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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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Much work lies ahead to increase research, resources for Alzheimer's caregivers
By Angela Lunde
As I'm writing, the Meeting of the Minds Conference is just around the corner. I know not all of you can attend, so I'll be bringing you many highlights, a few session overviews and other information I think you'll find valuable in the weeks that follow.
In addition, I see it as both a responsibility and an honor to be the voice for many of you. As I read your postings from week to week, I hear your concerns and challenges. I witness the isolation that surrounds persons living with the disease and many caregivers.
As a society we have a long way to go to embrace and support families impacted by Alzheimer's and related dementias. Work lies ahead in shifting communities toward first seeing a person with considerable strengths before disease and disability. We need to increase research and resources for identifying ways of improving well-being and implementing real strategies and policies that support family and friends in a caregiving role.
Berrie's recent post touched my heart deeply, and I'm sure others who read it felt something too. The efforts she's pioneering in Namibia are magnanimous to say the least. And, truth-be-told, despite differences in culture, technology, and geography, we share a common mission — ensuring the dignity, human rights and needs of persons living with impairment.
The cure for disparity is not only about hope; it's identifying how to change something we care passionately about. Inspired by Berrie and so many of you who have shared your journey with me, my voice toward action is a humble tribute to you.blog index