Caregivers Can Stay Connected on the Web
CancerWise - September 2007
By Dawn Dorsey
Isolation is a potential pitfall for many caregivers of cancer patients, causing them to miss out on valuable advice and interaction. With a computer and an Internet connection, however, every caregiver can access a variety of resources.
National groups offer help
Caregivers can find everything from caregiver-related health tips to conferences by browsing the Internet.
Online caregiver resources include:
Anderson Network – This patient/survivor and caregiver support organization is a program of the Department of Volunteer Services at M. D. Anderson.
Anderson Network offerings include a:
- Quarterly newsletter: Network
- Living Fully With, Through and Beyond Cancer conference
- Patient and Caregiver Support Line
National Family Caregivers Association – The NFCA provides the latest news on legislation that affects caregivers, as well as:
- Conferences and workshops
- Caregiver Community Action Network
- Family Caregiver Story Project
- A message board
University of Michigan School of Nursing – The nursing program is the home of Laurel Northouse, R.N., Ph.D., a researcher and national expert on caregiving issues.
National Alliance for Caregiving – This nonprofit coalition conducts research and reviews more than 1,000 books, videos and websites on caregiving.
Family Caregiving 101 – The National Family Caregivers Association and the National Alliance for Caregiving created this website to help caregivers protect their health. It includes a message board to share experiences with other caregivers.
Caregiver.com – This site offers a newsletter, an online discussion forum, chat rooms, an online store, recipes and Today's Caregiver magazine. A comprehensive regional directory includes resources for rural caregivers.
Family Caregiver Alliance – Although this site is aimed at taking care of people with cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's, there is valuable information including fact sheets and information in Spanish and Chinese.
Faith in Action – This group of more than 1,000 volunteer caregiving programs across the country brings together people of many faiths to provide assistance with tasks such as transportation, errands, reading and visiting.