There is a new resource for those ’sandwich generation’ people, so many of whom seem to be older adoptive parents; you know the ones — little kids on one side, aging parents on the other, you in the middle trying to see to it that both are cared for properly, have all the attention they need, their medical issues attended to, their futures as bright and healthy as possible.
Caring.com is a brand new online facility that’s been in the works for some time now. It’s been $6 million in the making, tested by thousands and is aimed at the 34 million Americans taking care of their older parents.
The brain child of the child of a dependent parent who looked for something like this with no luck at all, it is set up to cover just about all aspects of helping aged parents and their middle-aged children cope what what life tends to throw at people as the numbers get big.
Included on the board that advises on the site are Dr. Peter Pompei, director of geriatrics at the Stanford School of Medicine, Andy Scharlach, Kleiner Professor of Aging at the University of California at Berkeley and David Solie, author of “How to Say It to Seniors.”
Some of the topics on the homepage today are: How can I get my brother to help with Alzheimer’s care?; cool gadgets that can help your parents stay in their own home;how to know when your parents should give up their car keys; sorting through the Medicare maze and understanding my parent’s cancer prognosis, to name just a few.
There are sections on health, housing, finances, legal issues, life in general and daily care, and with topics searchable alphabetically as well, navigation is easy. Buying guides are included as well, and the site is designed to provide a community for caregivers.
Caring.com was only launched yesterday, so page and item ratings and community interaction is just beginning, but with America aging fast, there’s no doubt that there will be a lot of visitors very soon.