#ElderCareChat Articles

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

Follow @OurParents and @ElderCareChat on Twitter for updates; start a discussion thread on our LinkedIn group; or use the #ElderCareChat hashtag to present a question or idea to the group.

To peruse past #ElderCareChat chats, please explore below:

#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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#ElderCareChat 1/20/16: Self-Care Resolutions for the New Year

New Year 15 OP FBFor the first #ElderCareChat of 2016, 33 participants talked about personal and professional goals for the new year, along with self-care resolutions — and a pretty extensive side thread on an unexpected digression: butter. (You just never know what may come up during #ElderCareChat!)

A thoughtful and thought-provoking conversation about the true meaning of self-care surfaced, and many agreed with the …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 12/16/2015: Holiday Safety for Seniors and Caregivers

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For the last #ElderCareChat of 2015, 31 participants talked about the hazardous side of the holidays, sharing practical tips to ensure a safer season. Bright twinkling lights and candles burning, slushy entryways and unsecured throw rugs, the clutter of decorations and young children running about, busy schedules and an absence of the usual structured routines. Extra travel, extra people, extra reminders of those loved ones …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 11/18/2015: Senior Living Search 101

shutterstock_226249162-2Fact: 47 participants + 711 total tweets + 5,576,413 impressions = one hour chock full of resources for anyone considering a senior living search now or in the future. (more…)

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#ElderCareChat 11/4/2015: What to Know About Elder Exploitation

shutterstock_270444908During Wednesday’s live discussion, 39 #ElderCareChat attendees — both first-time and returning — discussed how to spot, stop and prevent elder exploitation, as well as how to intervene in cases of abuse. Joining and guiding us in the conversation was guest William Henry, who has been a professional writer for more than 40 years. He became interested in issues involving exploitation of elders, and the dynamics of family caregiving, following an …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 10/21/2015: Medication Management

shutterstock_98521874During Wednesday’s live discussion, 30 new and returning participants discussed medication management with Jim Jones from Wellspring Benefits Group/Control My Care. (more…)

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#ElderCareChat 10/7/2015: Brainstorming Ideas for the 2016 Season

shutterstock_137222684During Wednesday’s live discussion, 34 new and returning participants discussed ideas for topics to cover and guests to invite in #ElderCareChat’s sixth year, the 2016 season. (more…)

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#ElderCareChat 9/16/15: Strategies for Healthy Aging

Many Seniors Enjoy Trying New Foods

Many Seniors Enjoy Trying New FoodsDuring Wednesday’s live discussion, 35 new and returning participants discussed strategies for staying vital and dynamic as we grow older, in keeping with September’s Healthy Aging month theme. We were pleased to welcome Dr. Deborah Kado and her team from UC San Diego’s Center for Healthy Aging and Stein Institute for Research on Aging (known on Twitter as @UCSDHealthAging). …Read more ›

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