Caregivers Hit The Web, Now More Than Ever

Where do most caregivers get the information they need to take care of a loved one? Apparently on the Internet, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. Some 67 percent of caregivers who have internet access look online for health information, outpacing other Internet users on every health topic included in the study, from looking up certain treatments to hospital ratings to end-of-life decisions. “Caregivers use the internet to navigate the frontier of home health care,” says …

Putting Yourself in the Other Guy’s Shoes

Few of us have a clue about what it’s really like to be old. Yes, we know it involves physical limitations, like loss of mobility, flexibility, strength, dexterity and eyesight (to say nothing about the cognitively impaired). But what does it feel like and why do we care? Remember that old adage about walking a mile in another man’s shoes? Unless you’ve been there, you’ll never know. That is, unless you live near San Pedro, Calif. As part of its …

9 Need-to-Know Technologies for Caregivers

Can you say the Jetsons? Increasingly, family caregivers are getting a helping hand through high-tech products and services. Bone up on these trends: GPS safety technology provides the location of the wearer: devices can be used on the wrist, as a clip-on, or on a pendant. Some cars and smart phones have them – enabling you to speak or touch your desired destination – and see or hear turn-by-turn instructions. Promoted: Join AARP Live’s “Town Hall” on May 17th to …