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We’re In the Papers Today!

Richard and his mom.
Richard and his mom.

Pew Research Center released a study today that says about 39% of U. S. adults–up from 30% in 2010–care for an adult or child with significant health issues, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

The research takes a closer look at how you use technology and the Internet to provide care. One statistic, in particular, speaks volumes about who you are as a family caregiver:

“Thirty percent of caregivers who look online for health information say they have been asked to pay for access to some type of health information they wanted to see online, compared with 22% of non-caregivers who are online health seekers. Caregivers are tenacious: 89% of those who hit a pay wall say they tried to find the same information somewhere else; 9% gave up; 1% paid the fee. By comparison, 76% of non-caregivers who hit a paywall tried to find the information somewhere else; 19% gave up; 4% paid the fee.”

You are amazing–you will find what you need and won’t take “No” (or a paywall) for an answer. Family caregivers are incredible advocates for their carees and work diligently to remove any obstacle that gets in their way of ensuring quality care.

The research received press coverage today and we were part of it! @kreisler shared his story in a USA Today article and I’m quoted in a Reuters story.

You can read the complete research report here.

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I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues. I've written several caregiving books, including "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again." You can purchase my books and schedule a coaching call with me in our store.

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