ShirleyBOARD’s Patient Journal Helps Caregivers

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<p><strong>Santa Cruz, Calif. &mdash; June 26</strong><br />Almost everyone knows someone older who needs a helping hand, and with the U.S. population aging and experiencing increasing numbers of age-related diseases such as Alzheimer&#39;s, more people are becoming unofficial &ldquo;caregivers&rdquo; to elderly friends, relatives and neighbors.<br /><br />Fortunately, for the scores of remote caregivers who are in this difficult situation, there is a new free service: </p><p>The Web site enables caregivers to centrally store important information, keep a log of daily activities and network with other caregivers.&nbsp; </p><p>Caregivers decide who has access to certain information.;s most popular feature is the Patient Journal, which has a &ldquo;tagging&rdquo; feature so caregivers can quickly retrieve journal entries on particular topics.<br /><br />When updates are posted, social networking features allow others to be instantly notified, saving caregivers hours while also creating a valuable journal of their journey with their loved one.<br /><br />&ldquo;There are about 6 million Americans serving as long-distance caregivers,&rdquo; said founder Mark Willaman, who created ShirleyBOARD to help him organize the responsibilities of caring for his aging mother. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s why I launched as a free service to help caregivers stay organized and better communicate with others involved in the older person&rsquo;s care.&quot;<br /><br />The free site also includes other tools and features to help caregivers stay organized and communicate better. </p><p>Some of those tools include:</p><ul><li> Photo Keeper for sharing photos.</li><li>PillBox to record prescription information, including names of medicines, dose sizes, etc. </li><li>Document Keeper for uploading wills, power of attorney forms and other documents that you need to keep track of.</li><li>Be a Peer/Find a Peer for users to search for fellow caregivers to get assistance or just connect to ask questions and share tips and stories.</li></ul>

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