#ElderCareChat 10/15/14 Recap: Overcoming Common Caregiving Challenges

During Wednesday’s live discussion, 44 new and returning participants shared tips and strategies for overcoming common caregiving challenges, be it incontinence, wandering (related to dementia), the need for respite, lack of support from family members, finding the best care, and ...

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The Global AgeWatch Index: A Tool for Measuring Quality of Care

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On October 1, HelpAge International launched the Global AgeWatch Index, which “ranks countries by how well their ageing populations are faring.” According to HelpAge.org, four ...

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Keeping the Peace: Blended Families and Elder Care Decision Making

A recent Johns Hopkins study reveals the unique care challenges blended families face (stepparents and their children, and this video interview from HuffPostLIVE covers the news in detail. The research states that adult children feel less obligated to provide for ...

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Leaders Discuss Challenges Facing Family Caregivers

Caregivers are everywhere. At home, in senior living, in schools, in churches, in hospitals. There are over 65 million Americans currently caring for parents, children, friends, relatives, spouses, partners. That number will only get bigger in the years to come.

As ...

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Things to Come: Health Innovations Proposed for Senior Living

A virtual talking dog. A personal emergency response system (PERS) bracelet. A caregiver background check service site. These were among the top pitches from companies presenting their innovative health products and programs at the recent AARP-sponsored Life@50+ Expo.

A recent ...

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#ElderCareChat 5/16/12 Recap: Caregiving in the Media

Would you watch a “caregiving family swap” reality show? Do you think reporters get it right when they’re covering the challenges of being a caregiver? How about celebrities talking about caregiving: what makes their stories accessible?

These were just ...

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Venting About Caring for Aging Parents, Respectfully

When I saw a tweet mentioning “elderschadenfreude” in relation to aging parents, I had to know more. I followed the link and found a new article from The Atlantic magazine, simply titled Daddy Issues.

The title’s simplicity stands in ...

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Filling the Unscheduled Time in Alzheimer’s Caregiving

Alzheimer’s was a hot topic in September, with the debut of #TalkAlz – a brand new chat we’re excited to be a part of, World Alzheimer’s Month, Alzheimer’s Action Day, World Alzheimer’s Day, thousands of Alzheimer’...

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Pat Robertson & the Alzheimer’s/Divorce Controversy: Let’s Turn It Around

A lot of people are very upset about what televangelist Pat Robertson said earlier this month. The 700 Club’s leading man was answering a viewer’s question: a friend experiencing difficulty in his marriage as a result of Alzheimer’s ...

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Living with Dementia: UK’s Design Council Challenge Underway

The UK-based Alzheimer’s Society recently shared guidelines for a new challenge set by the Design Council: Living Well with Dementia. Partnering with the Department of Health, the Council looks forward to innovative submissions that “will help improve the lives ...

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