Posts Tagged ‘I Am Somebody’

frances aveI was in Modesto this morning to give my “I Am Somebody” session to a room filled with the most caring caregivers, post and present, and I’m so tempted to tell you I am so famous in Modesto that the mayor changed a street sign in my honor, but if I said this, my nose would grow longer than Pinocchio’s.

frances on frances ave


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I Am SomebodyIt’s here!

My new book, I Am Somebody: Bringing Dignity and Compassion to Alzheimer’s Caregiving, is available for purchase direct from my publisher at http://www.bookshawaii.net or at Amazon.com (use this link or search for my name to find it faster). It is just in time for National Alzheimer’s Awareness and National Family Caregivers Month, both of which are November. If you are new to caregiving or you know someone who is, I hope you will find this book helpful. If you have been a caregiver for some time, this book is different from my earlier ones because I also include chapters that discuss the end of caregiving. (If you are looking for it in the bookstores, it will take a few more weeks.)

Here is the official book description:

The challenges of Alzheimer’s disease—the physical burdens, financial costs, emotional turmoil and family strife—can reduce our loved one to a “he” or a “she,” a person almost devoid of humanity. As caregivers, our lives revolve around the basics, like doctor’s appointments and dressing, feeding and cleaning up after our loved ones. Their life becomes our life; our life becomes theirs. But who are they now that this disease has taken over? And just as important, who are we? In I Am Somebody: Bringing Dignity and Compassion to Alzheimer’s Caregiving, dignity-in-caregiving advocate Frances H. Kakugawa presents a new vision of caregiving.

And here is a list of the chapters in the book to give you an idea of what topics I cover:

  • ONE | Welcome, Caregivers!
  • TWO | I Am Somebody
  • THREE | Our 24-Hour Day: Days and Nights in the Lives of Loved Ones and Their Caregivers
  • FOUR | Caregiver into Poet-Caregiver
  • FIVE | Two Normal Worlds
  • SIX | Conversations: Can We Talk?
  • SEVEN | Cultural and Social Beliefs
  • EIGHT | Humor, Imagination and Storytelling
  • NINE | Family
  • TEN | Put Me in a Nursing Home
  • ELEVEN | On Death and Dying
  • TWELVE | Life After Caregiving

I must thank the eleven other caregivers who have generously and bravely shared their poetry and journal entries with me and now the world: Linda Donahue, Jason Kimura, Rod Masumoto, Jody Mishan, Eugenie Mitchell, Linda Nagata, Elaine Okazaki, Bob Oyafuso, Red Slider, Mary Swisher and Setsuko Yoshida; and I extend my deepest gratitude to their loved ones as well. Thank you for allowing me to share your experiences in the hope of helping others. Your willingness to take us into your private world to help preserve the true essence of what it means to be a caregiver is indeed a gift to all.

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Yes, please make a line twice around the block.

from: a shameless dreamer

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2013 Training  Conference by  Brookdale National Group Respite Program

I was honored to give the keynote address  and two workshops  at the 2013 Brookdale National Group Training Conference in Denver, CO.

Keynote address: I Am Somebody: Dignity in Caregiving

Workshop 1: Poetry Writing

Workshop 2: Children and Family Members with Alzheimer’s Disease

fk audience-1DEnver pic

What a pleasure to be in the company of devoted health professionals from denver pic 2about 30 different states. My gratitude to Carmen Mendieta and Mary Asenjo and their staff for this inspiring and informational conference and for inviting me, for the second time, to speak at their conference.

Reading Wordsworth Dances the Waltz

photos by Victor Biggs


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