#eldercarechat Articles

#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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#ElderCareChat 1/22/14 Recap: Alzheimer’s Research Update

Get highlights from this week's conversation on Alzheimer's research updates, with insights from special guest Claire Day of the Alzheimer's Association.During Wednesday’s live discussion, 41 participants engaged in a conversation about the state of Alzheimer’s research. This week, we welcomed special guest Claire Day, who currently serves as Vice President of Constituent Services for the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 12/4/13 Recap: How Do We Train to Care?

Get highlights from this week's conversation about essential eldercare training programs.During Wednesday’s live discussion, 46 participants discussed strategies and ideas for training the current and next generation of caregivers, both paid and unpaid. While training isn’t the only answer to better care, it is certainly beneficial even to the most experienced caregiver. This week’s attendees shared their honest opinions, thoughtful perspectives and creative solutions …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 11/20/13 Recap: Managing Holiday Stress

Get highlights from this week's conversation about the stressful side of the holidays, and how to overcome these challenges so we can enjoy the season.During Wednesday’s live discussion, 42 attendees talked about holiday stresses that particularly affect older adults and their caregivers, along with strategies for successful stress management and a happier holiday season. We also shared our own personal stressors and favorite holiday …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 10/16/13 Recap: You Won the Lottery: What Eldercare Services Will You Start?

Get the highlights from this week's conversation about what eldercare services we would start if the money was freely flowing and readily available.This week, 42 chat participants dreamed with us: we won the lottery, and it was time to “spend the dough” on vital eldercare services. During our live discussion, attendees talked about the programs, services, housing options, training courses, support systems, technology, and other …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 12/19/12 Recap: The Gifts of Caregiving Help

This Wednesday, 33 participants gathered for our bi-monthly #ElderCareChat on Twitter to discuss the programs, tools and information available to caregivers, and perhaps more importantly, how to help them access these valuable resources. We also brainstormed about ways to involve the media in raising awareness of caregivers’ needs, as well as broadcasting the local and national support services available. This topic was suggested by …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 9/5/12 Recap: Meaningful Activities & Hobbies

“These are a few of my favorite things…”

The words of the well-known song inspired this week’s conversation, and the range of best-loved activities and hobbies shared by our 60 participants was quite broad. There were the classics: watching movies, cooking, crosswords, shopping, board games, spending time outdoors, listening to music. There were some digital age favorites too, like Facebook, Pinterest, word game apps. …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 8/15/12 Recap: Avoiding Burnout

A record-breaking 91 participants attended last week’s chat on burnout (seems this is an issue that many can relate to, yes?). While you engaged and conversed, I was avoiding burnout by taking a week to rest and recharge in the mountains of Pennsylvania, where I was able to fully disconnect from technology, work, and to do lists. So before I share this recap, I …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 8/1/12 Recap: Home Modifications for Caregivers

Another great #ElderCareChat conversation took place this week, and again, our discussion hit the Twitter #trending list!

Given our last dialogue on helpful technologies available to caregivers, Wednesday’s chat on helpful home modifications was a perfect follow-up. As always, a gathering of thoughtful people who care about elders and caregivers shared a wealth of wonderful ideas throughout the hour. (A little side note: when I …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 5/2/12 Recap: The Importance of Respite

Even if we’re not directly involved in caregiving, we all need time to recharge. All too often though, we pack our weekends with more activities than rest. We spend Saturdays and Sundays catching up on home improvement projects, errands, and other tasks that drain our energy rather than restore it. The demands of caregiving and its sometimes non-stop pace makes even the thought of …Read more ›

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