Alzheimer's: Welcome to our new blogBy Mayo Clinic staff
Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/alzheimers/AZ00051
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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.
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Alzheimer's: Welcome to our new blog
By Angela Lunde
Welcome to our new blog from the Alzheimer's Center at MayoClinic.com. I am excited and encouraged about the possibilities we can create by this endeavor.
For many years at the Mayo Clinic's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, I have been fortunate to facilitate groups for persons in the early stages of a dementia, as well as groups for their care partners.
Most often these care partners are husbands and wives, daughters, daughters-in-law, and sometimes sons, grandchildren and friends. Through this experience, I have discovered that the statement "about 5 million people are affected by Alzheimer's" is, in part, a myth. In truth, 5 million people may have the disease, but millions more are affected through the gradual loss of their spouse, partner, friend, confidant, and loved one.
Dementia, devastatingly, is a disorder that isolates those affected (both the person with the disease and their care partner). But in the modern world of MySpace, Facebook and other blogs, there is a new way to make connections, to reach out, to share common experiences such as grief, humor, despair, and hope. My belief is that this new blog can serve to bind us together on the shared journey we call Alzheimer's disease or other dementia. I invite you to share some part of your story and hear from others that you are not alone.blog index