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March 13th 2012:A Merck Manual for Family Caregivers

Dr. Robert S. Porter, editor-in-chief of The Merck Manuals, and Christene Gordon, Director of Client Services and Programs, Canada’s Alzheimer Society, discuss family caregivers’ information needs about Alzheimer’s disease. They describe the One-Page Merck Manual of Health and highlight the questions that family caregivers ask the Alzheimer’s Society. They say what information is needed by family caregivers about the first signs and worrisome trends of the disease. They explain the information needed by family caregivers about various aspects of Alzheimer’s disease including substance use and

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Robert S. Porter

Dr. Robert S. Porter, an Emergency Physician by specialty, is editor-in-chief of The Merck Manuals. He oversees the staff and over 400 national and international medical specialists in the preparation and publication in print and online of all the Merck Manuals. These include the Merck Manual Home Health Handbook, which translates the professional version into everyday language. He led the transition of The Manuals from print-centric products to a continuously updated online reference source. He’s currently Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. Prior to joining Merck, he was a member of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Albert Einstein Medical
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Christene Gordon

Christene Gordon, BFA, BEd, is Director of Client Services and Programs, The Alzheimer Society, Canada. She’s an educator whose experience includes music specialist, zoo educator, sexuality instructor and historical interpreter. She’s worked in the field of dementia care for over 20 years. Her dementia education was in Britain, and she’s now working towards an MSc in dementia care. She was drawn to the dementia care field following her family’s experience in caring for her Grandmother. “In the 1980’s there was not a lot of information available for family members so we befuddled our way through”, she says. Convinced that there must be a better way, she embarked on a learning path to better
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