Making the Longest Days of Caregiving Seem Shorter
Live chat with expert: Lori La Bey
Live Chat with expert: Lori La Bay
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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
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
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