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Mom And Me
by Lizzie and Pryce
Lizzie and Pryce answer your ques-
tions and give advice about aging
concerns from a two-generational
perspective. A mother and daughter
team, Lizzie is a retired RN and health
educator, and Pryce is a licensed psycho-
therapist in private practice who special-
izes in the care of elders and people with
Dear Mom & Me,
Last night on TV I heard that Sandra
Day O’Connor’s husband is in love with
another woman and she is thrilled and
happy for him. Unfortunately her hus-
band is in an Alzheimer’s living complex.
I am in the same position but am jeal-
ous when I visit him at his living complex.
When I visit they are sitting together,
holding hands and watching the world go
by. I know that they are not responsible
for their actions because of the disease,
and I am told they mean a great deal to
each other. My husband and his friend
are more contented, happier and less
hostile and are enjoying their lives.
Would you please help me to become
more loving and understanding like San-
dra Day O’Connor?
It sounds like you understand the situ-
ation but you are having a difficult time
accepting it. Acceptance is a choice. You
can choose to accept the situation and
focus on the positives. Cognitively in a
different place than you, your husband
is content. By your own observations
and staff comments your husband is less
hostile, enjoying life in the moment. Or
you can focus on the emotions of hurt
While I understand that these are nor-
mal feelings in situations of infidelity, your
situation is not normal, nor is it infidel-
ity. Brain illnesses in families, mothers,
fathers, wives and husbands challenge
families to love and care in different ways.
Perhaps in your situation (similar to
Sandra Day O’Connor’s), you must love
and care enough to let go.
Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most
feared in the 21st century. Nancy Reagan
said that it was a disease “with a long
No one knows how they will act and
deal with the news when a loved one is
Your reaction to his illness is a very
common one. It is an extremely difficult
situation and many professionals working
in the field call it a family illness – every-
one suffers. Your husband is not showing
behavior against you and, who knows, he
may even think his friend is you. He is no
longer the man you married because of
Sandra Day O’Connor is showing love
and kindness in an exceptional way; try if
you can to follow her example.
Lizzie and Pryce’s email address is
Kiwanis Donate To Lee School’s
Autism Sensory Room Program
The Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club has donated $1,500 to the School District
of Lee County to fund an autism sensory room. Terri Myles, autism program
specialist with the School District of Lee County, accepted the donation on
behalf of the program. The donation was funded by a $750 grant from the Florida
Kiwanis Foundation, which the Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club matched.
The funds will go towards the purchase of furniture and equipment to cre-
ate a sensory room for students with autism in the School District of Lee County.
Approximately, 1,100 students with autism spectrum disorder are currently enrolled
in the School District of Lee County. Twenty-seven of the 120 schools within the dis-
trict offer social communication programs to serve the specific needs of students with
autism. Of these schools, 15 have sensory rooms. Sensory rooms provide a welcom-
ing, calm space where students can self-calm and gain control.
The Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club is looking for more service-minded individuals and
business professionals who would like to make a direct impact on the community through
volunteering. Meetings are held every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m . in Fort Myers. For details
on joining the Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club, call club president Heather Chouinard
at 332-4440 or email Heather.Chouinard@IBERIABANK.com. The Metro-McGregor
Kiwanis Club can be found on Facebook or online at www.metro-mcgregor.com.
Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club Immediate Past-President Diane Connell presents a $1,500
check to Terri Myles to fund an autism sensory room in the School District of Lee County.
Dentist Donates 15,000 Toothbrushes
Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD, of Pediatric Dentistry of Fort Myers, gave away over
15,000 free toothbrushes during dental presentations in 2015. Children in
Lee, Collier, and Charlotte counties were the primary recipients. Over the
last two years Dr. Verwest has given away more than 35,000 toothbrushes.
“We’re really making a difference. The way our community outreach has been
received by the schools has been fantastic,” said Verwest, whose practice provides free
dental health and oral hygiene presentations to preschools, elementary and private
schools throughout Southwest Florida. Children lear n the importance of healthy eating
habits, dental facts, and the proper instruction on brushing their teeth.
Dr. Tim Verwest in vehicle he uses to promote his dentistry practice
After 45 days, and approxi-
mately 36,000 hours of the
ringing of the bells beside the
iconic Salvation Army Red Kettles,
The Salvation Army Fort Myers Area
Command announced the total collected
for the 2015 season is $525,740. Plus,
adding in the $200,000 challenge grant,
the combined total for the Red Kettle
Campaign in Lee County is $725,740.
Maj. Tim Gilliam, Area Commander
in Fort Myers, expresseed profound
gratitude to the community for their
amazing support of the important work
of The Salvation Army in the Lee County
“I never cease to be amazed at the
kindness and generosity of our donors. We
issued a challenge and they definitely rose
to meet it. I couldn’t be more proud or
more grateful,” said Gilliam. “We are also
extremely grateful to the Schultz Family
Foundation for their generous support.”
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