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Top Alzheimer's/Caregiving Sites - April 2001

Mary's Place
1st Place - April 2001
Mary Lockhart has early-onset Alzheimer's. Before she was diagnosed,
she had managed a licensed day care for infants for fifteen years.
She misses the babies she cared for, but she has three little dogs
which she enjoys, as well as having an acquarium, and feeding birds
and squirrels. She is doing a wonderful job telling her story on her
home page, Mary's Place, where she shares her daily journal, family
photos, memories from her childhood, links to other sites, and a
chats for other patients like herself. Mary says "This is a very
lonely disease. If I can help one person with my page it will all
be worth it." Through the Internet, Mary has found friends, and
she is indeed helping others, being very active in several chats. It
is a joy to watch Mary's page develop, as she adds new and very
creative pages, incorporating beautiful backgrounds, graphics, and
java. I couldn't help but notice an entry in her guestbook, from her
daughter I think, about Mary having a way of turning lemons into
lemonade, and I think that's a wonderful way to deal with the
Alzheimer's journey, as well as caregiving and any of the losses that
life brings us.

Alzheimer's Disease at About.com
by Beth Creason
2nd Place - April 2001
This site features news about Alzheimer's and informative articles
about symptoms and stages, diagnosis and treatment, activities,
sundowning, wandering, and other behaviors, early-onset AD,
other dementias, and much more. There is also an Alzheimer's
glossary, a drug index, and a list of the top ten nursing homes for
each state of the U.S. Also included are links to personal pages by
both caregivers and patients. There is opportunity for interaction in
forums and a chat, and subscribers are kept up to date regularly
through the "Alzheimer's from the Heart" and "Alzheimer's Weekend
Edition" newsletters. There is so much here to explore, and Beth
Creason is doing a wonderful job keeping this site up to date and all
of us better informed about Alzheimer's.

My Journey
by Chip Gerber
3rd Place - April 2001
Webmaster: Marsha Penington
2nd Place - January 2001
Chip is 55, and he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 1997. He worked
for over 25 years as a licensed social worker. His daily journal is
online, accented by the always beautiful designs of Webmaster Marsha
Penington of Alzheimer's Outreach. Chip's journal is unique in that
it is not just an account of what he does every day, but it is a
collection of his thoughts, feelings, and reflections on his journey
with Alzheimer's. He expresses his appreciation of and delight in
ordinary things, including his senses of smell, sight, and touch as
he cherishes nature and the changing seasons. Chip gives us a
beautiful way to look at life, in spite of our losses, as Alzheimer's
patients, caregivers, or anyone-- as each of us eventually will
suffer some losses in life. Beautifully written, Chip's "My Journey"
is a wonderful site to visit, helping us realize and count our
blessings and to be thankful for all we have.

ElderCare Online
Rich O'Boyle
4th Place - April 2001
With a weekly email newsletter, The Eldercare Beacon, the Eldercare
Forum message board, scheduled chats hosted by other caregivers,
professionals and guest moderators, and tons of information on the
site, ElderCare Online is truly a beacon for caregivers. Impressive
awards and reviews received by this site include: Alzheimer's Site of
the Week at About.com, featured on CNN/Time, in Time Magazine, and in
Smart Money. If you haven't already, you'll want to subscribe to the
very informative Eldercare Beacon newsletter to keep up to date on
all that is going on at ElderCare Online and so you won't miss out
on some of the best articles you can read about issues involved in
Alzheimer's and caregiving.

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