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Levy's Fashion Show Raises Awareness of Alzheimer's

By: Mark Tenia Email
By: Mark Tenia Email

April 20, 2010

A prominent author stopped by Charlottesville Tuesday night to make a public effort to bring attention to a private and painful issue for many families.

Jeannette Barron has a new book called My Mother's Clothes, which details her experience as her mother suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

The Alzheimer's Association said connections are a great way of helping those with the disease stay connected to the world. For Barron, fashion helped her stay connected to her mother.

Barron's national book tour has taken her to cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. But Barron has a personal connection with Charlottesville, a place her mother called home for more than 20 years.

Her book pays homage and serves as a link to her mother, as she descended into the confusion of Alzheimer's. Barron's mother was a dedicated fan of the hottest trends and brands in the world of fashion. For years, she shopped at Levy's in Charlottesville. Tuesday, the store held a fashion show to raise money for Alzheimer's and to publicize the new book.

"It did help me a great deal, to kind of just process all of the emotions, and then to remember her and to celebrate her life," Barron said. "It became a very happy thing at the end."

Barron's book is just one of the many stories of families dealing with Alzheimer's, but she said she hopes her story will bring some light to what may seem like such a dark time for those dealing with the disease.

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