#Blog4Care: Caring for our aging parents

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Calling all writers and bloggers! We are extending an open invitation to participate in our second #Blog4Care blog carnival. 

This is the moment we are in: Millions of us are caregivers, and caring for our aging parents. More than one out of every eight Americans is over the age of 65, and that number will more than double by 2050. Seventy percent of older Americans will need long-term care at some point in their lives. We need to prepare for and embrace who we are becoming as a nation, and find a way to ensure we can all access quality, dignified, and affordable care when we need it.

We will be publishing the #Blog4Care blog carnival at the end of July, with a range of personal and policy perspectives on caring for our aging parents. Do you have an opinion, analysis or personal story you want to share? We want your voice to be part of it!

We want to hear from you — our stories are powerful, and need to be shared so that we can begin to create solutions together. If you or someone you know has had any of these experiences, we hope you will join #Blog4Care and share your story with us on your blog:

If you are interested in participating, please see the detailed guidelines below. The deadline to submit a blog post is Monday, July 21, 2014.

WHAT’S A BLOG CARNIVAL? 

A blog carnival is an online action that aims to utilize the growing power of our combined reach on social media (blogs, Facebook, Twitter and more) to jumpstart — and jump into! — a national conversation.

This blog carnival about caregiving and caring for our aging parents will feature links to blog posts on topics ranging from the personal to the political. We’ll put the links to these posts together in one overarching post that will serve to host and introduce the blog carnival.

In addition, we’ll amplify the blog carnival post on our Facebook page and with tweets from the Caring Across Twitter account @CaringAcrossGen using relevant hashtags.




THE INSTRUCTIONS

Thank you so much for wanting to be part of our second #Blog4Care blog carnival. Below, you will find general information as well as a how-to for how to post. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out.

CONTENT GUIDELINES: Caring Across Generations invites you to write stories and opinions from the personal to the political. We ask that you focus on the topic of this blog carnival, which is “Caring for our aging parents.” Blog posts can be just a few paragraphs or much longer, but we recommend your post be about 500 to 800 words.

Caring Across Generations appreciates original content and we are also happy to re-post previously written content as long as you add a sentence or two on why this post is relevant to this particular blog carnival.

WHAT TO SUBMIT ALONG WITH A POST: Please email the following information to Esther Wang by no later than Monday, July 21, 2014 at esther@caringacrossgenerations.org:

The more blog posts, the merrier (and the bigger the impact we’ll have overall). So in addition to submitting your own blog post, if you know anyone else who may like to participate, feel free to share this #Blog4Care invitation with them.

TIMELINE: The blog carnival will take place over a week-long period beginning at the end of July. The deadline for submitting your post URL is Monday, July 21, 2014.

DETAILS ON THE TWEETING: When the #Blog4Care blog carnival is published, each post will be tweeted and retweeted with pertinent hashtags. All tweets will be posted with the #Blog4Care hashtag. We encourage you to search for these tweets from @CaringAcrossGen to retweet them from your own account, and to comment using the appropriate hashtags and tagging @CaringAcrossGen in your tweet so we can respond easily to thank you! We also encourage you to send these tweets to those in your online community and to other bloggers to invite their tweets and comments.