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ON THE ROAD AGAIN TO HAWAII . . .

I will be back in Hawaii next month to talk on caregiving and for the release of my new book from Watermark Publishing, “Echoes of Kapoho.”

Please check this column, my blog or Facebook page for updated schedules. For now, here is my schedule:

  • Thursday, Nov. 7, 10-11:45 a.m.: I will be at the Kau Rural Health Community Association, Inc., in Pahala at an event for caregivers. It is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, Kau Rural Health Community Association, Inc. and Watermark Publishing. Lunch will be served. The Kau Rural Health Community Association, Inc. is located at 96 Puahala St. Registration by Friday, Nov. 1, is required. Call Auntie Jessie or Auntie Theresa at (808) 928-0101 to register, or email Patrick Toal of the Alzheimer’s Association at patoal@alz.org.
  • Saturday, Nov. 9, 11:30 a.m.: I will be introducing my new book, “Echoes of Kapoho,” at Basically Books (1672 Kamehameha Ave.)

At 10 a.m. on that same day, I will be at the Hawaii Island Adult Care conference, speaking on caregiving from 10 – 11 a.m. Call Marcie Saquing at (808) 961-3747, ext. 107, for reservations.

I will also be traveling to Maui on this trip, giving lectures/workshops on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 20, 5-7 p.m. A lecture for the Alzheimer’s Association at: Maui Adult Day Care: 665 Kahalui Rd, Kahalui, Maui.

Call Christine Spencer for reservations at 808-591-2771: ext. 8235 or

Kathleen Couch at: 808-871-5804.

. Friday, Nov. 22: Keynote address at the 18th Maui Family Caregiver Conference sponsored by the Maui County Office on Aging at the Grand Wailea Resort. Call Vicki Belloumini at: (808) 270-7233 for details and reservations.

And, finally, O‘ahu book signing dates for “Echoes of Kapoho” are still being secured. Please check my Blog and Facebook page for the dates.

 

 

 

 

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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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I will be making my first visit to offer a caregiving workshop session on Maui next month. For those of you on Maui (or with family or friends there who could use some insight), please consider attending. Thank you to Lynsey and the Maui chapter of the Alzheimers Association for inviting me.

May 23, 2015 |  9am to 11am
Hale Mahaolu Elima Community Hall | 11 Mahaolu St. Kahului, Maui
(Please park in unnumbered stalls or outside of the housing facility along the road.)
For more information call Lynsey 242-8636 or Kathleen 871-5804

Refreshments provided for attendees
Open to the public. No reservation required.

FrancesMAY23

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