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Practical Ways for Dementia Care Partners to Find Respite

Live chat with expert: Karen Garner

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Join expert Karen Garner and your 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. Some topics this chat may cover include:

  • Tips for requesting help from family members
  • Respite care resources and services in your community
  • Tips for talking to your employer about your care situation

About the expert

Karen Garner
Alzheimer’s disease expert by experience, Karen Garner, 47, was the caregiver for her husband Jim who passed away from early-onset Alzheimer's disease in April 2016.As the founder of The Garner Foundation to help dementia caregivers, she is passionate about educating doctors, lawmakers and anyone who will listen about Alzheimer’s and the toll it takes on families. She started her blog, www.missingjim.com, to become a face and voice for younger onset Alzheimer’s Disease. She and her two children, Frances, 16 and Bradley, 12, have traveled to Washington D.C. many times to advocate for more research funding and to bring awareness to those that can help facilitate change.Karen lives in Newport News, VA, volunteers at her children’s schools and is also a proud softball, field hockey and baseball mom as well as a coach to Bradley’s basketball team.

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The Post-Caregiving Journey

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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

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Music Therapy for Dementia

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  • Benefits of music therapy
  • Music therapy care techniques
  • Ideas for incorporating more music into the life of an individual with dementia

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Living with Alzheimer’s Disease

Live chat with expert: Michael Ellenbogen

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.

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Early-Onset Dementia

Live chat with expert: Karen Garner

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.)
  • How to face a future you never planned on
  • Balancing work and family responsibilities
  • And more

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What to Expect After a Dementia Diagnosis

Live chat with expert: Diane Hendricks

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
  • How to find support
  • And more!

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Legal and Estate Planning for Alzheimer’s Families

Live chat with expert: LeRoy Peterson

Join expert LeRoy Peterson and your host Lakelyn Hogan to get answers to your questions about navigating the often stressful and emotional legal challenges that can arise when families are caring for a loved one with dementia.

  • Tips for establishing wills and advance directives
  • Considerations for estate planning
  • Considerations for long-term care planning
  • Tips for families who have lost a loved one and are now facing the probate process

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Coping with the Emotions of Caregiving

Live chat with expert: Mary Martinez

Special guest: Mickele Hogan

Join expert Mary Martinez, special guest Mickele Hogan, and your host Lakelyn Hogan to get tips on coping with the emotional stress that often comes with caring for a loved one with dementia.

  • How to overcome feelings of loneliness and isolation
  • Tips to temper your frustration or anger
  • Suggestions for coping with grief and loss
  • Practical ways to find respite

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Relationships & Dementia

Live chat with expert: Karen Garner

Join Karen Garner, Lakelyn Hogan and other caregivers to get tips on coping with the many ways dementia can impact your personal relationships.

  • Coping with dementia-related personality changes
  • Shifting from spouse to caregiver
  • Navigating family conflict related to care responsibilities

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