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#ElderCareChat 12/4/13 Recap: How Do We Train to Care?

Get highlights from this week's conversation about essential eldercare training programs.During Wednesday’s live discussion, 46 participants discussed strategies and ideas for training the current and next generation of caregivers, both paid and unpaid. While training isn’t the only answer to better care, it is certainly beneficial even to the most experienced caregiver. This week’s attendees shared their honest opinions, thoughtful perspectives and creative solutions …Read more ›

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Treat the Whole Person Not the Condition

Treat the Whole Person Not the ConditionNot long ago, I ran into an older couple who looked very familiar. After searching my memory bank, I remembered – he was a distinguished professor at the small, prestigious college in the village where I grew up. His wife didn’t look much different to me, but the professor’s years had taken …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 3/6/13 Recap Post: Where Should Elder Care Dollars Go?

How would you help caregivers and seniors if you were the President of the United States? Find out the answer to this question and more in our recap post.This Wednesday, 45 participants from all walks of the elder care life engaged in a bit of role-playing for our conversation on financing. As usual, it was a lively — or “hopping,” as faithful attendee @NatriceR …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 1/2/13: Innovative Programs for Caregivers & Seniors

This Wednesday, 37 dynamic participants gathered on Twitter for the first bi-monthly #ElderCareChat of 2013. The topic on the table: innovative programs for caregivers and seniors, a subject that was suggested in last November’s future topic ideas chat.

Our conversation included cutting-edge, creative resources currently available, and those we hope to see developed in the future. Interesting discussion threads emerged regarding technology that could be …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 12/19/12 Recap: The Gifts of Caregiving Help

This Wednesday, 33 participants gathered for our bi-monthly #ElderCareChat on Twitter to discuss the programs, tools and information available to caregivers, and perhaps more importantly, how to help them access these valuable resources. We also brainstormed about ways to involve the media in raising awareness of caregivers’ needs, as well as broadcasting the local and national support services available. This topic was suggested by …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 8/15/12 Recap: Avoiding Burnout

A record-breaking 91 participants attended last week’s chat on burnout (seems this is an issue that many can relate to, yes?). While you engaged and conversed, I was avoiding burnout by taking a week to rest and recharge in the mountains of Pennsylvania, where I was able to fully disconnect from technology, work, and to do lists. So before I share this recap, I …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 7/18/12 Recap: Technology & Caregiving

This week’s #ElderCareChat was a big one: after a short break (the July 4th holiday fell on our regularly scheduled 1st Wednesday chat), 59 participants were back in full force to talk about technology, and the volume of tweets pushed us to the top of the Twitter trending list, where we stayed for the full hour of conversation!

The achievement …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat to Cover Complex Senior Care Conversations

As parents you may have dreaded having the “birds and bees” discussion with your children, but that probably seems a lot better than having to tell Dad that he needs to consider assisted living care for Mom because the strain of caregiving is destroying his health, or having to ask your sister what her end-of-life preferences are given her recent diagnosis of terminal illness.

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Vacation for Caregivers? Short-Term Care Helps

Imagine if caregivers had a vacation bank in which they could accumulate days off and know they would have coverage while away? Though this may be a pipe dream (for now), that does not mean caregivers should not take time to recharge. A vacation — whether it’s one day of sleeping in, doing no chores, eating meals out, and hitting the spa, or one …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 4/4/12 Recap: Hoarding and Seniors

The first time Dorothy Breininger popped into one of our #ElderCareChat discussions, I’ll admit: I was starstruck.

I’ve seen her on “Hoarders” (check it out on A&E), a show my husband and I have watched together on many occasions, and I was always impressed by her ability to work with some pretty tough people, offering them compassion and guidance but standing her ground …Read more ›

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