#ElderCareChat 7/18/12 Recap: Technology & Caregiving

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 20 July 2012

This week’s #ElderCareChat was a big one: after a short break (the July 4th holiday fell on our regularly scheduled 1st Wednesday chat), 59 participants were back in full force to talk about technology, and the volume of tweets pushed us to the top of the Twitter trending list, where we stayed for the full hour of conversation!

The achievement was quite appropriate, since our discussion was focused on the interface between caregiving and technology… and several attendees mentioned our chat as one of the great resources available to help today’s caregivers.

From discussions about the ethics of using robots to privacy issues to connectivity challenges, tweets were flying around the following questions:

Q1: What’s your favorite new technology (gadget, software, app, online tool) that helps simplify your caregiving life?
Q2. Do you know caregivers (at home or in elder care settings) who use technology in providing care?
Q3: What tools/technology have you found are most effective in streamlining/simplifying caregiving or searching for care?
Q4. What are the barriers to accessing/effectively using these technologies?
Q5. Name some emerging technologies, or share your ideas about technology that would be useful in caregiving (but isn’t designed yet).
Q6. What concerns you about technology’s role in the future of eldercare?
Q7. Would you ever consider using a robot to deliver care? Why/why not? (If you’re intrigued by this question, check out my guest post for McKnight’s Long-Term Care News on the subject.)

Review these highlights (Please note: the hour was filled to the brim with great ideas for various uses of gadgets, programs and apps to simplify caregiving. I strongly encourage you to review the full transcript to get them all):

For more insights, check out the full transcript (our friends at The Fox Group provide this wonderful service); click here to review and share it. Peruse an attendance record (assembled in a collage of participants’ avatars) and other stats via these #ElderCareChat analytics.

Don’t miss our next chat: Wednesday, August 1st at 1pm ET. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Anyone who is interested in and passionate about eldercare issues can join us — anytime. Prior participation is not required, nor is there a need to stay for the full hour.

If the “real-time” frame doesn’t sync with your schedule, or if you feel that your question or idea requires well beyond 140 characters, start a discussion thread on our LinkedIn page or use the #eldercarechat hashtag. The LinkedIn group is also a great place to continue previous discussions, connect with those who share similar interests, or talk about the services you — or the company you represent — have to offer.



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