#ElderCareChat 9/3/14 Recap: Managing Aging Declines

During Wednesday’s live discussion, 57 new and returning participants talked about the grief, challenges and even opportunities associated with the declines of aging — both for the caregiver and the caree. You can review this week’s questions in this Storify ...

 
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Suicide Rates Among Baby Boomers and Seniors Climbing

Most of us were shocked at the tragic suicide last week of comedian and actor Robin Williams at age 63. Whenever a beloved public figure takes their life, it sparks a national dialogue and we hear from medical and psychology experts ...

 
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5 Ways to Beat Those Winter Blahs and Blues

It’s not even the end of January and winter has been brutal here in the Midwest. Along with other areas of the country unused to constant sub-zero temperatures and snow, we’re all growing weary of being stuck inside, ...

 
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Helping Depressed Seniors in Community-Based Programs

As the population of baby boomers and older adults grows, there has been a heightened awareness of the need for better diagnosis and treatment of depression in seniors. Fortunately, healthcare providers and medical facilities are now better educated on the ...

 
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Changing a Generational Bias: Therapy in Older Adults

If you ask them, you’ll find that most seniors have never had psychotherapy or any type of mental health counseling. That could be related to a prevailing belief system shared by the older adult generation that you “pull yourself ...

 
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In Caregiving, Setting Boundaries to Prevent Burnout

When you’re caring for an older adult, it’s easy to lose sight of you -- your emotions, needs and overall well-being. Even on a good caregiving day, the subtle signs of burnout may very well be present, but ...

 
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#ElderCareChat 2/20/13 Recap: Mental Health & Aging Issues

This Wednesday, 37 participants confronted a difficult but nonetheless important subject during our real-time Twitter forum: mental health and aging issues. CDC stats from 2004 say that 67% of nursing home residents have mental disorders. A recent Institute of Medicine report said 1 in 5 ...

 
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#ElderCareChat to Cover Mental Health & Aging Issues

Last week, we covered a tough topic in assisted living: mental health issues. (Read the post here.) Today at 1pm ET, we will explore that topic in more detail during our bi-monthly #ElderCareChat on Twitter, a forum that we co-moderate ...

 
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Senior Care Decisions That Keep You Up At Night

Mom wandered out of the house again yesterday. Dad hasn't been the same after his stroke. Your great aunt fell and fractured her hip.

Maybe caregiving has taken its toll on your sister, who is the sole caregiver for her ...

 
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Taking Care of Dad on Mother’s Day

Leading up to this Mother’s Day weekend, the focus has been on Mom, Grandma, and all the special women in our lives. Though the men will have their day in June, families caring for aging parents, friends and relatives ...

 
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