Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sharing


Sharing allows each of us to unleash the inherent goodness that we each possess. By sharing little pieces of ourselves we improve the lives of members of the Alzheimer's and dementia community around the world.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room


Sharing
Yesterday I republished What Was the First Sign of Alzheimer's Disease in Your Case? That article now has 259 comments (the record is 406).

This reminded me of the importance of sharing.

When you share by commenting you let members of the Alzheimer's and dementia community know they are not alone. I think this is the single most important accomplishment of the Alzheimer's Reading Room (ARR). This belief is backed up by thousands of emails I have received.

When you share you also let Alzheimer's community members know that many of the problems they are experiencing are common to many of us. This brings a sense of relief to a caregiver. Nothing helps a caregiver more than understanding that others are sharing their experience.

When you share you offer potential solutions to problems, or real tangible support, to members of the community around the world. The simple fact that you are coping and trying to understand Alzheimer's and dementia helps new and existing readers overcome the  sense and feeling of "hopelessness" that often encompasses us.

Quite frankly, when you take the time to comment you are difference maker. You can make the difference in someone's life.

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Each and every comment you make enhances the value of the articles and information published on the ARR.

You can never tell how any single comment might effect a caregiver. It must be just what they need to make it through the day, and on to the next day.

Another way of sharing is to push the article and links to the articles up on to Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and other social media sites including message boards.

This along with support groups (word of mouth) is how caregivers around the world find the ARR.

More than 3,200,000 members of the Alzheimer's and dementia community around the world have read at least one article on the ARR. Believe it or not that is only a tiny fraction of the addressable market which I estimate at 250 million.

The number of people worldwide that are searching for information on Alzheimer's, dementia, health, wellness, the brain, and memory loss is growing very fast.

I want to encourage each of you to comment when you have the time. I can assure you, and I am confident, that each and every comment no matter how short or long can make a defference in someone's life.

I also want to encourage you to share. In this sense you become active, an activist in the Alzheimer's dementia community.

One thing is clear to me - we need each other. Sometimes desperately.

I can assure you, collectively, we are making a difference in the lives of many in the dementia community worldwide. The emails I receive reflect this.

I hope you will make a concerted effort in 2013 to share via social media or by commenting.

You just might stop a person that is ready to go over the edge from --  falling off the cliff. About 40 percent of dementia caregivers suffer from depression. Lets bring them in here and see if we can hold their hand for a while and pull them back.

Sharing allows each of us to unleash the inherent goodness that we each possess. By sharing little pieces of ourselves we improve the lives of members of the Alzheimer's and dementia community around the world.

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Bob DeMarco

Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. The ARR knowledge base contains more than 3,811 articles with more than 306,100 links on the Internet. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.

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