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#ElderCareChat 7/1/15: How Tech Tools Are Advancing Elder Care

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During Wednesday’s live discussion, 75 new and returning participants exchanged information, insights, and ideas on the technology innovations in the pipeline that streamline the daily routines of caregivers and seniors.

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A Timeline of Dementia: What to Know for Each Stage

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“When you know the characteristics of each stage of dementia and the abilities that remain, you can capitalize on those,” says Kim Warchol, president of Dementia Care Specialists.

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Caring for a Parent After a Stroke


When an elderly parent is recovering from a stroke, there is perhaps no more helpful advice for family caregivers than “Expect the unexpected.”

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5 Ways to Be an Effective Advocate for Your Senior Loved One

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Does the squeaky wheel get the oil in senior advocacy?

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Managing a Senior Health Crisis: What to Ask Before Leaving the Hospital

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What happens when seniors are unprepared for life after hospitalization?

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Protecting Their Financial Assets for Future Generations

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How to take the sting out of talking to your aging parents about their money.

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#ElderCareChat 6/17/15: Raising Awareness About Elder Abuse


Review highlights from this week’s #ElderCareChat on elder abuse, moderated by @OurParents and special guests from the National Center on Elder Abuse.

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Why You Should Act “FAST” When You See Warning Signs of a Stroke


“Stroke is one of those conditions in which time is of the essence,” says Dr. Leslie Kernisan, MD, MPH, a practicing geriatrician and caregiver educator affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco. “It’s important that people recognize the signs of a stroke and get help for the individual as quickly as possible.”

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Natural Ways to Control Cholesterol


Often doctors prescribe medications for those with high cholesterol, especially if there is a family or personal history of heart disease and stroke. However, there are also changes you can make in your lifestyle to control cholesterol naturally.

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#ElderCareChat 6/3/15: Equipping Communities for Aging in Place


During Wednesday’s live discussion, 68 new and returning participants generated an hour’s worth of valuable insights, practical tips, and thought-provoking ideas about successful aging in place.

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Veterans Benefits For Seniors


Knowing the full range of veterans benefits is important not only for elderly veterans who need care but also for the family members who provide care.

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What Are the Symptoms of Social Isolation?


“Social isolation, in my view, is a growing problem in America and other countries across the globe because of the exponential growth of the aging generation,” McClenahan says

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Between the Lines of Storytelling Therapy

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Storytelling can be engaging and even therapeutic for anyone, with significant benefits for seniors — particularly when the tales are personal.

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#ElderCareChat 5/20/15 Recap: Brain Fitness and Healthy Aging


A summary of this week’s discussion on techniques, tools and tips for maintaining your brain and body as you age.

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Music Therapy Activities for Adults

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Music therapy for seniors involves more than just turning on the oldies station in a nursing home.

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The Benefits of Art Therapy for Seniors

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The arts are well known for their life-giving, soul-restoring, undeniably therapeutic effects for people of all ages.

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