#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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Emerging Technologies for Aging

Today's guest post is submitted by MobileHelp. MobileHelp CEO Rob Flippo is the author of the post. MobileHelp is America's leading provider of M-PERS (Mobile-Personal Emergency Response System) technology based in Boca Raton, Florida and services clients in all 50 states.  ...

 
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Why Atria Senior Living Residents Are Reading with Children

There’s a wonderful photograph posted on the Atria Senior Living Facebook page today. An Atria resident in a Dr. Seuss-inspired hat is surrounded by children eager to hear his reading of the timeless tale, The Cat in the Hat. ...

 
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5 Reasons Foster Grandparents Are Awesome

I was thrilled to stumble upon this lovely photo essay, Foster grandparent known for hugs and nurturing. The images of foster grandmother Ruthie Cruz, age 82, with toddler Will Hardin melted my heart, but as I read more about Cruz and ...

 
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Trend Watch: New Homes for the Modern Multigenerational Family

It seems that assisted living and other residential care facilities are becoming a last resort as more families turn to at-home alternatives. There’s the MEDCottage (also known as granny pods), a small, free-standing unit that is connected to the ...

 
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Why More Boomers Are Putting Careers on Hold

Caring for aging parents and relatives has meant a change in plans for many boomers at the peak of their careers, says a recent ChicagoBusiness.com article by Marcia Froelke Coburn.

Joseph Hodorowicz chose a job that offered the flexibility ...

 
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Elders Must Have Play(grounds): The Mission of Designer Michael Cohen

Playgrounds are not just for children anymore. Throughout Europe and China, and hopefully soon in the US, playgrounds for elders will be constructed in a community near you.

What does a playground for elders look like, you ask?

Face to ...

 
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#ElderCareChat 10/3/12 Recap: Quality of Life for Caregivers

Quality of life is not something that is easily put into words, but we certainly know when we don’t have the quality of life we want, or when someone else’s quality of life is not what it should ...

 
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Senior Care Around the World: Grandparents Are Primary Caregivers

Around the world, grandparents “repair toilets, paint houses and change nappies” while their children pursue their careers. That’s what Ian Linden, a professor and policy director for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, says in a recent post for HelpAge ...

 
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Survey Says: Children and Parents Disagree About Senior Housing

Maybe it goes without saying that children and parents, regardless of age, won’t always agree -- especially when it’s a decision as weighty as a senior living transition.

According to this article on SeniorHousingNews.com, the results of ...

 
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