Join social worker Susy Favaro from the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and your host Lakelyn Hogan from Home Instead Senior Care as we talk about strategies to cope with ambiguous loss. Ambiguous loss describes what many dementia care partners experience when the person they know and love has significantly changed psychologically but is still physically present.
Some topics this chat may cover include:
How ambiguous loss differs from other types of loss
Characteristics of ambiguous loss
Strategies to cope with ambiguous loss
We will take live questions during the chat, or feel free to send them in ahead of time to [email protected]
About the expert
Susy Favaro, LCSW, MSW,is a social worker in the memory disorder clinic at Banner Alzheimer’s Instituteproviding counseling, referral, educational, and support services to meet client and care giver needs.Most recently she has developed programming on ambiguous loss.Susy has worked in the field of gerontology for 40 years.The focus of her work has been in the implementation and training of evidence based programs in self management of chronic conditions for older adults and unpaid family caregivers.Programs include: Enhance Wellness (formerly known as the Health Enhancement Program), Powerful Tools for Caregivers, Chronic Disease Self Management Program, PEARLS (depression intervention) and Active Choices.In 1997 she joined the training faculty of Status One Health Systems (Boston,MA) as a trainer in motivational Interviewing and behavior change theory. In 2005 she became a PEARLS trainer.
Tips for Socializing with Someone Who Has Dementia
Live chat with expert: Jennifer FitzPatrick
Join expert Jennifer FitzPatrick and your host Lakelyn Hogan as we talk about how to make the most out of visits and interactions with someone experiencing communication challenges due to cognitive decline. Some topics this chat may cover
How to respond to repetition
Connecting through activity rather than conversation
Tapping into long-term memory
Benefits of social engagement
We will take live questions during the chat, or feel free to send them in ahead of time to
Jennifer L. FitzPatrick, MSW, LCSW-C, CSP is the founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., a full service healthcare education organization. With over 20+ years of experience in healthcare, Jennifer is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University’s Certificate on Aging program.Her mission is to help healthcare organizations and professionals grow while empowering patients and their caregivers. Jennifer appears frequently in the media and has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, Sirius XM and inFast Company, Reader’s Digest, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Postand many more. A member of the National Speakers Association, she is one of less than 800 Certified Speaking Professionals (CSP) worldwide.Her first book, Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, helps family caregivers and is also aresource for healthcare professionals who want to set better boundaries with patients.
Live chat with expert: Sharon Denny
Join expert Sharon Denny from the Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration and your host Lakelyn Hogan from Home Instead Senior Care as we talk about the unique symptoms and challenges of frontotemporal degeneration (FTD). We’ll discuss the differences and similarities between FTD and other forms of dementia, as well as best practices for caring for someone with FTD.
Join expert Anne Tumlinson and your host Lakelyn Hogan as we talk about how to prepare for the long haul in caring for a loved one with dementia. Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia can affect someone for many years, and you may encounter a number of logistical, social, and emotional challenges along the way. No matter how far along you are on this caregiving journey, we hope you’ll join us.
How to find the right kinds of support in your community
Ways to cope with the role reversal from daughter/son/husband/wife to caregiver
Practical Ways for Dementia Care Partners to Find Respite
Live chat with expert: Karen Garner
Join expert Karen Garner and host Lakelyn Hogan as we talk about practical ways for dementia care partners to find respite. We know you know that it’s important to get enough sleep and take care of yourself, but the million dollar question is HOW, especially when you have so many other responsibilities to juggle.
Join expert David Troxel & host Lakelyn Hogan as we talk about relationship-centered dementia care. David will share the premise behind his “Best FriendsTM Approach” to care and teach you how to apply it as a care partner to your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.
Molly will share best practices to help minimize symptoms associated with dementia, such as repetition, agitation, delusions or social withdrawal. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from other caregivers’ situations or send in a question and receive tips for your unique situation.
Join expert Karen Garner and host Lakelyn Hogan as we talk about what happens when your caregiving journey ends. Karen is walking through that experience right now after the passing of her husband, Jim, and is glad to pass along some of her lessons learned for the benefit of others going through the same thing. Some topics this chat may cover include:
Processing grief and guilt
Discovering your post-caregiver identity
Ways to share your story, become an advocate, and reach out to help others
Join expert Rachelle Norman and your host Lakelyn Hogan as we talk about music therapy and how it can help individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia disorders. Music has the power to bring joy to just about anyone, but it’s ability to reach past the mind and touch the soul can be particularly beneficial to those experiencing memory loss. Some topics this chat may cover include:
Benefits of music therapy
Music therapy care techniques
Ideas for incorporating more music into the life of an individual with dementia
Join expert Michael Ellenbogen and host Lakelyn Hogan as they talk about what it’s like to live with Alzheimer’s disease. Michael was diagnosed with young-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 49. He is 100 percent open about his condition and is passionate about sharing his experience with others.
Join expert Karen Garner and host Lakelyn Hogan as we talk about coping with the unique challenges of early-onset dementia. If you’re looking for guidance from someone who has “been there, done that,” bring your questions for Karen. As a caregiver to her husband who passed away from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2016, she is passionate about sharing her experience and insight to help other caregivers along their journey.
Differences between early-onset and other forms of dementia
Coping with the emotional stress
Figuring out the hard stuff (care plans, finances, etc.)
Join expert Diane Hendricks and your host Lakelyn Hogan to get answers to your “What now?” questions after receiving a dementia diagnosis from a doctor. Whether you are currently living with dementia yourself or if you are caring for a loved one with dementia, this chat is for you. We’ll discuss:
Tips for sharing the diagnosis with family and friends
Stages of dementia and what to expect
Considerations for putting together a long-term care plan