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#ElderCareChat Recap 3/21/12: Travel tips for caregivers

Spring and summer are generally the heaviest travel months, but being a caregiver can certainly put a strain on the usual plans. As the conversation often circled back to the importance of planning ahead, there is no time like the present to start preparing for a summer getaway. (And plan a getaway you should, even if you’re a caregiver. It’s good for everyone to …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat Recap 3/7/12: Transportation and Mobility Challenges

Senior mobility and transportation issues … it’s a huge topic so we certainly didn’t get to everything in one hour’s time, but that was the focus for this week’s #ElderCareChat conversation.

Clearly a topic of interest as we were bursting at the seams with 74 participants, #ElderCareChat attendees kicked off the hour with a dialogue about the barriers to transportation. They shared practical tips, ideas …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat Recap 2/15/12: Meeting the Needs of the Working Family Caregiver

Meeting the needs of the working family caregiver was the topic on the table at this week’s #ElderCareChat forum. As always, our participants engaged in a lively discussion, tweeting practical tips, ideas and resources for those balancing a career and caregiving responsibilities. Also shared were action-oriented suggestions around making the workplace a culture that recognizes and supports caregivers.

Framing the conversation were the following questions:

  1. How …Read more ›
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#ElderCareChat 2/1/12 Recap: Reaching and Teaching Caregivers

Improving caregiver outreach and education, a topic suggested by a group participant, was the foundation for this week’s #ElderCareChat. True to form, a diverse and enthusiastic group of 57 chatters (a good mix of new and returning tweeters among them) talked about strategies for reaching and teaching caregivers in a variety of settings.

Framing the conversation were the following questions:

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Teaching Caregivers in Senior Living and Beyond

Your school days may be far behind you, but if you are a caregiver — whether at home, in senior living, or elsewhere — education and ongoing training is essential.

Thousands of articles and expert opinions about caregiving emphasize the importance of “taking care of you” in order to be a better caregiver. One way of accomplishing this goal (while also fulfilling the …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 1/18/12 Recap: Life in the Sandwich Generation

With one tweeter describing himself as a Big Mac (he’s caring for his son, a wife who has FTLD, a form of dementia, and his father, who has cancer), the 67 participants in this week’s installment of #ElderCareChat talked about life as “sandwiched” caregivers. The hour flew by as attendees shared survival tips, the benefits of multi-generational households, how to balance everyone’s needs (including …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 12/14/11 Recap: Holiday Stress Survival Tips

With less than two weeks to go until Christmas, this week’s #ElderCareChat tackled holiday stress – the kind that particularly hassles caregivers. And speaking of tackling, the discussion fittingly covered how to handle those “Monday morning quarterbacks,” i.e. visiting relatives who (non-constructively) critique caregiving efforts, usually with no intention of pitching in.

Participants shared mostly non-eggnog-related strategies for combating holiday stress (and tweets about what …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 11/30/11 Recap: Gift Ideas for Seniors and Caregivers

With Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday behind us and the saturation of holiday shopping ads still before us, this week’s #ElderCareChat was focused on a different kind of gift-giving, thanks to tweets shared by a record-breaking 84 participants.

Focusing on our “grown-up wish lists”, participants gave Santa a run for his money with incredibly creative, positively practical, and thoughtfully-considered gift ideas for …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 11/16/11 Recap: Alzheimer’s from the Frontlines

A culmination of feedback from 130 public input sessions, a national Telephone Town Hall meeting, and comments on the NAPA web site (all facilitated by the Alzheimer’s Association), resulted in the Alzheimer’s from the Frontlines report, in which the top 10 challenges facing Alzheimer’s caregivers and those living with the disease are outlined.

This week’s #ElderCareChat discussion was centered on those challenges; participants …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 11/2/11 Recap: Solutions for the Age Wave

There’s no denying it: the age wave or silver tsunami will hit. It’s a matter of when, and what destruction will be left in its wake. Affordable, accessible, high-quality long term care for today’s (and tomorrow’s) seniors is not secure, not a sure thing.

Sadly, we’re not being overly dramatic. The economy has weakened considerably, public and private funding streams are drying up, costs are …Read more ›

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