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AskAware Twitter Chat Schedule

AskAware Twitter Chat Schedule

#AskAware is a Twitter chat run by Aware Senior Care on a weekly basis.  If you're interested in participating and/or listening in, here's a schedule of our upcoming chats.

04/20/2016 Adult Day Care Marcia Jarrell
            Executive Director of SarahCare Adult Day Care
The objective of this TweetChat is to bring awareness to families who are caring for a loved one in their home and who are looking for care options that will give the individual the opportunity to participate in activities and social programs that are designed to meet the needs and abilities of those with cognitive and physical impairments.  

Adult day care centers keep families together, keep senior adults in their homes and part of their communities.  Adult day care centers are the most cost effective alternative to caring for a loved one.  Adult day care centers and in home care are the perfect combination for families who are looking to keep the senior family member aging in their own home. Participants at the end of the day get to go home and isn't that what we all want? 

Navigating the task of downsizing and later-in-life moves Jennie Alwood Zehmer

President of
Here to Home, Inc.
Senior Move Manager
The objective of this tweet chat is to get your mind around what it takes to move when you are over 60. Many people are overwhelmed with the enormity of the task of downsizing after having spent a lifetime building up a home.

-What exactly is a Senior Move Manager? How are they trained? What are the professional requirements?
-Really . . . what do they do? Can I do these things myself?
-What do I do with all my stuff when I move? What are the first steps?
-How are Senior Move Mangers different from movers?
-How much do Senior Move Managers charge?
 06/15/2016 Elder orphans: Do you have a plan? Carol Marak

Editor of SeniorCare  
The objective is to get clear on the issues of aging alone without a spouse, partner, or adult children to help out.  During the chat, we’ll discuss the 5 stages of aging and what it takes on your part to get ready for them. 

Stage 1: Self-sufficiency stage
•Assess where one lives and ask if it will support your needs later 
•Managing chronic illness on their own and learning to take better care of self to improve a healthy future
•Learn the costs of long-term care and the ways to cover them
•Create legal instructions that keep you in charge of decisions about care and finances
•Learn about the family’s medical history

Stage 2: Interdependence
•Losing independence
•More concerned about safety
•Worried about physical hindrances and some mental decline
•Experience the loss of easy access (driving at night)

Stage 3: Dependency
•The older person relies on others for help with activities of daily living
•Need help with transportation, meal planning, bathing, grooming and dressing
•Require assistance to find personal care help, therapists
•Loss of social interaction

Stage 4: Crisis management/Complex care
•The older person needs more help than what the family can give
•Coping with greater loss of physical and mental functioning, chronic pain
•Managing multiple health conditions requiring treatments and therapies. 
•Dealing with cognitive problems (thinking, memory, impulse control, judgment)

Stage 5: End of Life
•The older person must have 24/7 care 
•Multiple trips to the emergency room and the illness continues to progress significantly, affecting the quality of life
•Continue to have same or worsening symptoms
•They wish to remain at home, rather than spend time in the hospital, or must live in a nursing home
 07/13/2016 The importance of self-care in caregiving Sandra Savell

Author of "Dear Clueless: A Daughter's Journey Through Alzheimer's Caregiving"

The objective of this TweetChat is to educate caregivings on the importance of "putting your oxygen mask on fist" while caregiving.  That is, you cannot effectively care for another if you can't care for yourself.
 07/27/2016 Home Care for Veterans Omega Care Planning of NC

How to plan elder care for you or a loved one as a veteran; your options and where you can get help.
 9/14/2016 How to keep Mom (and yourself) out of a nursing home Dr. David Fisher

Doctors Making Housecalls
 Dr. David Fisher, author of "How to keep Mom (and yourself) out of a nursing home" will be joining us to discuss the core concepts of the book. Questions may include:

1. If I was to change my primary physician to a good Geriatric MD, what are the top 3-5 things I should ask to evaluate my potential new doctor?
2. In your book you describe the 7 steps to prolonging independence.  Boiling things down what would you say are the must do’s to give yourself the best chance at an independent life and why?
3. My aging parents are increasingly struggling to live and maintain their home.  When I suggest some help in the form of home care would help them I get a lot of resistance to this idea.  Can you prvide2-3 tips on having a good conversation about help in the home and how this help can prolong living independently?