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Thank you, Lynsey Capone-Smith, of the Alzheimer’s Assoc., for hosting my lecture on Maui. She shared her thoughts over her first cup of coffee: “I’m meeting a rock star today.” Lynsey, that went straight to my head. Imagine putting me in with rock stars.

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Me, with Lynsey Capone-Smith of the Alzheimer’s Association Maui office.

From every audience, special people offer remarkable stories. Before the lecture, a man explained, “I’m not a caregiver; I’m being proactive by being ready when it comes.”

“You are not only being proactive,” I said. “You are also very wise.”

A young man wept and questioned: “Why aren’t there classes so people like my parents can understand those who come down with dementia? My parents just didn’t get it when my grandma got dementia and she was treated very badly. I tried to make my parents understand but nothing I said worked. No one listened and I feel so badly for my grandma.”

“First,” I said, “I hope you know that you are that link in your family to continue this legacy I spoke of, that legacy of preserving what it means to be a kind and compassionate human being, and I commend you for this. You are what your parents weren’t able to do. Some of us are not meant to be caregivers.”

To the gentleman who said my lecture was like a good song that needs to be heard over and over again, thank you for hearing me again.

A woman who cares for others in her home held both my hands tightly and thanked me: “I didn’t know a caregiver was important until I heard you today. I never told people I was a caregiver, I was sort of ashamed. You made me so proud of what I do. Thank you.”

So thank you, Lynsey, for a heart-warming gathering.

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