Letting go through writing helps caregiversBy Mayo Clinic staff
Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/alzheimers-caregivers/MY01636
- With Mayo Clinic health education outreach coordinator
Angela Lunderead biographyclose window
Angela LundeAngela LundeAngela Lunde is a dementia education specialist in the education core of Mayo Clinic's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at the Abigail Van Buren Alzheimer's Disease Research Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
The transfer of information about dementias, as well as understanding the need for participation in clinical trials, is an essential component of the education core.
Angela is a member of the Alzheimer's Association board of directors and co-chair of the annual Minnesota Dementia Conference. She is a member of the Dementia Behavior Assessment and Response Team (D-BART), a multidisciplinary outreach service assisting professional and family caregivers in understanding and managing difficult behaviors often present in dementia. She facilitates several support groups, including Memory Club, an early-stage education and support series, and more recently, helped to develop and now deliver Healthy Action to Benefit Independence and Thinking (HABIT), a 10-day cognitive rehab and wellness program for people with mild cognitive impairment.
Angela takes a personal interest in understanding the complex changes that take place within relationships and among families when dementia is present. She is particularly interested in providing innovative and accessible ways for people with dementia and their families to receive information and participate in valuable programs that promote well-being.
"Amid a devastating disease, there are tools, therapies, programs and ways to cope, and it is vital that families are connected to these resources," she says.
- A holiday message: Embracing grief can help you find the light of love
Dec. 7, 2013
- Tips for caregivers to help lessen the guilt
Nov. 12, 2013
- Undeserved guilt often trips up dementia caregivers
Oct. 29, 2013
- Alzheimer's caregivers benefit from more self-compassion
Oct. 16, 2013
- Caregiver finds a way to love and let go at same time
Oct. 1, 2013
Dec. 28, 2010
Letting go through writing helps caregivers
By Angela Lunde
As I look over the posts from many of you over the past year, I'm overjoyed by the support, advice, experiences and heartfelt stories you've shared with one another.
There are no easy answers, and loving someone with a disease like Alzheimer's brings with it sadness, anger, grief and uncertainly. Yet, I hope this blog has offered many of you a place to share your feelings candidly and without judgment. Often it is through the process of writing that we become aware of the surge of emotions we have locked within us. Letting go (through writing and/or journaling) helps free us from the negative impact unexpressed emotions can have.
In addition, I hope that this blog has been a place where you recognize that your experiences are shared by others who really do care and understand. Finally, I hope that a few of you felt empowered or inspired by what someone else offered through their words. Please continue to come back often in 2011, a community of support will be waiting.
Yours in Support,
"When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight." — Kahlil Gibranblog index