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 a regular attendee, @CaregivingCafe, in November’s future topic ideas chat; the following questions framed the hour-long conversation (which, as usual, flew by!):
Q1. What’s the first thing caregivers should know/read/learn about?
Q2: How can we encourage caregivers to reach out for help without feeling guilty or inadequate?
Q3: What has been the single most helpful tip/resource for you as a caregiver (or for the caregivers you know)?
Q4: Where are the gaps in resources/services/information for caregivers?
Q5: What keeps caregivers from accessing resources that are available?
Q6: How can we remove these obstacles?
Q7: How about life after caregiving? Do we need more resources for this stage?
Q8: Should the mainstream media be more involved in broadcasting caregiver resources?
Q9: How can the media create awareness of caregiver resources and needs?
Check out these highlights:
Review all the terrific thoughts and ideas shared here, via the full chat transcript (thanks to @ctffox of The Fox Group for furnishing this service). Analytics are available too; click here for the “chat stats.”
To learn more about how and when to reach out for help, consider these posts:
- How Do You Know When a Senior Needs Care?
- ElderCareChat 9/21/11 Recap Post: Best Caregiving Tips
- Don’t Get Angry, Get Help: Alzheimer’s Care Options
Don’t miss our next chat, the first one in 2013: Wednesday, January 2nd at 1pm ET. Please note that we meet only on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Anyone who is interested in and passionate about eldercare issues can join our chat — 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.