This week, a record-shattering 134 chat participants saturated the Twitter feed with thought-provoking and intense comments, questions and ideas about emotional health, particularly among caregivers and seniors. And, based on this phenomenal amount of participants and activity (714 tweets total through the hour), we held the #1 trending spot in the Northern California region, and the #4 spot in the NYC metro area.
The topic for our live forum was inspired by a recent visit with my grandmother. In a nutshell, I realized that much of her daily life is marked by grief and depression, in large part due to the great number of loved ones who have passed away recently, and in feeling like she’s a burden because she’s unable to do what she once could. Here’s a post I wrote about the visit.
During our discussion, attendees talked about the difficult emotions dominant in many older adults’ and caregivers’ lives, along with strategies for support.
The following questions took us through the hour:
Q1. Emotions, good and bad, are part of life. Does our culture embrace a healthy view of emotional health? Why/why not?
Q2: What was/is the toughest emotional struggle you’ve faced in your life?
Q3: What helped you through it (or made it worse)?
Q4: In your personal/professional experiences, what are the primary emotions caregivers/seniors are facing?
Q5: How does this impact their daily lives and how are they dealing with it?
Q6: What resources are available to help caregivers/seniors deal with these difficult emotions?
Q7: How can we better help others (and ourselves) maintain emotional health?
Check out these highlights:
Read more about grief and emotional health on our blog.
Review the wealth of resources, insights and ideas shared here, via the full chat transcript (thanks to @ctffox of The Fox Group for connecting us to this invaluable service). Analytics are available too; click here to see who attended.
Don’t miss our next chat: Wednesday, October 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 that you, or the company you represent, have to offer.