#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 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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#ElderCareChat 3/2/16: Dealing with Difficult Caregiving Issues

shutterstock_100688473This week in #ElderCareChat, 49 participants discussed some of the most difficult issues caregivers face — from burnout to grief to end-of-life decision-making. We were thrilled to welcome long-time attendee Chris MacLellan, better known as @TheBowTieGuy, to add his insights to the conversation.  (more…)

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#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. (more…)

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#ElderCareChat 2/3/16: Reframing Aging

shutterstock_180517850For the second #ElderCareChat of 2016, 45 participants talked about some of the toughest issues related to growing older, with the goal of reframing aging in a more positive light.

We were thrilled to welcome long-time supporter and participant Gregory Bator, perhaps better known to our forum as @GracefulAging, to lead us in this thought-provoking discussion. Licensed as an attorney …Read more ›

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