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Survey Highlights Frustration of Caregivers; FamilyDoctor.org Answers Need for More Senior Care Info
By News Staff
One of the biggest stressors on both the elderly and their caregivers is understanding and dealing with the issues and challenges of caring for the elderly. In response, the AAFP's award-winning consumer website, FamilyDoctor.org, has added new content that is designed to help caregivers provide care for their loved ones while continuing to maintain health and balance themselves.
- As America's population ages, new survey results indicate that both the elderly and their caregivers are frustrated by issues and challenges associated with caring for the elderly.
- In response, the AAFP's award-winning consumer website, FamilyDoctor.org, has added content to its Seniors page to help elderly patients and their caregivers better understand and deal with these issues and challenges.
- This clearinghouse of information on elderly care addresses multiple issues, such as health and aging and meeting the challenges of providing care to the elderly.
"That's where FamilyDoctor.org comes in. It's a resource that complements the patient-centered medical home, where care is coordinated across all settings, from the doctor's office to hospitals to nursing homes and many other services that make up our health care system."
During an April 24 media teleconference on the release of the new FamilyDoctor.org content, Stream pointed out that caregivers typically use the Internet to look up information on health conditions and elder care. In fact, results of the AAFP survey indicate that
- nearly two-thirds of caregivers who manage the health of those they provide care for sought information from their physician or health care professional when they had questions about the health of those they care for, and most sought information from a primary care physician;
- more than half of respondents looked for information on the Internet;
- 56 percent said there was no single online resource for highly credible health information on caregiving; and
- 58 percent said they were frustrated by having to go to multiple resources when they were trying to find information on a specific health issue.
The materials on FamilyDoctor.org provide consumers with credible information that is branded by the AAFP. And it can be used by family physicians as a starting point for conversations with their patients. "Caregivers should never feel they have to wrestle with questions on their own," said Stream. "Their family physician is their ally in taking care of their loved one."
Each issue is covered via question-and-answer fact sheets that provide pertinent information under various headings. By presenting the information in this manner, family physicians can either print out and hand the information to their patients or simply refer them to FamilyDoctor.org.
Other topics covered include
- caregiver stress,
- the benefits and risks of buying medications online,
- caring for a relative who has dementia, and
- sexuality in older adults.
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