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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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Oct. 9, 2007
Frontotemporal dementia comes to fore
By Angela Lunde
I am finding your stories compelling, full of insight, experience, pain and compassion, and I am pleased to hear how much you appreciate reading the stories of one another.
In a previous posting, I mentioned that there are many forms of dementia, and although Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 percent to 70 percent of cases of dementia, other disorders that cause dementia include: vascular dementia, Parkinson's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementia.
In the early stages of these diseases, there can be some clear distinctions between each of them. However, late in the disease all dementias appear more alike than different. I bring this up again, because some of you may have seen news stories recently of U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici of New Mexico announcing his retirement because he has been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD).
Sad proof yet again, that dementia knows no bounds of status, ethnicity, or gender. There are so many ironies in this disease. In this case the irony is that Sen. Domenici worked so hard for many years for mental health parity, in other words, equal attention and treatment of mental and physical disorders. Now he appears afflicted with a form of dementia that will initially affect his personality, reasoning, and maybe his language but eventually all areas of mental functioning. As with all of you, our thoughts and sympathies go out to the Domenici family.blog index