#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 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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#ElderCareChat 9/2/15: Helping a Senior Loved One Who Hoards

hoardingDuring Wednesday’s live discussion, 32 new and returning participants talked about the difficult conversations, confrontations and interventions connected with having a loved one who hoards. (more…)

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#ElderCareChat 8/5/15 Recap: Social Isolation Among Seniors and Caregivers

are you legally responsible for your parents' care

are you legally responsible for your parents' careDuring Wednesday’s live discussion, 41 tweeps discussed the causes and dangers of social isolation among seniors and caregivers, along with prevention and intervention strategies.  (more…)

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#ElderCareChat 7/1/15: How Tech Tools Are Advancing Elder Care

lack of internet use may sideline senior citizens

lack of internet use may sideline senior citizensDuring Wednesday’s live discussion, 75 new and returning participants exchanged information, insights, and ideas on the technology innovations in the pipeline – and currently on the market – designed to support, enhance and streamline the daily routines of caregivers and seniors. (more…)

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#ElderCareChat 6/17/15: Raising Awareness About Elder Abuse

photo-1428263197823-ce6a8620d1e1During Wednesday’s live discussion, 46 new and returning participants filled the tweet stream with thoughtful answers – and even some tough questions – on a subject of primary importance: preventing, spotting and ending elder abuse. (more…)

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#ElderCareChat 6/3/15: Equipping Communities for Aging in Place

shutterstock_263064401During Wednesday’s live discussion, 68 new and returning participants generated an hour’s worth of valuable insights, practical tips, and thought-provoking ideas about successful aging in place. Starting with the kitchen and moving out to stores, restaurants and communities as a whole, each attendee offered a range of suggestions from costly, yet worthwhile, home modifications into no-cost, easily integrated alterations that all work to make life …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 5/20/15 Recap: Brain Fitness and Healthy Aging

shutterstock_250050313During Wednesday’s live discussion, 35 new and returning participants learned brain fitness and healthy aging strategies, studies, techniques and more from our guest expert, Dr. Hicham Siouty, a medical director for Silverado Care Senior Living. As usual, a number of great discussion threads related to the topic emerged during our hour-long conversation. …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 5/6/15 Recap: Stressful Caregiving Scenarios and Solutions

shutterstock_130607537During Wednesday’s live discussion, 40 new and returning participants were presented with several common conundrums that can make the already challenging work of day-to-day caregiving even more stressful. Instead of simply discussing those scenarios, attendees presented several solutions for each — many of the answers originating from the real-life experiences of those who have been, or are currently, caregivers. …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 4/18/15 Recap: Hoarding Among Seniors & Caregivers

shutterstock_87052121During Wednesday’s live discussion, 32 attendees talked about the “emotional tug-of-war” that can happen between a caregiver (or caring family member) who is trying to help a hoarder, the “save everything” mentality that many Depression-era seniors possess, and the importance of recognizing that filling a dumpster doesn’t always solve the deeper issue. (more…)

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