#ElderCareChat 1/8/14 Recap: Brainstorming Ideas for Future Discussions

During Wednesday’s live discussion, 52 attendees — many of them first-time participants — shared their topic ideas for the 2014 chat lineup, along with recommendations for keeping our forum as a valuable resource for the eldercare community in the US and abroad (again, ...

 
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How to Find Rest When You’re Caring Around the Clock

Caring for another human being is a big deal.

No matter what the age, relationship or needs, caregiving is an often stressful, at times rewarding, many times frustrating, almost always exhausting experience. But if the person you’re caring for ...

 
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How to… Age in Place, Simply: An Interview with Author Rachel Adelson

“Aging brings change, but that doesn’t mean it brings disability.”

This tenet runs throughout a new book called Staying Power: Age-Proof Your Home for Comfort, Safety and Style. Its author, Rachel Adelson, bases most of her age-in-place advice on ...

 
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How to… Have a Meaningful Retirement

A meaningful retirement starts with a plan, and by that, we don’t mean a financial plan (though that’s important too). After years of working, having a schedule on your days off may not sound like fun, but without ...

 
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How to… Delegate Elder Care Tasks

Raise your hand if you like asking for help. (I’m guessing that if I could see all of our readers right now, there’d be few or no hands raised.) For whatever reason, be it cultural, societal, or just ...

 
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How to… Balance Life As a Sandwich Caregiver

The kids have soccer practice until 4, and Dad’s doctor’s appointment is at 4:30. Your husband gets home around 6 and hopes dinner will be ready soon after. There’s a check that needs to be deposited at the bank, you’...

 
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Architects Sleep Over in Senior Living for Design Direction

The idea was born in 2008, when David Dillard, a principal at D2 Architecture and part of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), was managing over 75 employees, about 40 percent of which specialized in architecture for seniors. “The Sleepover Project” was his ...

 
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How to…Take a Caregiving Break

There’s no way I can take a break from caregiving! If that’s what you’re thinking upon first glance at this post, KEEP READING. A break is possible -- and absolutely necessary. Check out our tips, ideas and ...

 
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How to… Keep a Loved One’s Memories Alive

The heartbreak that follows the death of a loved one is not easily mended, but after the denial, numbness and shock wears off, perhaps the hardest part of grief is figuring out what comes next. How does one simply get ...

 
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#ElderCareChat 3/6/13 Recap Post: Where Should Elder Care Dollars Go?

This Wednesday, 45 participants from all walks of the elder care life engaged in a bit of role-playing for our conversation on financing. As usual, it was a lively -- or “hopping,” as faithful attendee @NatriceR described it -- hour of ...

 
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