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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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#ElderCareChat 11/16/11 Recap: Alzheimer’s from the Frontlines

A culmination of feedback from 130 public input sessions, a national Telephone Town Hall meeting, and comments on the NAPA web site (all facilitated by the Alzheimer’s Association), resulted in the Alzheimer’s from the Frontlines report, in which the top 10 challenges facing Alzheimer’s caregivers and those living with the disease are outlined.

This week’s #ElderCareChat discussion was centered on those challenges; participants …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 11/2/11 Recap: Solutions for the Age Wave

There’s no denying it: the age wave or silver tsunami will hit. It’s a matter of when, and what destruction will be left in its wake. Affordable, accessible, high-quality long term care for today’s (and tomorrow’s) seniors is not secure, not a sure thing.

Sadly, we’re not being overly dramatic. The economy has weakened considerably, public and private funding streams are drying up, costs are …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 10/19/11 Recap: The Hidden Benefits of Caregiving

Caregiving gets a bad rap. Most of the time, it’s the bad guy. Headlines of posts shout about the burnout, stress, challenges, and struggles. Defeat and discouragement are at the forefront of caregiver conversations.

But what about the benefits? The victories, the rewards, the triumphs?

This Wednesday, inspired by “Caregiving’s Hidden Benefits,” the intriguing piece from the NYT’s New Old Age blog, a record-breaking …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 10/5/11 Recap: Downsizing, Dealing with Seniors’ Stuff

Downsizing and dealing with stuff is a big part of caring for a parent, friend or relative who needs to move out of their home (say, into assisted living) – or to make their home a safer place to be. In keeping with many aspects of caregiving, it’s a difficult process, especially when other family members get involved. The transition is fraught with emotion, …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 9/21/11 Recap: Best Caregiving Tips

This Wednesday, 62 diverse and dynamic eldercare tweeps shared their best and favorite caregiving tips.

Kicking off the discussion was a query for best tips on staying organized, as caregivers are juggling countless responsibilities, paperwork, appointments, schedules, and more. Among the recommendations:

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