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Friday, August 06, 2010 Launched to Support Family Caregivers Launched to Support Family Caregivers

Atlanta, GA –August 6, 2010—If you’re one of the 30 million adult daughters and sons caring for a seriously-ill family member, you’re the backbone of the health care system. The average caregiver spends more than 20 hours a week taking care of a loved one, making personal sacrifices to provide the support that is needed.

 “Living with Serious Illness” is a new caregiver support website that provides practical information to make the family's job easier. The site features an online directory of local services—like support groups, transportation services, and in-home health. Also included are articles about medical concerns, emotional–spiritual issues, and important legal and financial decisions. Visit to learn more.
Researchers have found that family caregivers turn to the Internet as a resource, even before physicians and friends. A study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project also showed that almost four out of 10 individuals on the Internet have used it in the last 2 years to help someone dealing with a major illness.

In addition to providing support for caregivers, “Living with Serious Illness” can serve as a resource for local physician offices and other professionals that help families of the seriously ill. Office staff can look up local services for patients, or familiarize themselves with recent research reports by leading organizations in the field.

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