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How to Take a Caregiving Break

How to take a caregiving break

How to take a caregiving breakThere’s no way I can take a break from caregiving!

If that’s what you’re thinking upon first glance at this post, KEEP READING. A break is possible — and absolutely necessary. Check out our tips, ideas and resources on how to take a break from the hard work of providing care:

First, think of rest as a requirement, not a reward. Caregivers often feel …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 11/16/16: Brainstorming Topics for 2017

#ElderCareChat celebrates its sixth year

#ElderCareChat celebrates its sixth yearSince this month marks the 6th year of #ElderCareChat’s existence, we took the time to get feedback from this week’s 15 participants on what topics they’ve enjoyed, what they’d like to revisit, and what new ground we should cover in 2017. Discussion questions are embedded below: (more…)

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#ElderCareChat 11/2/16: National Family Caregivers Month Panel

takingcare FBTo kick off National Family Caregivers Month, this week’s 22 #ElderCareChat participants covered the concerns, challenges, conflicts, and comforts of being a family caregiver. We were pleased to welcome a distinctive panel of guests who have all served/are still serving in caregiver roles: Denise Brown (@Caregiving) of Caregiving.com, Chris MacLellan (@TheBowTieGuy), author of “What’s the Deal with Caregiving?”, and Connie Chow (@DailyCaring) of DailyCaring.com. Discussion questions are embedded in this …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 10/19/16: The Power of Soft Therapies

shutterstock_431933122This week, 32 participants engaged in an inspiring conversation about the power of “soft” therapies (art, music, laughter, reminiscence, storytelling, and more). From connecting caregivers and seniors to producing joy, the benefits of such therapeutic interventions are undeniable.

We were pleased to welcome Rachelle Norman, MA, MT-BC, as our guest expert for this discussion. Rachelle is the founder of Soundscaping Source, where her mission is to bring meaningful music experiences to older adults …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 10/5/16: Fall Prevention for Seniors and Caregivers

shutterstock_225478723Falls can happen year-round, but with the new fall season now in full swing, this week’s #ElderCareChat discussion focused on statistics and strategies around fall prevention; Julie Santos of Front Porch Communities lent her expert insights as our featured guest.

Santos is the Project Specialist at Front Porch’s Center for Innovation and Wellbeing. In her role, she coordinates and organizes health education workshops for affordable senior housing communities in the …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 9/21/2016: All About Assisted Living

shutterstock_55168558September is National Assisted Living Month (NALM), so this week’s #ElderCareChat discussion was all about this popular level of senior care. Our 24 participants covered topics like what it’s like to visit, volunteer, and advocate in assisted living, among other things.

We were pleased to welcome Lakecia Harper, an LHNA who serves as health care administrator for Blakeford at Green Hills in Nashville (@Blakeford_Inc). Harper is responsible for maintaining resident medical records and …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 9/7/16: Senior and Caregiver Nutrition

shutterstock_181913867This week, 25 participants discussed the ways nutrition goes beyond just what we eat, and the unique nutritional needs of seniors—particularly those with cancer.

We were pleased to welcome Cara Tompot from The Mesothelioma Center as our guest expert. Tompot is the Social Media Specialist for The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com and a guest contributor for The Huffington Post. Cancer has always hit close to home for Cara. As a …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 8/17/16: The Power of Pets

shutterstock_271076138This week, 28 participants flooded the #ElderCareChat tweet stream with adorable pictures and heartwarming stories about their favorite pets and pet therapy programs, and discussed the tremendous benefits that the love of a pet can bring to seniors and caregivers.

Discussion questions are embedded in this Storify presentation, of which the group’s pet pictures, as you’ll see, are the star. The transcript link is found below …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 7/20/16: The Future of Elder Care Technology

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seniors and technologyRobotics. The Internet of Things (IoT). Sensors. Our last #ElderCareChat conversation was all about technology—what’s currently working for elder care providers and family caregivers, what keeps people from adopting new tech tools, and what exciting innovations are in the pipeline. And we were thrilled to be guided in this important discussion by one of the field’s top experts: Susann Keohane from IBM’s Accessibility division.

Susann is an …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 6/15/16 Recap: Elder Abuse Prevention and Intervention

shutterstock_270444908Our last #ElderCareChat conversation coincided with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (#WEAAD2016), and our 49 attendees engaged with our guest expert, Peg Horan, a licensed master’s social worker (LMSW) and the NYC Elder Abuse Center’s Elder Abuse Prevention Specialist/Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Coordinator.

Peg coordinates the Center’s MDTs in Manhattan and Brooklyn, consults on elder abuse cases with government and community-based agencies, and trains on elder abuse identification and intervention. Previously, she …Read more ›

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