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Mar 17 2009

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Great new sources of caregiving info online

Ed Cohen

March 16, 2009

There are 34 million people serving as caregivers in the United States, according to Jill Gilbert, president and CEO of GilbertGuide.com. That’s a website dedicated to helping caregivers find practical advice fast. She was part of a panel session today featuring administrators of websites geared to caregivers.

Andy Cohen, CEO and co-founder of the site Caring.com, said 50 percent of Baby Boomers are already caring for an elder loved one. These Boomers spend an average of 20 hours a week in caregiving, 71 percent of them buy products or services for their parents, and the first place they look for information on caregiving is the Web, he said.

The federal government’s own Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is making a new push into social media. Susie Butler, director of the centers’ division of provider affairs, said the idea is to help beneficiaries by reaching out to the people who are taking care of them. At the CMS site, caregivers can also sign up for an e-newsletter for caregivers that was launched last fall.

The Alzheimer’s Association website, www.alz.org, has message boards where caregivers can share information with each other. There’s also a separate section where there are posts by actual Alzheimer’s patients, people under 65 who have been diagnosed with the early-onset form of the disease. The Alzheimer’s Association also staffs a telephone helpline available 24/7: 800-272-3900.

Nevada caregivers looking for info should also keep in mind the Nevada Care Connection/Aging and Disability Resource Center site, http://www.nevadaadrc.com/.

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