Oct 10, 2012

This Alzheimer's Caregiver is a Genius

This is a very good example of how one really wonderful Alzheimer's caregiver chose Joy over Burden.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

This Alzheimer's Caregiver is a Genius
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Yesterday I read an article that I can describe in one word, wonderful -- Alzheimer's caregiver finds social outlet at Farmers Market.

This is story about Florence Moditz and her beloved husband, Phillip, who lives with Alzheimer's disease (AD).

Like most of us Florence allowed Alzheimer's to define her life. For a while anyway.

Florence stayed home and stopped doing the things she loved to do. A self described go getter like many AD caregivers Florence dropped out of the world.

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In the article I read, Florence tells her stories like the time that Phillip almost burned down their home. Or, about Phillip's two car accidents.

We all have our stories don't we?

Finally, Florence looked in the mirror and said,

I don't see me.

What did she do?

Always good with crafts she started making aprons, pot holders, and microwave bags for baked potatoes. Stuff like that.

Then the stroke of genius happened. She decided to rent a booth at the Las Vegas Farmers Market and start selling the goods she made with her own hands. Sewing Just for You came into being.

It didn't stop there.

When Florence went to the Farmer's Market she took Phillip with her. This story is not about making money it is about

"camaraderie, talking with people, and getting out."

It is about living your life and saying "NO" to Alzheimer's disease.

This story gets better and better as you read it. But to get all the details you will have to click through to the original article -- Alzheimer's caregiver finds social outlet at Las Vegas Farmers Market.

Thanks to Jan Hogan of the Las Vegas Review-Journal for writing this wonderful story. It made my day.


On a personal note. I was elated when I read this story. I hope some of you will be encouraged to try something similar.

I was also saddened when I read this story. I wish I had read it 3 or 4 years ago.

I could easily envision Dotty and me with our own booth at the Delray Beach Farmers market on Saturday and Sunday.

We would have sold delicious chocolate cupcakes, TastyKakes, imported direct from our home town - Philadelphia.

Imagine Dotty sitting behind her little black cash box collecting the money.

Imagine Dotty spinning her wild and crazy tales to anyone that would listen.

"I'm a healthy old broad, I never took a pill in my life."

I heard that one hundreds of times, and everyone believed her. They also become happy and animated while speaking with Dotty.

I can image people coming from all over the place just to see and talk to Dotty once they heard about her. Oh yes, they would have heard about Dotty. Dotty was a magnet with that little impish smile, and her enthusiasm.

I wish I would have thought about doing something like Florence is doing.

I didn't.

Now its up to you to decide.

Burden or Joy?

Bob DeMarco
Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. The ARR knowledge base contains more than 3,811 articles with more than 306,100 links on the Internet. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.

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