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Conversation vs. Confrontation: Guidelines for Effective Communication with Your Aging Parents

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Conversation vs confrontationThe prospect of talking with your parents about senior living may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. With effective, empowering communication strategies, these conversations can actually be a relationship-affirming experience, says David Solie, MS, PA, an author, educator, healthcare provider, and thought leader on the developmental psychology of the second half of life.

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Protecting Seniors’ Financial Assets for Future Generations

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protect financial assetsMy grandmother is 90 years old and lives in a nursing home. She worked her whole life and amassed a decent amount of wealth, only to have most of it drained away in her years in independent living, then assisted living, and now in a nursing home with dementia care.


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#ElderCareChat 1/16/13 Recap: Eldercare Around the World

Find out what eldercare looks like in other countries via the recap of this week's #ElderCareChat conversation.This Wednesday, a lively dialogue among our 36 attendees offered a much broader perspective of senior and caregiving issues than usual: eldercare around the world. In the hour-long conversation, we found that while some countries are unique in their eldercare programs and philosophies, the issues and challenges (limited …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!

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#ElderCareChat 6/6/12 Recap: Complex Caregiving Conversations

Caring for an elder you love — be it a grandparent, parent, friend, spouse, or sibling — inevitably prompts the need for complex conversations you’d probably rather avoid…

  • Do you want extraordinary measures to be taken?
  • You need help around the house.
  • What if the doctor is wrong?
  • I can no longer care for you in my home; we need to consider assisted living.
  • When am I going home?


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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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#ElderCareChat 5/16/12 Recap: Caregiving in the Media

Would you watch a “caregiving family swap” reality show? Do you think reporters get it right when they’re covering the challenges of being a caregiver? How about celebrities talking about caregiving: what makes their stories accessible?

These were just a few of the issues the 67 attendees debated in this week’s #ElderCareChat, led by co-moderator and co-founder Denise Brown of (@caregiving). Setting the framework …Read more ›

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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 8/12/11 Recap: Why We Love Elders

Since our inaugural forum in November 2010, the #ElderCareChat following has gained tremendous momentum.  We’re thrilled to announce that our most recent discussion – held on Wednesday, August 10th – had 84 participants! Thank you to all who attended, and especially to those who have faithfully supported our efforts since that first fall chat.

Partnering with Denise Brown of (@Caregiving), the @Seniors4Living team is …Read more ›

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