This Wednesday, 37 participants at our live Twitter forum discussed recently released findings about caregivers from the Pew Research Center. Much of the data was focused on the use of technology to aid in the caregiving experience, or how caregivers are “wired” for health. #ElderCareChat attendees engaged in dialogue about the barriers and benefits to using apps and other tech tools for caregiving, the amount and quality of online caregiving resources, what questions about caregivers should be covered in future studies, and more. As is often the case, many of the discussion threads led to more excellent questions — and even some solutions.
The following questions took us through the hour:
Q1. 39% of US adults (up from 30% in 2010) are family caregivers. What’s the impact of these numbers?
Q2. 70% of American track health data “in their heads.” Why do you think this is?
Q3. Only 7% said they used apps and other tools on a mobile device to track health indicators. Why so low?
Q4. Only 11% of cellphone users said they had used online tools or apps. What needs to change so the numbers grow?
Q5. Only 59% of caregivers say that online resources have been helpful. What do they need that they don’t find?
Q6. 52% of caregivers say that online resources help them cope with stress. What are the opportunities for us?
Q7. Only 1% of family caregivers who encountered a paywall paid to access the information they needed. What does this mean?
Q8. What question about family caregivers would you love to be included in future research?
Check out these highlights:
Review the wealth of resources, insights and ideas shared here, via the full chat transcript (thanks to @ctffox of The Fox Group for providing this terrific service). Analytics are available too; click here to see who attended.
Don’t miss our next chat: Wednesday, July 17th at 1pm ET. Please note that we meet only on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Anyone who is interested in and passionate about eldercare issues can join our chat, anytime. Prior participation is not required, nor is there a need to stay for the full hour.
If the “real-time” frame doesn’t sync with your schedule, or if you feel that your question or idea requires well beyond 140 characters, start a discussion thread on our LinkedIn page or use the #eldercarechat hashtag. The LinkedIn group is also a great place to continue previous discussions, connect with those who share similar interests, or talk about the services that you, or the company you represent, have to offer.