Caregivers use Facebook to stay connected


November 18, 2010

Caregivers often feel isolated due to their responsibilities toward a spouse or older parent. Recent research conducted by Comscore has found that many of these individuals are relying on Facebook to stay connected to friends and family, according to

Caregivers are engaging in social media for a variety of reasons, but the most important one is that they are seeking a community. It is helpful to know that the burden is shared by many different households. Websites such as Facebook offer a way for those in similar situations to connect and share advice.

Keeping up with loved ones is also made easier with Facebook, because the site can allow users to instantly update their status so everyone can read it. This may even help others better put themselves in a caregiver's shoes.

Researching online can also be a boon to those who are at a loss for what to do. Caretaking responsibilities can seem to happen overnight and using social media can help one become familiar with their new situation.

Those who are looking for a way to better manage their duties and de-stress their lives may want to invest in a medical alert system. This device can be used by an older adult to send out an instant medical alert to doctors if they require assistance, so that caregivers can have some peace of mind.