This Saturday afternoon, March 2nd from 2:00-4:00 p.m., I’ll be at the charming Webster Groves Bookshop (the little bookshop on the corner) to chat with visitors about Alzheimer’s caregiving and to pass out hugs – both Hershey’s and real live ones. Caregivers definitely need hugs, so if you know one please show them a little love! Poems That Come to Mind, as well as Cherry Blossoms in Twilight, will be available for purchase. I’ll have special business-card size notes with me that family and friends can pass to store clerks or restaurant servers, etc., so they can quietly be made aware there is an Alzheimer’s-dementia patient in their presence and to please be patient and understanding.
I’ll also have cards about the Memory People Facebook group, an awesomely supportive private group of both those with dementia and their caregivers – they listen to joys and sorrows and screams with love and understanding, and everyone is so willing to give tips and advice on what worked (or didn’t) for them. And listening to Alzheimer patients explain what life is like for them is truly illuminating. Rick Phelps, who has Alzheimer’s, is the founder of Memory People and author of While I Still Can about his journey with early-onset Alzheimer’s. No, Alzheimer’s is not just the old-timer’s disease. People in their 40s can start showing symptoms, too!
Pass this booksigning/chat information on to anyone you know in the St. Louis area who has an Alzheimer’s/dementia patient in their family. I’ll be glad to give them a hug and talk with them about their own experiences. And maybe send them out with a poem in their heart.
100 W Lockwood
Webster Groves, MO 63119
(corner of Lockwood and Gore)