#ElderCareChat 2/17/16 on Creativity and Caregiving

shutterstock_270367160This week in #ElderCareChat, 32 participants revisited a popular topic from last year — ways to creatively care — and discussed how creativity infuses with caregiving, how it can help us manage our stress, and how to find new, maybe even better, ways of approaching the daily tasks that caregivers must do. Attendees both new and returning talked about everything from adult coloring books, to adding music to daily caregiving routines, to creative pet therapy programs involving chickens and baby kangaroos!

We were thrilled to welcome dynamic participant and long-time attendee Connie Chow, @DailyCaring, to serve as this week’s guest co-moderator, lending her insights and unique perspective on the topic at hand. Connie is a founder of DailyCaring, a website and daily email newsletter for families caring for older adults. Along with a 15+ year technology career, Connie has been a hands-on caregiver for her grandmother for nearly 20 years. She knows firsthand how tough the job is and how important support is — especially in the form of practical solutions, useful resources, and positive attitude.

Discussion questions are embedded in this Storify presentation. Be sure to review all the insights shared via the transcript link, found below the visual recap:

Review the wealth of resources, insights and ideas shared in the full chat transcript (thanks to @ctffox of The Fox Group for connecting us to this invaluable service). Analytics — the who’s who of attendees and how many tweets went out during the live hour — are available too.

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, March 2, 2016 at 1pm ET. Chris MacLellan, @thebowtieguy, author of “What’s the Deal with Caregiving?” will guide us in a conversation about dealing with difficult issues in caregiving (caregiver burnout, grief, end of life decision-making, etc.). If you are interested in serving as a guest expert for a future chat, please reach out to Michelle Seitzer via the @OurParents Twitter handle for further details.

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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