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The Diagnosis Journey

Live chat with expert: Michael Ellenbogen

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Join Michael Ellenbogen and your host Lakelyn Hogan of Home Instead Senior Care as we 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’ll share 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

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

About the expert

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Michael Ellenbogen
Michael Ellenbogen is a world-renowned advocate for individuals with dementia and speaks openly about his own 20+ year dementia diagnosis journey. Prior to his diagnosis, Michael was a network operations manager for a Fortune 500 financial institution. At the age of 39, he was told that his cognitive issues were due to stress. At the age of 49, he was diagnosed with young-onset Alzheimer's disease.Michael became involved in numerous local, national and international organizations, lending his voice and experience to help advance Alzheimer’s research and advocate for support. He was featured in the Alzheimer's Disease International's 2012 World Alzheimer's Report and has represented people living with dementia at the World Health Organization. He also wrote a book about his journey titled “From the Corner Office to Alzheimer’s.”At the age of 59, Michael received a new diagnostic test that delivered shocking results: he did not, in fact, have Alzheimer’s disease. Instead, neurologists have placed his form of dementia into a fairly new category called suspected non-Alzheimer’s pathophysiology (SNAP). He continues to share his story and has become a champion for improving diagnosis processes.

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  • Current research efforts

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  • How to “live well” during the final years
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  • How to respond to repetition
  • Connecting through activity rather than conversation
  • Tapping into long-term memory
  • Benefits of social engagement

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Live chat with expert: Susy Favaro

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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.

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Live chat with expert: Molly Carpenter

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.

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Live chat with expert: Karen Garner

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