When you spend your days giving care to a wife, husband, mom or other loved one, it’s especially surprising when someone wants to give to you.
Two Toledo caregivers will be treated to an “Extreme Makover” Nov. 5 at the Area Office on Aging’s 4th Annual Caregiver Expo, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the SeaGate Convention Centre, Toledo.
WTOL’s Chrys Peterson will emcee the event, which will also feature keynote speaker Grammy nominated songwriter and singer Karen Taylor-Good, who will sing and speak of her caregiving journey. There will also be 80 exhibitors, lunch and more. Admission is free.
The two caregivers are Alice Vines, 67, who cares for her 91-year-old mother, and Frank Plewa, 79, who cares for his 74-year-old wife.
While being shocked at first, the two quickly decided that being treated to a hairdo and a new outfit was a great idea and something they would really enjoy.
Image consultant Louise Kahle, recently took Alice and Frank shopping for their makeover outfits. The pair will be treated to new hairdos at Kevin Charles Salon before the Caregiver Expo.
Alice and Frank’s new looks will be “revealed” at 1 p.m. at the expo. An additional caregiver who attends the event will win a makeover to be done at a later date.
While Alice’s mother still lives on her own, Alice stops by to see her almost daily, takes her to appointments and shopping, and does her banking and other paperwork. They also have a lot of fun.
Alice says she wants to care for her mother because her mother was always good to her and Alice’s nine siblings. “She always did such good things for us,” she said. “When I was a kid, I thought I would do good things for her when we grew up. So my goal is realized – she is my hero!”
She adds that caring for her mother isn’t without its challenges. She says that she is now more like a sister to her mother. “I regret losing my place as a daughter – it saddens me.”
Frank also says he is happy to be able to care for his wife, Jane, of 55 years; but, he misses having his wife as his partner in fun and pleasurable activities. Jane had a stroke that paralyzed her entire right side, which has made it impossible for her to care for herself. Frank takes care of the household and helps Jane with everything she needs.
Through it all, Frank keeps his sense of humor and says that he while he was shocked to learn he had been chosen to have a makeover, he’s anticipating the whole thing to be a “lot of fun.”
For more information about the Caregiver Expo, call the Area Office on Aging at 800-472-7277 or visit http://www.areaofficeonaging.com.