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Debunking Alzheimer’s Aging in Place Myths

Live chat with expert: Meaghan Walls

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Live Chat with expert: Meaghan Walls

Join Meaghan Walls, founder and president of Assistology, LLC, to learn how assistive technology can enable those with Alzheimer’s disease to increase their participation in activities they enjoy and daily living. Meghan will debunk common aging in place myths and share how assistive technology is much more than a walker or wheelchair. With the help of assistive technology, senior loved ones and those with dementia can age where they’re most comfortable, access their environments more readily and improve quality of life.

We will take live questions during the chat, or feel free to send them in ahead of time to [email protected].

About the expert

Meaghan Walls
Meaghan Walls is founder and president of Assistology, LLC. She founded Assistology, LLC, to address an unmet need to provide Assistive Technology solutions that enable an individual to have increased participation in activities that improve functional abilities for daily living, as well as overall quality of life. Meaghan is a certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) holding a Master of Science in Bioengineering with an emphasis on Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology. Throughout her education, research and experience, she has endeavored to break down barriers that prevent individuals from accessing educational, recreational, vocational, home, and community activities.

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Faith’s Role in the Caregiving Journey

Live chat with expert: Rick Hamlin

Live Chat with expert: Rick Hamlin

Rick Hamlin is the executive editor of Guideposts and author of numerous books exploring the power of prayer and faith. His book Ten Prayers You Can’t Live Without was published in 2013 and discusses how you can talk with God about anything. Rick will share encouragement on how to cultivate a relationship with faith and the key roles faith and prayer play in managing a dementia diagnosis and its progression.

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Alzheimer’s Live Chat – Living With Hope

Live chat with expert: Geri and Jim Taylor

Live chat with experts: Geri and Jim Taylor

Geri Taylor is living with the early stages of Alzheimer’s. She and Jim Taylor, her husband and care partner, will be joining our host Lakelyn Hogan of Home Instead Senior Care for our next Live Chat. The couple was featured in The New York Times, “Fraying at the Edges,” and they are active advocates within the Alzheimer’s community. Geri and Jim will share their story along with practical tips for living with Alzheimer’s, strategies for remaining independent, and how they continue to pursue their passions and make a difference.

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Alzheimer’s Live Chat – Healthy Habits for Family Caregivers

Live chat with expert: Brooks Kenny

Join Brooks Kenny, Executive Director of WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s, and your host Lakelyn Hogan of Home Instead Senior Care as we discuss healthy habits that may be particularly helpful for family caregivers. Some topics this chat may cover include:

  • Keeping your brain healthy
  • Exercise and diet
  • How to form healthy habits
  • Overcoming challenges
  • The 30-Day Brain Health Challenge

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Alzheimer’s Live Chat – Ask Us Anything!

Live chat with expert: Molly Carpenter

This month, Home Instead’s Lakelyn Hogan, Gerontologist and Caregiver Advocate, and Molly Carpenter, author of Confidence to Care, join forces to answer your questions about dementia, caring for a loved one, and self-care.

This is your chance to get expert advice on anything from bathing tips to caregiver support. Some topics covered include:

  • Tips for alleviating dementia-related behavioral symptoms such as agitation or delusions
  • Avoiding caregiver burnout
  • Managing family dynamics
  • Safety concerns
  • Identifying symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia

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Caregiving for the Holidays

Live chat with expert: David Troxel

Join David Troxel, an expert in Alzheimer’s disease and memory care, and your host Lakelyn Hogan of Home Instead Senior Care as we talk about caring for your loved one living with Alzheimer’s or dementia over the holiday season. Some topics this chat covered include:
• Purposeful and engaging holiday activities
• Addressing stress and strain that can arise during this season
• Navigating family issues and concerns
• Resources that can help

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A Caregiver’s Personal Journey

Live chat with expert: Meryl Comer

Join expert Meryl Comer, President and CEO of Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative and 20-year caregiver, and your host Lakelyn Hogan of Home Instead Senior Care as we talk about the personal experience of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. In addition to her role as a long-term family caregiver, Meryl is the New York Times bestselling author of “Slow Dancing With a Stranger,” an Emmy award–winning reporter, and Alzheimer’s advocate.

Some topics this chat may cover include:

  • Meryl’s personal story and experience caring for both her husband and mother
  • Tips and advice for family caregivers
  • The impact of caregiving on caregivers and signs you may need help
  • Using your voice and experience to advocate for change

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Brain Health Tips for Women Caregivers

Live chat with expert: Lynn Posluns

Join expert Lynn Posluns of Women’s Brain Health Initiative and your host Lakelyn Hogan of Home Instead Senior Care as we talk about how women caring for someone with dementia can take care of their own brain. Some topics this chat may cover include:

  • Factors that impact women’s brain health
  • How to identify warning signs of an unhealthy brain
  • Practical tips to help prevent your own cognitive decline

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Person-Centered Alzheimer’s Care

Live chat with expert: Molly Carpenter

Join expert Molly Carpenter & host Lakelyn Hogan of Home Instead Senior Care® as we talk about the person-centered care approach for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease & other forms of dementia.

Person-centered care takes into account all aspects of an individual’s life that can impact well-being, not just the disease and associated symptoms. It considers a person’s environment, social connections, beliefs and values, and more.

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The Diagnosis Journey

Live chat with expert: Michael Ellenbogen

Listen as Michael Ellenbogen and Lakelyn Hogan of Home Instead Senior Care talk about the dementia diagnosis journey. Michael lived with a diagnosis of younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease for 10 years before he received new test results indicating his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s was in question. He shares about his experience and lessons learned along the way that may help other individuals on a quest for an accurate diagnosis.

  • Hear more about Michael’s own diagnosis journey
  • Understand the benefits of early diagnosis and the risks of mis-diagnosis
  • Learn how you can help advocate for better diagnosis processes and dementia research

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Caring for Someone with Lewy Body Dementia

Live chat with expert: Angela Taylor

Angela Taylor of the Lewy Body Dementia Association and host Lakelyn Hogan of Home Instead Senior Care talk about caring for individuals affected by Lewy body dementias (LBD). LBD are the second most common form of degenerative dementias after Alzheimer’s disease, but much more awareness, education and research is needed. Topics this chat covered include:

  • The cognitive and behavioral symptoms of LBD
  • Why early and accurate diagnosis is essential
  • Care techniques and treatments to improve quality of life
  • Current research efforts

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