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Live chat with expert: Colleen Fritsch

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Live Chat with expert: Colleen Fritsch 

When someone receives a dementia diagnosis, it impacts more than the individual; family members, employers, neighbors and communities. Understanding Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia can help communities at large support those with dementia. Join Colleen Fritsch, Master Trainer with Dementia Friends to learn what it means to be a dementia friend.  

 Whether you’ve never heard of the disease or you’re actively providing care, we hope to provide you with tools to improve dementia awareness and empower you to be more cognizant of how we all can help someone with dementia or a caregiver. We’ll also discuss common dementia misconceptions and share Alzheimer’s friendly business practices. 

 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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Colleen Fritsch
Colleen Fritsch has spent the last two decades of her career in aging services helping communities understand, engage and support older adults. She’s a certified Dementia Friend Champion and a master trainer helping train other Champions across the USA. Colleen’s work with Dementia Friends has helped Minnesota become a Dementia Friendly state. Dementia Friends is a global movement striving to create more dementia friendly communities by changing the way people think, act and talk about dementia. By helping everyone in a community understand what dementia is and how it affects people, each of us can make a difference for someone living with dementia.

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Boundaries in Caregiving: Preventing & Avoiding the Martyr Syndrome

Live chat with expert: Jennifer Fitzpatrick

Caregivers are amazing individuals, selflessly devoting their time, energy and financial resources to make life better for a loved one living with dementia. Despite good intentions, many caregivers unintentionally take on too much, putting their own health and well-being at risk. When caregivers develop “the martyr syndrome” and are reluctant to look for or accept help, the consequences can be devastating. Join expert Jennifer Fitzpatrick, author of “Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing the Stress of Caring for Your Love One” and host Lakelyn Hogan us for an interactive discussion to learn how to set caregiving limits while still providing excellent care for a loved one.

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Updates from Leaders in Alzheimer’s Research & Caregiving

Live chat with expert: Lakelyn Hogan

Until there is a cure, there is care, education and advocacy to help those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers live the best quality life. Join Lakeyln Hogan, caregiver advocate and gerontologist for Home Instead Senior Care, to learn what’s new from leading Alzheimer’s researchers, doctors and advocates. Hear the latest in dementia and caregiving research and advocacy efforts to continually improve quality of care and respite for caregivers. These highlights are coming from the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference that just wrapped up, July 18, 2019.

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Making the Longest Days of Caregiving Seem Shorter

Live chat with expert: Lori La Bey

Every three seconds someone in the world develops dementia and another person becomes a family caregiver or care partner. The days of an unpaid caregiver are long and often thankless. Join Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks to learn more about her personal caregiving experience while caring for her mother with Alzheimer’s. Lori will share what she learned throughout the caregiving journey to manage the stress and emotions of caregiving and how she’s transitioned her experience to advocacy to help other caregivers thrive.

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Transitioning to a Specialized Memory Care Center

Live chat with expert: Beau Rusk

Live Chat with expert: Beau Rusk

Join Beau Rusk, Memory Care Director for Aksarben Village and Dial Retirement Communities’ West Regional Dementia Care Trainer to learn how to successfully transition a loved one into a specialized memory care center. Beau will share what to do once your loved one, caregivers and physician agree it’s time to move to a specialized care center, what to expect during the actual transition process and how family caregivers can adapt to their changing role. You’ll also learn how caregivers can contribute to a loved one’s success in a memory care center and the role home care may play in a successful transition.

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Debunking Alzheimer’s Aging in Place Myths

Live chat with expert: Meaghan Walls

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.

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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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