I Still Do

November 23, 2009

Missing the Conversation

Life has a way of interfering with blogging; at least my life has. Since I last blogged, I’ve had to move my husband to a facility near our home; my book “I Still Do: Loving and Living with Alzheimer’s” has been released; I just completed a three week east coast book tour; my new photography projects have expanded and I have several gallery and museum shows scheduled. So, that’s why I haven’t been keeping my eye on my blog. But I’m trying to understand the world of social media and the part it plays in global conversations—and I believe blogging is an important way to increase awareness of the issues surrounding AD. So I will try to add blogging to my life and hope you’ll help me by adding your own stories.

In traveling and talking about “I Still Do”—to caregivers, scientist, researchers and health care professionals—I’ve observed how inconsistent training and education is and how much work needs to be done in order to get the desperately needed Alzheimer’s funding, support and resources. We all need to share our experiences and stories with our governments, our media, our neighbors, and the members of our health care communities in a global effort to help them understand the nature of the epidemic we’re facing.

I’m optimistic, because conversations are starting to take place and AD is starting to come out of the closet—but I’m also realistic, and I know this is just the beginning.

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