Caregiver says newly diagnosed Alzheimer's patients need mentors

11/12/2013 | Tampa Tribune (Fla.), The

People who have early Alzheimer's disease could help newly diagnosed patients by acting as mentors, helping them take the first steps toward dealing with the disease, writes Gary LeBlanc, the primary caregiver for his father, who had Alzheimer's disease. LeBlanc, who believes physicians need better training, says patients can get a diagnosis of Alzheimer's and a prescription and then be left to deal on their own with how the disease affects their daily lives. "Support groups are where the true dementia experts will be found. They're the ones who are living it or already have experienced the journey first-hand," LeBlanc writes.

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