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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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#ElderCareChat 4/18/12 Recap: The Future of Geriatric Care

Bariatric toilets, more male caregivers, turning the tide on diabetes, and better nurse to patient ratios: we covered all of this and more in our latest #ElderCareChat on the future of geriatric care. Inspired by a recent New York Times article on emergency rooms dedicated to seniors (read it here), co-moderator Denise Brown of Caregiving.com (@caregiving) encouraged thoughtful dialogue among and creative …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 4/4/12 Recap: Hoarding and Seniors

The first time Dorothy Breininger popped into one of our #ElderCareChat discussions, I’ll admit: I was starstruck.

I’ve seen her on “Hoarders” (check it out on A&E), a show my husband and I have watched together on many occasions, and I was always impressed by her ability to work with some pretty tough people, offering them compassion and guidance but standing her ground …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat Recap 3/21/12: Travel tips for caregivers

Spring and summer are generally the heaviest travel months, but being a caregiver can certainly put a strain on the usual plans. As the conversation often circled back to the importance of planning ahead, there is no time like the present to start preparing for a summer getaway. (And plan a getaway you should, even if you’re a caregiver. It’s good for everyone to …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat to Cover Travel Tips for Caregivers

On the first and third Wednesday of each month, a group of elder care advocates and professionals gather for a real-time conversation on Twitter: #ElderCareChat (read more about it here). Currently in its second year, the SeniorsforLiving.com team co-founded and co-moderates this forum with Denise Brown of Caregiving.com.

Topics have run the gamut from hoarding and downsizing issues to caring for someone with …Read more ›

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Teaching Caregivers in Senior Living and Beyond

Your school days may be far behind you, but if you are a caregiver — whether at home, in senior living, or elsewhere — education and ongoing training is essential.

Thousands of articles and expert opinions about caregiving emphasize the importance of “taking care of you” in order to be a better caregiver. One way of accomplishing this goal (while also fulfilling the …Read more ›

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