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Giving with care

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By Amy Ryffel-Kragh

“Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” — Planting Seeds of Hope was the theme of the annual Caregiver Day luncheon.

The event, earlier this week, gave caregivers a chance to chat with one another and relax.

With yellow daisies as the centerpiece, guests sat down at the pastel covered tables.

Clarice Furst was one of them. “I’m very impressed,” she said of the event, “It’s amazing.”

It was her first time attending, but she quickly got comfortable among the large crowd. Furst, who is a caregiver for her husband, George, sat with a neighbor who she did not except to be there and a group of other people she knew.

More than 180 people turned out for the event, which was sponsored by the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance for Education and Support, Inc. (ADAES) and more than 25 other businesses and organizations.

The free event was at Hospice of Marion County.

The ADAES was founded by Marion County resident, Terrie Hardison, according to the organization’s Web site.

For more information, visit www.adaesinc.org.