Lisa Gwyther, MSW, education director at Duke University’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center was quoted in the June 21, 2015, issue of Parade magazine as saying
“A lot of unmet needs are being responded to spontaneously – to fill the needs for inclusion, for less stigma about the disease and for more focus on quality of life.”
The quote was in an article by Paula Spencer Scott on “People Power: How grassroots campaigns are easing the burden of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s—and improving patient quality of life.”
The articles also says,
“After social worker Bobbi Matchar held an eight week education program at Duke University for people recently diagnosed and their care partners, the group grew so close nobody wanted it to end. So they called themselves ‘the Alphas’ and three years later, still meet monthly at a local restaurant, along with later graduates of the Duke class. ‘It creates a sense of community among people who didn’t choose to have the situation and who often have to quit their old communities at work and church,’ says Matchar.”
Matchar, MSW, is an assistant to Gwyther in the Duke Family Support Program.