Live chat with expert: Karen Garner

Join expert Karen Garner and host Lakelyn Hogan as we talk about what happens when your caregiving journey ends. Karen is walking through that experience right now after the passing of her husband, Jim, and is glad to pass along some of her lessons learned for the benefit of others going through the same thing. Some topics this chat may cover include:

  • Processing grief and guilt
  • Discovering your post-caregiver identity
  • Ways to share your story, become an advocate, and reach out to help others

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.