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#ElderCareChat 3/16/16 Recap: The Challenges of Long-Distance Caregiving

shutterstock_242439211In the latest installment of #ElderCareChat, 47 participants discussed the challenges unique to long-distance caregiving. We were thrilled to welcome the wonderful Kanesha Baynard of @ItsAFullNest, who has been an enthusiastic participant and engaged supporter since the early days of our real-time forum. Besides discussing the challenges of long-distance caregiving, we spent the live hour suggesting strategies for easing the burden that separating miles creates.  …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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#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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#ElderCareChat 12/2/2015: Starting a Conversation About Downsizing

shutterstock_148501178Linda Hetzer (@downsizinghome) knows all about downsizing. An author, speaker and editor, Linda helped her siblings sort through 50 years’ worth of stuff in her childhood home as they emptied their father’s house in preparation for his move to an apartment — and then co-wrote a book about it, Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home, which was followed up with a blog,  …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 9/16/15: Strategies for Healthy Aging

Many Seniors Enjoy Trying New Foods

Many Seniors Enjoy Trying New FoodsDuring Wednesday’s live discussion, 35 new and returning participants discussed strategies for staying vital and dynamic as we grow older, in keeping with September’s Healthy Aging month theme. We were pleased to welcome Dr. Deborah Kado and her team from UC San Diego’s Center for Healthy Aging and Stein Institute for Research on Aging (known on Twitter as @UCSDHealthAging). …Read more ›

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Register Now for the Next #ElderCareChat

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#ElderCareChat, which connects those passionate about sharing their experiences, challenges, suggestions, and expertise around eldercare, IS BACK!
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#ElderCareChat 2/19/14 Recap: Supporting Family Caregivers and Carees at End of Life

Review highlights from this week's conversation about end of life issues and needs for family caregivers and those in their care.During Wednesday’s live discussion, 60 participants — again, we were happy to welcome several new tweeps to the conversation — took an unflinching look at an issue many would prefer to sweep under the rug, talk about privately, or discuss only when absolutely necessary …Read more ›

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