#ElderCareChat 12/2/2015: Starting a Conversation About Downsizing

shutterstock_148501178Linda Hetzer (@downsizinghome) knows all about downsizing. An author, speaker and editor, Linda helped her siblings sort through 50 years’ worth of stuff in her childhood home as they emptied their father’s house in preparation for his move to an apartment — and then co-wrote a book about it, Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home, which was followed up with a blog, Downsizing the Home: Lessons Learned

We were pleased to welcome Linda to our discussion this week, and despite some hiccups across several social media chat management platforms, Hetzer and our 36 participants pushed through, sharing a total of 616 tweets during the one-hour forum. The group discussed everything from the emotional logistics that downsizing and moving requires to the joys and pains of working with siblings on decluttering the family home.

Discussion questions are embedded in this Storify presentation, featuring the tweets of our guest (be sure to review all the insights shared via the transcript link, found below this visual recap):

Review the wealth of resources, insights and ideas shared here, via the full chat transcript (thanks to @ctffox of The Fox Group for connecting us to this invaluable service). Analytics are available too; click here to see who attended.

We offer a “landing page” on our blog with information about the upcoming chat, including proposed discussion questions. Refer to this page for the latest.

Our next chat will be held on Wednesday, December 16th at 1pm ET. Check in at the landing page (linked above) for registration details and topic/guest information.

Please note: We meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Anyone who is interested in and passionate about eldercare issues can join our chat, anytime. Prior participation is not required, nor is there a need to stay for the full hour.

Connect with us: If the “real-time” frame doesn’t sync with your schedule, or if you feel that your question or idea requires well beyond 140 characters, start a discussion thread on our LinkedIn page or use the #eldercarechat hashtag. The LinkedIn group is also a great place to continue previous discussions, connect with those who share similar interests, or talk about the services that you, or the company you represent, have to offer.

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