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5 Survival Tips for Caregiving Around the Clock

5 SurvIval Tips for Caregiving

5 SurvIval Tips for CaregivingNovember is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. Because caregiving is often a 24/7 commitment, the 2017 theme is timely—“Caregiving Around the Clock.”

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#ElderCareChat 10/1/14 Recap: Helping Ourselves During Tough Times

Review highlights from this week's discussion about taking care of ourselves and others during tough times.During Wednesday’s live discussion, 56 new and returning participants shared tips and strategies for successful self-care, and the care of others, during tough times in our lives. As caregivers and as caring people, we all face difficult life phases, transitional periods of growth and change, pivotal points in our …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 9/4/13 Recap: Managing Resistance to Care & Help

Get discussion highlights from this week's live Twitter forum about managing resistance to care and help.This week, 33 chat participants shared their own personal and professional experiences with managing resistance to care and help, both from the caregiver’s point of view to that of the person needing care or help. From fear and shame, to stubbornness and pride, to generational attitudes and cultural differences, …Read more ›

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How to… Delegate Elder Care Tasks

The only thing harder than caregiving? Asking for help in it. Review this post for a how-to on delegating elder care tasks.Raise your hand if you like asking for help. (I’m guessing that if I could see all of our readers right now, there’d be few or no hands raised.) For whatever reason, be it cultural, societal, or just plain stubbornness, asking for help …Read more ›

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How to… Balance Life As a Sandwich Caregiver

As a sandwich generation caregiver, you're probably being stretched in numerous directions. Check out these resources to help keep your life in balance.The kids have soccer practice until 4, and Dad’s doctor’s appointment is at 4:30. Your husband gets home around 6 and hopes dinner will be ready soon after. There’s a check that needs to be deposited at the bank, you’re out of …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 4/3/13 Recap: Staying Motivated to Help Others

This week's #ElderCareChat conversation was all about the ways we stay inspired to care for others in our communities, both personally and professionally.This Wednesday, 52 participants at our live Twitter forum shared the ways they stay motivated and inspired to help others, whether as caregivers, as people in helping professions, or just as caring individuals. As usual, each attendee walked away with valuable advice, …Read more ›

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How to… Know When It’s Time to Start Seeking Home Care

Check out our timing tips and where-to-start resources for making a decision about home care. You’re concerned for a senior loved one who lives at home alone or with a spouse/partner (for whom you may also be concerned). Maybe you’re providing care for a few hours a day or a few hours a week. Maybe you’re checking in …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 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 5/16/12 Recap: Caregiving in the Media

Would you watch a “caregiving family swap” reality show? Do you think reporters get it right when they’re covering the challenges of being a caregiver? How about celebrities talking about caregiving: what makes their stories accessible?

These were just a few of the issues the 67 attendees debated in this week’s #ElderCareChat, led by co-moderator and co-founder Denise Brown of Caregiving.com (@caregiving). Setting the framework …Read more ›

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