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#ElderCareChat 9/21/11 Recap: Best Caregiving Tips

This Wednesday, 62 diverse and dynamic eldercare tweeps shared their best and favorite caregiving tips.

Kicking off the discussion was a query for best tips on staying organized, as caregivers are juggling countless responsibilities, paperwork, appointments, schedules, and more. Among the recommendations:

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#ElderCareChat 8/24/11 Recap: Caregiving’s Difficult Decisions

Caregiving isn’t for wimps. The experience is rife with difficult decisions, which is what we talked about in the latest installment of #ElderCareChat.

Kicking off the discussion was a dialogue about what makes decisions of any kind (caregiving-related or not) difficult. Prime culprits were conflicting emotions like guilt, anger, grief, and resentment; fear of the unknown, and unknowable outcomes; and since few of us make …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 101: A Resource for Caregivers & Senior Care Professionals

Twitter invites people to “join the conversation” – and at Seniors for Living (@Seniors4Living), we’ve taken that invitation a step further.

This past November, our team joined forces with Denise Brown (@Caregiving) of to start a new conversation on Twitter about a subject near and dear to both of us: all things elder care.

Our first #ElderCareChat (@ElderCareChat) was on Wednesday, November 17th …Read more ›

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3 Generations Reveal Beauty, Strain of Senior Caregiving

A touching article on the Woman’s Day website highlights the beauty and the strain of caring for an ailing elderly parent.

The article is divided into three parts. The first is by the elderly mother, the second by the caregiver daughter and the third by the long-distance granddaughter.

The caregiver, D.G. Fulford, moved closer to her mother years ago, expecting the move to be short-term. Instead, she ended up staying and eventually caring for her mom. …Read more ›

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Hiring in-Home Senior Caregivers: Agency Versus Individual Aides

Continuing our themed posts for National Aging in Place Week, today, we’ll touch on home care.

Growing older in your own home often requires in-home care. The Wall Street Journal points out that the care may come in the form of adult children or hired professionals. Whichever you decide on, the Journal offers some quick, basic tips in their video “Health Minute: Aid for Aging Parents.” For example:

If you want to hire …Read more ›

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Technology Ideas: Help for Senior Caregivers

The New York Times has an interesting list of some high-tech options to help make senior caregivers’ lives easier. They include:

  • An online calendar where you can post what needs to be done. Friends and family sign up for tasks.
  • Sensors that monitor things like a home’s temperature, whether the front door has been opened, or a person’s glucose level, and relay that information so a caregiver can view it.
  • A talking medication dispenser that alerts a …Read more ›
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Caregivers’ Points of View: When They Knew They Needed Help

Yesterday, we talked about caregiving spouses who need help but don’t seek it. Recently, asked their readers, “When did you know you needed more help?” Respondents included one woman who discovered that asking for help actually fulfilled other people’s needs:

I asked my two sweet nieces for help with cleaning. I had not wanted to do this, because they are both young mothers. They said “All you had to do was …Read more ›

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Why Caregiving Spouses Need a Watchful Eye Too

People caring for elderly spouses may not admit when they desperately need help, according to The Washington Post. This can be devastating not just for the caregiver’s mental well-being, but also for his or her physical health. The Post reports:

Caregivers under stress have higher levels of depression and anxiety; their immune systems suffer. A 2005 Commonwealth Fund overview found that caregivers of all ages reported chronic conditions — including heart disease, diabetes, cancer and …Read more ›

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New Caregivers Booklet Offers Financial Tips, Training Information

Considering caring for your aging parents at home? mentions a recently updated booklet you might find helpful. Care for the Family Caregiver: A Place to Start offers an overview of aspects you’ll likely encounter. You can download it by clicking here (external link).

Perhaps the most helpful information in this 56-page publication from the National Alliance for Caregiving and the EmblemHealth insurance company starts on page 21. Here, …Read more ›

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3 Financial Tips for Sibling Caregivers, From The WSJ

When a parent needs home care, sibling tensions need to fly out the window. But that’s easier said than done.

The Wall Street Journal features tips for navigating—and troubleshooting—when brothers and sisters have to come together for mom and dad. One rocky area it covers: financial arrangements. A few of their tips:

1. Consider that the caregiving sibling may need to get paid.

Particularly when caregivers make financial sacrifices, elder-law attorneys say it can …Read more ›

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