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Social Networking For Alzheimer's Caregivers, PatientsSubmitted: 10/09/2012

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RHINELANDER - People connect to each other in many ways these days.

Phone calls, text messages, tweets, and more.

That’s why the Alzheimer’s Association hopes a new tool will connect caregivers, patients, and families to helpful resources.

ALZ Connected lets people connect quickly and easily.

"That is a web-based social community for people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers," Alzheimer's Association Outreach Specialist Julie St. Pierre said.

"They can go online, and join the message boards, ask questions and get responses from other people who are facing the same challenges that they are."

People can post messages and get replies from others who have dealt with the same issue.

Outreach specialist St. Pierre thinks it can also help families that are spread across the country.

"They can form private groups that they can use to connect family that is scattered across the state or the country," St. Pierre said.

"They can have a networking site where their family can access information about what is happening at home with the Alzheimer's."

There's a link to more information below.

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