Live chat with expert: Karen Garner

Join expert Karen Garner and host Lakelyn Hogan as we talk about practical ways for dementia care partners to find respite. We know you know that it’s important to get enough sleep and take care of yourself, but the million dollar question is HOW, especially when you have so many other responsibilities to juggle.

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.

2 thoughts on “Practical Ways for Dementia Care Partners to Find Respite

  • Betty Campbell

    Hi Lakelyn, So sorry I missed the live chat Dec.12th. It was our young grandson’s birthday & he would be very disappointed if we hadn’t attended. Thanks for the email. I will read it asap. Very busy with birthdays, Christmas shopping And preparing, etc. I appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to email it to me. I am progressinf in Alz., Can’t remember a lot of things….Guess it is called “living in the moment!” My husband is very good for getting me to appts,and making sure I take my meds. We try to go for a long walk everyday weather permits. I didn’t feel like eating for awhile…Always felt like I was full, much better now. Wishing you & yours a “Very Merry Christmas & The Very Best in 2018.” Betty & Arnold Campbell, Summerside, P.E.I.,Canada

  • Jill Kagan

    Great session on respite opportunities. For funding and to look for respite providers, folks can contact their state respite coalition or state Lifespan Respite project. These project are funded by the U.S. Administration for Community Livign. Not every state has one, but you can visit the federally funded ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center for more information about what is available in your state. ARCH also has a National Respite Locator Service that lists funding sources as well. Visit

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