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

About the expert

Mary Martinez
Caring for seniors has been a life-long passion for Mary Martinez. Seeing her grandmother, and now her 78-year-old mother, progress through the stages of Alzheimer's has given her the inspiration to help other families experiencing the challenges of caring for someone with dementia. Mary has worked in the field of gerontology for over 20 years, most recently as the owner of the Home Instead Senior Care franchise in Albuquerque, New Mexico. When not working, Mary enjoys spending time with her own family that includes two teenagers and a preschooler. Mary is very involved in the community serving on several boards including the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, Uniting New Mexicans Against Adult Abuse, The Lovelace Medical Center Governing Board, and the Holman's Autism Foundation.

About the special guest

Mickele Hogan
To help destigmatize Alzheimer's disease and raise support for caregivers, Mickele Hogan has brought the struggles of Alzheimer’s caregiving to the stage through her play, "Mourning the Living," which premiered last August in New York. The story, inspired by Mickele's experience working as an in-home caregiver, revolves around a woman whose husband has early onset Alzheimer’s. Mickele currently works with the Joust Theater Company as an actor, writer, director and producer. She received her BFA from NYU: Tisch School of the Arts/Atlantic Acting School.