Kakugawa to give lecture workshop in Hilo on Thursday
Discussion focus is on aging, Alzheimer’s and her new book, ‘Breaking the Silence: A Caregiver’s Voice’
Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 9:19 AM HST
Kapoho-born Frances Kakugawa, educator, poet and published author, has a new published book titled “Breaking the Silence: A Caregiver’s Voice.”
“Breaking the Silence” is her third book on caregiving and the elderly. Her other books on this subject are “Mosaic Moon: Caregiving Through Poetry” and an illustrated children’s book called “Wordsworth Dances the Waltz” that won Best Children’s Book from the Northern California Publishers/Authors.
Kakugawa will be at the Aging and Disability Resource Center at 1055 Kinoole St., on Thursday, presenting a lecture workshop, “Dignity in Aging: A Caregiver’s Voice.”
To register as a participant and find out program details, please call Services For Seniors at 935-1144.
Kakugawa will take participants on her own personal journey through poetry and experiences, on how she rose above the burden of care while caregiving for her mother who had Alzheimer’s disease.
She will discuss lessons learned, and the choices confronting caregivers to either succumb to the realities of caregiving or “to live with that small light of our own humanity by offering our loved ones the dignity in living.” She will work with participants who are interested in bringing dignity and understanding in caregiving through writing.
Kakugawa was named one of the outstanding women of the 20th century in Hawaii and received the Hawaii Pacific Gerontology Society Award for her work with the elderly.
She lectures and gives workshops throughout the United States.