Tuesday, October 18, 2011

It Takes a Village

The George G. Glenner Alzheimer's Family Centers provide a valuable service to families in San Diego County: a safe, structured and social environment for those with memory impairment. Among our beneficiaries are the primary caregivers who can work, rest, volunteer or run errands knowing their loved one is in a great place.

Caregiving is a 24-hour job, and the advent of Web 3.0 has moved the World Wide Web from merely informational to interactive. As a result, caregivers with access to the Internet, whether using a PC or smartphone, now more resources than ever at their fingertips. They also have more access to each other.

One online Web site we wanted to bring to everyone's attention is Caregiver Village, which uses avatars and games to provide useful information and connections to those dealing with the stress of caring for someone with special needs. Alzheimer's and dementia is one such subset of the Caregiver Village. There's even a book club for those who not only want to read but share what they've learned. There's good data, displayed in a unique manner, that makes Caregiver Village worth a look.

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