Live chat with expert: Lakelyn Hogan and Molly Carpenter

Family traditions, hosting get-togethers, cooking large meals, shopping for gifts and out of town guests accompany the holiday season. Add that to the top of a family caregiver’s daily routine and this time of year can bring on additional stress for family caregivers and those living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Join Home Instead’s gerontologists, Lakelyn Hogan and Molly Carpenter for a tip-filled conversation about caring for your loved one (and yourself) throughout the holiday season.

Get tips on:

  • How to manage caregiving during the holidays and ask for help
  • Set expectations with loved ones and visitors
  • How to bring your loved one with Alzheimer’s into the celebrations
  • How to care for yourself during a busy season
  • Gift ideas for loved ones with Alzheimer’s

About the expert

Lakelyn Hogan and Molly Carpenter
Lakelyn Hogan is a Gerontologist and Caregiver Advocate for Home Instead. She educates professionals, families and communities on Home Instead’s services and the issues older adults face. Lakelyn hosts these monthly live chats helping connect family caregivers with resources and suggestions. Lakelyn is a doctoral student at the University of Nebraska-Omaha where she is studying Social Gerontology. She has a Master of Arts in Social Gerontology and a MBA from UNO. Lakelyn loves giving back to her community and is currently Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Dreamweaver Foundation. Dreamweaver grants lifelong wishes for terminally ill older adults. She is also active in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Lakelyn has a passion for helping others, especially aging adults and their families. Molly Carpenter is a Gerontologist and Director of Business and Academic Research for Home Instead. Author of “Confidence to Care,” Molly brings years of personal and professional senior care experience and training to families navigating aging and chronic conditions like Alzheimer’s. In her role, Molly works with a team responsible for connecting with business and academic partners to facilitate research focused on the elevation of the caregiving profession, ensuring increased support for family caregivers, and advancing the senior care industry. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in family science with a gerontology specialization from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a master’s degree in education with a gerontology specialization from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and second master’s degree in social gerontology also from UNO. Her personal experiences helping to care for her grandmothers have further inspired her career.

One thought on “Diminishing Stress During the Holidays

  • Manny/ Maria M. Najera

    Many years ago I served the Alz Assoc as a member of their National Board of Directors. Being that my wife and I are both Eng/Span bi-
    lingual, we travelled to many cities to provide info ref the Alz. Assoc. and the many things that are needed in order to work with or take care of people with Alzheimer’s. We had rec’d training by Association personnel ref. Important talking items/issues, plus we had first hand experience being that my mother had Alz. and we took care of her.
    Thank you for your work in this most important area of life.

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