#ElderCareChat 1/2/13: Innovative Programs for Caregivers & Seniors

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 04 January 2013

This Wednesday, 37 dynamic participants gathered on Twitter for the first bi-monthly #ElderCareChat of 2013. The topic on the table: innovative programs for caregivers and seniors, a subject that was suggested in last November’s future topic ideas chat.

Our conversation included cutting-edge, creative resources currently available, and those we hope to see developed in the future. Interesting discussion threads emerged regarding technology that could be considered controversial (GPS devices/chips in clothing) and whether technology itself is truly helpful for caregivers and seniors.

As usual, the hour flew by — much like each participant’s fingers were likely flying over the keyboard to keep up — as the group tackled the following questions:

Q1. What makes a program or service for family caregivers and/or seniors innovative?
Q2. What are the challenges in creating an innovative program or service that serves family caregivers and/or older adults?
Q3. What’s an innovative technology that helps family caregivers and/or older adults?
Q4. What’s an innovative program (either national or local) that’s helping family caregivers and/or older adults?
Q5. What’s an innovative advocacy program that’s helping family caregivers and/or older adults?
Q6. What’s an innovative website that’s helping family caregivers and/or older adults?
Q7. What’s an innovative technology you’d like to see?
Q8. What’s an innovative program you’d like to see?
Q9. What’s an innovative website you’d like to see?
Q10. What’s an innovative advocacy program you’d like to see?

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.”

Don’t miss our next chat: Wednesday, January 16th 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.



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