#ElderCareChat 4/2/14: Legal Issues in Eldercare

During Wednesday’s live discussion, 55 new and returning participants dialogued about legal issues in eldercare. Joining the conversation to add his expert insights was featured guest Howard Krooks of Elder Law Associates PA, Esq., CELA, CAP, and the President of ...

 
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#ElderCareChat 3/19/14 Recap: Loneliness Among Seniors and Caregivers

During Wednesday’s live discussion, 60 new and returning participants dialogued about the issue of loneliness among seniors and caregivers. There were so many thought-provoking, hard-hitting, heart-tugging tweets shared in the hour (733 total, to be exact), affirming the relevance and importance ...

 
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#ElderCareChat 3/5/14 Recap: Pet Therapy for Seniors and Caregivers

During Wednesday’s live discussion, 49 new and returning participants enjoyed an #ElderCareChat conversation on the benefits of pet therapy for seniors and caregivers. After recently tackling such difficult though necessary subjects as end of life care and the challenges facing ...

 
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#ElderCareChat 2/5/14 Recap: Children as Caregivers

During Wednesday’s live discussion, 60 participants — many of them new — engaged in a vibrant conversation on a topic of growing importance: youth caregivers. An estimated 1.4 million children and teens in the US are currently providing care for a family member, and as the number of those needing care continues to rise, the numbers of child caregivers will too.

Caregiving isn’t an easy role at any age, but there are ...

 
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The Dangers of Being a Caregiver to an Abusive Parent

The subject of elder abuse was not openly discussed until quite recently. Now there are laws and protections in place to help prevent older adults from being abused by family, caregivers, and institutions. The general public has a heightened awareness ...

 
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#ElderCareChat 12/4/13 Recap: How Do We Train to Care?

During Wednesday’s live discussion, 46 participants discussed strategies and ideas for training the current and next generation of caregivers, both paid and unpaid. While training isn't the only answer to better care, it is certainly beneficial even to the most ...

 
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How to Thank a Caregiver

This Thanksgiving, we should all give thanks for the people who do an often thankless job: caregivers.

We all know a caregiver. As former First Lady Rosalynn Carter said, we’ve all been touched by caregiving: either we have served (...

 
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Discovering the Benefits of a Good Caregiver Support Group

When I was a practicing psychotherapist, I often referred patients to support groups, but was selective about whom to send. Support groups aren’t for everyone; they take a certain amount of “breaking in” and require commitment to be beneficial. ...

 
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Treat the Whole Person Not the Condition

Not long ago, I ran into an older couple who looked very familiar. After searching my memory bank, I remembered – he was a distinguished professor at the small, prestigious college in the village where I grew up. His wife didn’...

 
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Caregivers Need to Know Signs of Paranoia

Mental confusion, disorientation and memory impairment are signs usually present with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. They are some of the hardest aspects for caregivers to manage. Most caregivers quickly learn how to calm and ground their loved ...

 
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