A just released stuffy by the Pew Family Trust on Care, Pew Internet Project and supported by funding from the California HealthCare Foundation found a fact professional ‘s working with seniors already know – almost a third of us are family caregivers. That includes midlife siblings, and wives. The much anticipated study found the 30% of US adults are caregivers.
Plus the study confirmed another fact that caregivers and aging families know but is now substantiated. Technology and the Internet is a key tool that sibling and more often spouse caregivers use to render care to aging family members.
According to the Pew report caregivers are “ voracious health information consumers. They outpace other Internet users often by double-digit margins,
Family caregivers are use technology as a care-giving tool. Compared with their noncaregiving peers, family caregivers are more likely to
• have a cell phone or other mobile device, such as a smartphone (90% vs 82%);
• use the Internet or email (79% vs. 71%);
• have a desktop computer (64% vs. 58%);
• have a laptop computer (55% vs. 51%).
• According to the Pew Report:
Are you a family, sibling or spousal caregiver and use technology? Check out this report.
If you are a aging professional, this is important information on how to reach your potential clients.Professional geriatric care managers should check out Julia Menack’s Technology to Support Aging In Place in the third edition of Handbook of Geriatric Care Management 2011.