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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.
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