Live chat with expert: Ian Kremer and Bonnie Wattles

The subject of home care or respite care can elicit a lot of questions: How does it work? What does it cost? What are the benefits? Layer on an Alzheimer’s disease or dementia diagnosis and the questions can feel more challenging. Are caregivers properly trained to care for someone living with dementia? Can a caregiver provide the level of care that I can? Does a chronic condition make care more costly?

These are heavy questions and many family caregivers may feel overwhelmed trying to get all the answers. Join Dr. Lakelyn Hogan, Home Instead gerontologist and aging advocate for a panel discussion to help caregivers better understand the ins and outs of dementia home care.

Dr. Hogan will be joined by two dedicated Alzheimer’s advocates: Ian Kremer, Executive Director of LEAD Coalition and Bonnie Wattles, Executive Director of HFC. Join to learn more about:

  • The benefits that home care and respite can provide the individual and family
  • Important considerations in hiring a home care company
  • Grants and other resources that can help cover the costs of care and support the caregiver

About the expert

Ian Kremer and Bonnie Wattles
Ian Kremer is the Executive Director for the LEAD Coalition and a nationally recognized public policy expert in Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The LEAD Coalition has elevated the national dementia discussion by contributing to development of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease, increasing dementia funding for research. Kremer participates on several national steering committees supporting those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Bonnie Wattles is the Executive Director for HFC (formerly known as Hilarity for Charity). With over 20 years of business and nonprofit leadership experience, Bonnie is bringing HFC into the next phase of growth to become a leading voice in brain health awareness and care for families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. HFC is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to care for families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease, inspire the next generation of Alzheimer’s advocates, and be leaders in brain health research and education.

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