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

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 07 September 2012

“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. Then, there were some truly unique hobbies (@ElinSilveous paints packaged condoms for bachelorette parties or just for fun), and all-around fantastic ideas for trying new things together both with your caree, or on your own. None of the activities were limited to one place either: many could be done at home, out in the community, online, or here and there. Kanesha Baynard (@itsafullnest) had a great idea for traveling without leaving the house:

“Also, setting up a postcard swap/exchange program is fun and really empowers people to get out and explore. Easy traveling.”

Most agreed that setting a schedule and making time for hobbies and activities a priority was of the utmost importance, otherwise, it doesn’t happen. When it comes to engaging in activities with a caree, having a schedule lends them a sense of control and security. Making lists of things you want to do and when is helpful too.

The following questions guided the discussion:

Q1: SHARE A FEW OF YOUR PERSONAL HOBBIES AND/OR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR CAREE, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY.
Q2. DO YOU TAKE TIME TO ENGAGE IN THESE THINGS? WHY/WHY NOT?
Q3: HOW DID YOU DISCOVER WHAT ACTIVITIES YOU COULD ENJOY WITH YOUR CAREE? (AND HOW DID YOU AMEND THEM WHEN CARE NEEDS CHANGED?)
Q4. DID YOU DEVELOP NEW PERSONAL HOBBIES WHILE SERVING AS A CAREGIVER? WHY/WHY NOT?
Q5. WHAT ARE THE BARRIERS TO ENGAGING IN THESE ACTIVITIES/HOBBIES?
Q6. HOW CAN WE OVERCOME THESE OBSTACLES?
Q7: WHAT NEW HOBBY OR ACTIVITY WILL YOU PURSUE/TRY AFTER TODAY’S CHAT?

Review these highlights:

For more insights, check out the full transcript (thanks to our friends at The Fox Group); click here to review and share it. An attendance record (assembled in a collage of participants’ avatars) and other stats can be found here: #ElderCareChat analytics.

Don’t miss our next chat: Wednesday, September 19th 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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