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Join the December 13, 2017 #ElderCareChat: Age-Friendly Communities

#ElderCareChat recap - OurParents.com

Each month, join #ElderCareChat, a real-time forum for sharing experiences and expertise in eldercare! Follow @OurParents and @ElderCareChat on Twitter to contribute to the conversation.

The next #ElderCareChat will be held on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, from 1-2 pm ET, with guest panelist Gail Kohn, coordinator of the World Health Organization Age-Friendly DC. Via the Age-Friendly DC Twitter account ( …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 10/19/16: The Power of Soft Therapies

shutterstock_431933122This week, 32 participants engaged in an inspiring conversation about the power of “soft” therapies (art, music, laughter, reminiscence, storytelling, and more). From connecting caregivers and seniors to producing joy, the benefits of such therapeutic interventions are undeniable.

We were pleased to welcome Rachelle Norman, MA, MT-BC, as our guest expert for this discussion. Rachelle is the founder of Soundscaping Source, where her mission is to bring meaningful music experiences to older adults …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 10/5/16: Fall Prevention for Seniors and Caregivers

shutterstock_225478723Falls can happen year-round, but with the new fall season now in full swing, this week’s #ElderCareChat discussion focused on statistics and strategies around fall prevention; Julie Santos of Front Porch Communities lent her expert insights as our featured guest.

Santos is the Project Specialist at Front Porch’s Center for Innovation and Wellbeing. In her role, she coordinates and organizes health education workshops for affordable senior housing communities in the …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 9/21/2016: All About Assisted Living

shutterstock_55168558September is National Assisted Living Month (NALM), so this week’s #ElderCareChat discussion was all about this popular level of senior care. Our 24 participants covered topics like what it’s like to visit, volunteer, and advocate in assisted living, among other things.

We were pleased to welcome Lakecia Harper, an LHNA who serves as health care administrator for Blakeford at Green Hills in Nashville (@Blakeford_Inc). Harper is responsible for maintaining resident medical records and …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 3/2/16: Dealing with Difficult Caregiving Issues

shutterstock_100688473This week in #ElderCareChat, 49 participants discussed some of the most difficult issues caregivers face — from burnout to grief to end-of-life decision-making. We were thrilled to welcome long-time attendee Chris MacLellan, better known as @TheBowTieGuy, to add his insights to the conversation.  (more…)

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#ElderCareChat 2/17/16 on Creativity and Caregiving

shutterstock_270367160This week in #ElderCareChat, 32 participants revisited a popular topic from last year — ways to creatively care — and discussed how creativity infuses with caregiving, how it can help us manage our stress, and how to find new, maybe even better, ways of approaching the daily tasks that caregivers must do. (more…)

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#ElderCareChat 2/3/16: Reframing Aging

shutterstock_180517850For the second #ElderCareChat of 2016, 45 participants talked about some of the toughest issues related to growing older, with the goal of reframing aging in a more positive light.

We were thrilled to welcome long-time supporter and participant Gregory Bator, perhaps better known to our forum as @GracefulAging, to lead us in this thought-provoking discussion. Licensed as an attorney …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 1/20/16: Self-Care Resolutions for the New Year

New Year 15 OP FBFor the first #ElderCareChat of 2016, 33 participants talked about personal and professional goals for the new year, along with self-care resolutions — and a pretty extensive side thread on an unexpected digression: butter. (You just never know what may come up during #ElderCareChat!)

A thoughtful and thought-provoking conversation about the true meaning of self-care surfaced, and many agreed with the …Read more ›

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Tips for Peaceful Intergenerational Family Holidays

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intergenerational familyThe holidays are a wonderful time to bring family together, but they can also be a hotbed of conflict and stress. How can young and old push past political, religious, and generational divisions to find common ground and enjoy each other’s company this holiday season?

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#ElderCareChat 12/16/2015: Holiday Safety for Seniors and Caregivers

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For the last #ElderCareChat of 2015, 31 participants talked about the hazardous side of the holidays, sharing practical tips to ensure a safer season. Bright twinkling lights and candles burning, slushy entryways and unsecured throw rugs, the clutter of decorations and young children running about, busy schedules and an absence of the usual structured routines. Extra travel, extra people, extra reminders of those loved ones …Read more ›

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