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  • At the Senior Fair - An Alzheimer's Awareness Poem

    November is both National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers’ Month. To commemorate this occasion, every week we will be posting a poem by Frances H. Kakugawa, author of Mosaic Moon and Wordsworth Dances the Waltz, titles aimed at helping caregivers and families cope with the stress of caring for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

    Says Frances:

    Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most baffling and arduous journeys for caregivers and loved ones. Even while we are burdened with the everyday stresses, like cleaning up BM and repeating the same thing over and over until we want to scream, we need discover how to muddle through so dignity and honor can be preserved. It becomes our mission to give care to ourselves so our loved ones can in turn, receive the best from us. Writing can give us that way to care for ourselves.

    This excerpt from the poem "Senior Fair" captures Frances' thoughts as she takes a shift in the Alzheimer's Association's booth at a senior health expo. "Senior Fair" can be found in its entirety in Mosaic Moon: Caregiving Through Poetry.

    We invite you to share these weekly poems and graphics via Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter — or however else you like — and help us raise awareness that as difficult as it may be to cope with Alzheimer’s and caring for loved ones, there are resources to provide help. Many families struggle with finding effective ways to deal with the burdens of caring for older relatives suffering from Alzheimer’s. Author Frances Kakugawa offers a simple start: Wouldn’t the caregiving experience be better if we started by treating our loved ones with dignity? If we remembered who they are as people, instead of only being frustrated that they don’t remember what we just said?

  • November is Nat'l Alzheimer's Awareness and Nat'l Family Caregivers Month

    November is both National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers’ Month. To commemorate this occasion, every week we will be posting a poem by Frances H. Kakugawa, author of Mosaic Moon and Wordsworth Dances the Waltz, titles aimed at helping caregivers and families cope with the stress of caring for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

    In Hawai‘i, although many families share multi-generational homes, caregivers often have difficulty finding effective ways to deal with the burdens of caring for older relatives suffering from Alzheimer’s. The experience can be stressful and frustrating, as well as confusing for young children, and Frances strives to help families better cope with the changed “new” person in their lives.

    To start off our series of posts, here is an excerpt from Frances' poem, "Emily Dickinson, I'm Somebody," which can be found in its entirety in Mosaic Moon.

    All of Frances' books are 35% off at our online store through the end of November. Use coupon code ALZCARE12 during checkout to claim the discount.

    Frances will be making a number of appearances throughout November. Visit our website for her schedule.

  • Poetry Overpowering Alzheimer's

    Frances with Howard Garval, president & CEO of CFS Hawaii.

    Earlier this month, author Frances Kakugawa presented a lecture and writing session for the Hawaii Child and Family Services Gerontology Department. Watermark donated sets of her books for CFS and host venue 15 Craigside (a continuing care retirement community) as resources for their communities. Frances is an advocate of the power of poetry to enrich the lives of children, the elderly and those who care for them. Writing—poetry and journaling in particular—helped her cope with the stresses of caring for her Alzheimer's-stricken mother. In Mosaic Moon and Breaking the Silence, Frances collects her own poems, and those of other caregivers, along with advice for using writing as a therapy tool.

    At the CFS presentation, Frances read several poems from Mosaic Moon and Breaking the Silence, and talked about how to preserve dignity in those we care for.

    Frances wrote on her blog:

    Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most baffling and arduous journeys for caregivers and loved ones. Even while we are burdened with the everyday stresses, like cleaning up BM and repeating the same thing over and over until we want to scream, we need discover how to muddle through so dignity and honor can be preserved. It becomes our mission to give care to ourselves so our loved ones can in turn, receive the best from us. Writing can give us that way to care for ourselves.

    The process of writing forces us to make decisions about ourselves as we search for appropriate words, feelings, ideas, and thoughts, letting our true inner voice that wants to be heard, be heard.

    We recorded parts of Frances' presentation and created these videos to share some of her poems, and also one from a workshop participant, Rod Masumoto. Please take some time to click over to Frances' blog to read more about each poem.

    "Oscar Time" (read blog post)

    "Diagnosis: Genius Rejected" (read blog post)

    "What Do I Feel?" by Rod Masumoto (read blog post)

    "Dylan Thomas, We Did Not Go Gentle Into that Night" (read blog post)

    Frances offers lectures and workshops for community groups, health care providers and schools, both for children and adults. Visit her website for more information on how to book her for a presentation.

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