Live chat with expert: Karen Garner

Join expert Karen Garner and host Lakelyn Hogan as we talk about coping with the unique challenges of early-onset dementia. If you’re looking for guidance from someone who has “been there, done that,” bring your questions for Karen. As a caregiver to her husband who passed away from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2016, she is passionate about sharing her experience and insight to help other caregivers along their journey.

  • Differences between early-onset and other forms of dementia
  • Coping with the emotional stress
  • Figuring out the hard stuff (care plans, finances, etc.)
  • How to face a future you never planned on
  • Balancing work and family responsibilities
  • And more

About the expert

Karen Garner
Alzheimer’s disease expert by experience, Karen Garner, 47, was the caregiver for her husband Jim who passed away from early-onset Alzheimer's disease in April 2016. As the founder of The Garner Foundation to help dementia caregivers, she is passionate about educating doctors, lawmakers and anyone who will listen about Alzheimer’s and the toll it takes on families. She started her blog,, to become a face and voice for younger onset Alzheimer’s Disease. She and her two children, Frances, 16 and Bradley, 12, have traveled to Washington D.C. many times to advocate for more research funding and to bring awareness to those that can help facilitate change. Karen lives in Newport News, VA, volunteers at her children’s schools and is also a proud softball, field hockey and baseball mom as well as a coach to Bradley’s basketball team.