in 94 boys is on the autism spectrum There are 24,000 new cases diagnosed in the U.S. per year, average of 67 daily More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. Autism is the most common of group of conditions called pervasive developmental disorders (PDDs). And involve delays in many areas of childhood development. The first signs of autism are usually noticed by the age of three. Many individuals who are autistic also develop epilepsy, a brain disorder that causes convulsive seizures, as they approach adulthood. Other characteristics may include repetitive and ritualistic behaviors, hand flapping, spinning or running in circles, excessive fears, self-injury such as head banging or biting, aggression, insensitivity to pain, temper tantrums, and sleeping and eating disturbances. ANGELS BRIDGING GAPS is an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) parent support organization dedicated to helping families by providing emotional support, education, socialization, and to serve as a resource to inform parents of community services, activities, programs, and available treatment options. Meetings are at theFirst Baptist Church of Malabar, 1665 Malabar Rd. in Malabar. Please contact: Jackie Yearby, Executive Director


UPCOMING GRG of Brevard EVENTS GRG of Brevard Open House – Postponed due to construction at the facility. Annual Children’s Summer Picnic – July 7, 2012 at Kiwanis Park, 520 Cswy Merritt Island (1/2 mile east of Merritt Square Mall) Please RSVP at 321-631-7776 or – please let us know how many children will be attending and their ages. Hamburgers, Hotdogs and Drinks will be provided, please bring a covered dish to share. PAGE 3

HELP THE GRANDPARENTS AND CHILDREN OF GRG OF BREVARD BECOME A MEMBER AND/OR FRIEND Grandparents Raising Grandchildren of Brevard County FL, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. All gifts are deductible on corporate, foundation and individual tax returns to the extent provided by state and federal laws. Members of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren of Brevard County, FL, Inc. receive our newsletter and invitations to events where they can meet others in similar situations

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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren of Brevard County, FL, Inc. 123 Barton Blvd. Rockledge, FL 32955



GRG of Brevard June 2012 Newsletter  
GRG of Brevard June 2012 Newsletter  

Monthly newsletter for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren of Brevard County, FL, Inc.