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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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As caregivers, support each other without judgment
By Angela Lunde
Comments around my last posting on "pleasant dementia" varied considerably. Whether or nor what I wrote resonated with you, perhaps we all would agree that when you've met one person with Alzheimer's, you've met one person with Alzheimer's.
Similarly, when you've met one caregiver, you've met one caregiver. Each of us has our own lens through which we process our experiences, our situation and our life.
For those of you who are suffering, I know your suffering is real. I too have cried alongside a caregiver and witnessed the fear in persons living with Alzheimer's painfully aware that they're declining.
I've been in the company of persons in the late stages of a dementing illness and attended the funerals of many. In my own family, dementia profoundly changed the life and personality of a beloved relative; I witnessed his heart-wrenching journey and death in the prime of his life. I too have seen suffering and felt pain.
I choose to believe that on the other side of pain or suffering there is joy. I celebrate those who live with this disease in a place of contentment and even some moments of happiness. I rejoice with caregivers who have found a path toward acceptance, self-compassion and renewed meaning in their life.
My compassion flows for each of you who may be suffering and to those of you who feel unpleasant emotions nearly every day. It's not my intention to dismiss your experience or minimize the effects of those living with the disease.
We can't change or control the course of Alzheimer's, yet we can turn to one another as a source of empathy, understanding and wisdom. May we hold space for one another without judgment and trust that we're each doing the best we can.
In keeping with our gratitude focus for one more posting: Today I'm grateful for the birth of two new baby girls and their beautiful mother, Carla. I'm grateful for the family that lovingly surrounded a young father for the months leading up to his peaceful death a couple weeks ago. I'm grateful for the dirt under my fingernails, a sure sign that spring has arrived and a remainder of the impermanence that is life.blog index Next page