#ElderCareChat Articles

#ElderCareChat is held mid-month via Twitter, connects those who are passionate about sharing their experiences, challenges, suggestions, and elder care expertise.

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To peruse past #ElderCareChat chats, please explore below:

#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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#ElderCareChat 6/1/16: The Elder Perspective and Wisdom in Aging

shutterstock_245425318During this week’s live #ElderCareChat conversation, wisdom was the topic on the table. Our 20+ participants shared who we consider to be wise, how we acquire wisdom, how we define it, and how we can nurture it. (more…)

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#ElderCareChat on 5/18/16: Mental Health Issues Among Seniors and Caregivers

shutterstock_193978430May is Mental Health Awareness Month (#MentalHealthMonth), so this week’s #ElderCareChat was devoted to a discussion of common mental health concerns faced by seniors and caregivers. OurParents blogger Diane Franklin served as our guest panelist this week—tweeting from the @ElderCareChat handle—and shared insights from her research and interviews with various experts on the topic (read all our posts on mental health here). Our 30 attendees talked about seeking help when signs …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 5/4/16: Family Dynamics in Assisted Living

shutterstock_150772982In the latest installment of #ElderCareChat, 33 participants discussed the family dynamics and changes — both positive and negative — that accompany a move to assisted living. (more…)

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#ElderCareChat 4/20/16 Recap: Technology and Aging

shutterstock_60268300In the latest installment of #ElderCareChat, 39 participants discussed the benefits of current and in-the-pipeline technology tools for seniors and caregivers. Connie Chow (@DailyCaring on Twitter) was our featured guest during the live hour.

Connie is a founder of DailyCaring, a website and daily email newsletter with free, practical caregiving tips that help families caring for older adults. Brief daily emails deliver the latest solutions to top caregiving challenges. DailyCaring’s advice has been featured …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 3/16/16 Recap: The Challenges of Long-Distance Caregiving

shutterstock_242439211In the latest installment of #ElderCareChat, 47 participants discussed the challenges unique to long-distance caregiving. We were thrilled to welcome the wonderful Kanesha Baynard of @ItsAFullNest, who has been an enthusiastic participant and engaged supporter since the early days of our real-time forum. Besides discussing the challenges of long-distance caregiving, we spent the live hour suggesting strategies for easing the burden that separating miles creates.  …Read more ›

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