Happy Birthday, Mary!

By Julia Allen, Community Relations Manager



Mary's Big Smile!





Mary's Big Surprise!



We celebrate life at Cornerstone … especially when it is one of our favorite volunteers who turned 98 on May 7, 2012!


Mary Russell was totally surprised by a pot-luck lunch in her honor.  Lisa Gray, volunteer services manager, coordinated the event with lots of Cornerstone folks enjoying the festivities.  Mary has volunteered for us in several capacities for more than 20 years.  She was introduced to Cornerstone by another long-time volunteer, Flo Stowell. 


Mary loves being with us at the front desk on Wednesday mornings.  Even at 98, she drives herself to the Tavares office from Leesburg and greets our guests with a huge smile.  We all love Mary … and she loves us!


Thanks, Mary, for your dedicated service!



Community Corner

By Claire Gaynor, Community Relations Coordinator - Orange & Osceola



Even though May started off very hot and dry, the Memorial Day weekend ended up bringing much needed rain.  But that didn’t dampen any events as Alex Newsom and Sandy Yochem started the weekend off with a Veteran’s Salute program at the Westchester Assisted Living where 62 veterans were honored.


May included educational presentations to many different organizations including Meals on Wheels, Comfort Keepers, New Vision Church and Osceola Council on Aging.  Cornerstone Hospice co-sponsors education for 50+  CNA’s every other month and this month Sandy Yokem presented Infectious Disease Control that was well received.  WellCare Kissimmee invited Cornerstone Hospice to participate in its health fair and other health fairs included the Senior Expo in Orlando as well as FLGNA for nurses hosted by Sandy Yochem at the Renaissance Senior Center. All Chambers have been keeping busy with after hour events, quarterly luncheons and many networking groups.  It’s a great avenue to meet people who haven’t heard about our work in the community as well as networking with people in the business community.  At a recent event I was pleasantly surprised when someone, who has been in the health care industry a long time, gave Cornerstone Hospice a compliment by stating we have been making huge strides in both counties due to the quality of service provided to patients and the marketing efforts being made by both teams.   It has been a slow and steady process of making inroads and one continues daily.   



Community Relations

By Cheryl Rumbley, Community Relations Coordinator- Lake & Sumter


In May, Cornerstone’s Bereavement Department began a series of three experiential grief workshops centered on helping participants express their grief through art and color.  The first, The Color of Grief was held on May 11th and incorporated water color painting as a way for the participants to express their feelings.  Those in attendance were encouraged to use all the colors, darks, lights and brights in their paintings as no color is right nor wrong.  The second workshop on May 25th was entitled Unmasking Your Grief.  Each participant was given a blank mask to decorate with a collage of colors, photos, special words or phrases that expressed their thoughts.  The last workshop in this series, Giving Words to Our Grief, will be held on June 8th and will utilize journaling and expressing grief through words – the art of collecting thoughts and putting them down on paper in a very personal expression of emotions.  Participants are asked to bring special mementos or photos of their loved one that would be appropriate to personalize the front cover of their journal.   Several people have participated in the first two workshops and the comments have been positive and supportive.


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Julie Devlin unmasking herself.



The workshops are being lead by Julie Devin, a social worker intern for the bereavement department at the Tavares conference center and will be making their rounds in the other districts in the near future.  Julie added quotes by participants of the mask workshop as follows: 


Dian: "My mask is about...moving forward...after my mother's recent death, I am going to do these things to deal with that grief..."

Lu: "....being able to express myself via the mask...the butterfly as HOPE...."

Don Hires:  Grief....healing is almost imperceptible...

Rubie:  "....a wonderful process...a tribute to my husband...

Bobbie: "...these are memories...from a child's perspective..."

Bill:  "Get moving with the process...get it out and get the freedom..."

Myra:  "...it's colorful, in honor of my mother..."



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Samples of the masks created by participants in the Bereavement Department’s Grief Workshop.



Wells Fargo Presents $1,000 Grant to Cornerstone Hospice in The Villages


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Cornerstone Hospice was among 22 Central Florida non profit organizations receiving 2012 Community Partner grants recently. Pictured left to right:  Susan Bennett, Regional Development Director for Cornerstone Hospice and Sherene Smith, Store Manager for Wells Fargo Lady Lake Branch at a recent check presentation.




Check Presentation to Cornerstone Hospice Foundation from The Villages Way, Way, Way Off Broadway Players


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Check Presentation to Cornerstone Hospice Foundation from The Villages Way, Way, Way Off Broadway Players: shown left to right,  Desiree Coleman-Cohrn, Director of Planned & Major Gifts Cornerstone Hospice; Ray Leggiero, Director of WWW’s (Nov 16, 17 & 18 2012) Elvis Lives Show Scheduled For The Savannah Center; Carrol Neal, Director Of The Christian Food Pantry;  Elvis Presley, Famous Singer, Entertainer (A Poster Cut Out); John Manion, President Of WWWOBP (Kneeling); Lillian Riley, Treat The Troops (Aka The Cookie Lady); and Jim & Karen Donavan, Project Coordinators, Helping Hands



Wellness Committee

Submitted by Sandra S. Kenny, H.I.M. Supervisor


There are two types of UV rays: UV-A and UV-B. Over time, the effects of UV rays may help cause a number of eye problems. Read More

How to Protect Your Eyes from UV Rays ►With summer upon us, many of us will be spending even more time in the sun.  You can protect your eyes from UV rays in two important ways:   Know the dangers of UV rays, and  wear proper eye protection and hats that block UV rays.  UV rays can come from many directions.  They radiate directly from the sun, but they are also reflected from the ground, from water, snow, sand and other bright surfaces.

A wide brimmed hat or cap will block about half of UV rays.  A brimmed hat or cap can also limit UV rays that hit the eyes from above or around glasses.

Eyewear that absorbs UV rays gives you the most protection.  All types of eyewear, including prescription and non-prescription glasses, contact lenses and lens implants, should absorb UV-A and UV-B rays.  For UV protection in everyday eyewear, there are several options like UV-blocking lens materials, coatings and photo-chromic lenses.  UV protection does not cost a lot of money and does not get in the way of seeing clearly.

Sunglasses help you in two important ways.  They filter light and they protect your eyes from damaging UV rays.  Mounting evidence shows that exposure to UV rays can damage your eyes.  Long-term exposure to UV rays can lead to cataracts, macular degeneration or skin cancer around the eyelids.

Choose sunglasses that

·         reduce glare

·         filter out 99-100% of UV rays

·         protect your eyes

·         are comfortable to wear

·         do not distort colors.

Be aware that if you are at the beach or on the ski slopes, you should wear sunglasses with a darker tint to block more light.  Your risk of eye damage from the sun is greater because of reflection off the water and snow.

Sunglasses makers do not always attach a tag or label stating the amount of UV radiation that sunglasses block. Only buy sunglasses that provide a clear statement about how much UV radiation is blocked.

Children are at special risk from the harmful effects of UV rays, since their eyes do not have the same ability as adults to protect from UV radiation.

Here are some helpful suggestions for choosing sunglasses for children:

  • Check to make sure the sunglasses fit well and are not damaged,
  • Choose sunglasses that fit your child's lifestyle - the lenses should be impact resistant and should not pop out of the frames,
  • Choose lenses that are large enough to shield the eyes from most angles.
  • Find a wide-brimmed hat for your child to wear along with the sunglasses. This will give your child extra protection against the sun. Wearing a hat can cut in half the amount of UV rays that reach the eyes.

Enjoy your summer and take care of your eyes!  Brought to you by the Wellness Committee

What is rebalancing? How do I do it?

By Michael E. Metcalf, PHR, Human Resources Director



Rebalancing is resetting your proportion of stocks and bonds back to their original desired percentage.  Let’s say Arlene has $50,000 to invest and sets a portfolio asset allocation of 60% stocks and 40% bonds. To create her portfolio, she buys $30,000 (60% of $50k) of a stock fund and $20,000 (40% of $50k) of a bond fund.  At the end of the year the stock fund has risen 8% and the bond fund has gone down 5%.  Her portfolio is now worth $51,400.


Arlene notices that stocks now make up 63% of her portfolio instead of the original 60% she wanted. The bonds are now 37% of her portfolio instead of the original 40%.  She decides she wants to rebalance her portfolio so the asset allocation is reset to the same it was when she started


To do this, Arlene must sell some of the stock fund and use the money to buy more of the bond fund. She takes the new portfolio value ($51,400) multiplied by the stock allocation (60%) = $30,840, which is how much she should have in stocks. Since she now has $32,400 in stocks she has to sell a little ($32,400 – $30,840 = $1,560) of the stock fund and buy $1,560 of the bond fund.  Then her portfolio will be back to 60% stocks and 40% bonds.



Your Second Best Decision you can Make About Investing

Submitted by Michael E. Metcalf, PHR, Human Resources Director

From Edd Holder, PRP, AIF


How you choose to invest your funds has a big impact on retirement success


Almost everyone knows that common stocks have generated the best long-term returns for investors. Why then, shouldn’t you put everything you have into the stock market?


The short answer to that question is that stock prices go up, and they go down, sometimes in extreme ways. Hard experience has shown that it is very risky to be 100% invested in stock funds. Stocks, which are shares of ownership in a business, are subject to a number of risks that can have an impact on your returns. The economy, inflation, interest rates, and market competition can all cause a company’s value to rise or fall.


By the same token, you can’t avoid risk by being invested 100% in bonds, which historically have generated lower returns than stocks with much less volatility. When interest rates rise, the value of some types of bonds can fall, and vice versa. Instead, it makes sense to diversify your retirement savings among stocks, bonds and cash investments, so that unexpected movements in any one asset class are offset by movements in others—potentially smoothing out your returns over time. This strategy is called asset allocation. An asset allocation strategy can help you to accomplish three important goals:


§  It can help you ride out market ups and downs

§  It can let you adjust your exposure to risk

§  It can let you add diversity investment holdings


One of the major benefits of combining stocks and bonds in one portfolio is that it helps smooth the negative effects of recessions on investment returns, like the one we’ve just experienced. Research from Vanguard, a well-regarded mutual fund company, shows that when stocks and bonds were combined into an equally weighted portfolio, the portfolio experienced less risk than stocks alone, and still achieved an average annual return of 5.26% in all recessions between 1926 and 2008.



Quote of the Month:

Submitted by Vivian Norrell, RN – Clinical Liaison-Polk County



“The convenience view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.”                                  --John Kenneth Galbraith—