Millennial Caregivers Part 2: New Tech Tools
As our aging society continues to grow, millennials will bear the brunt of the caregiving crunch. However, what millennials have access to that their predecessors did not is the advancement of technology and with that, the increase in digital tools that can positively impact the concept of caregiving as a whole.
Consider, for instance, that unpaid and familial caregivers often perform daily, time-consuming tasks that can now be delegated to third party providers if the comfort level is there for both the caregiver and the person receiving care. What do we mean by this?
- Uber & Lyft: Transportation can be a costly expense when it comes to servicing retired individuals. Ride-sharing services like Uber & Lyft can minimize this burden for family caregivers and act as secondary solutions for aging adults requiring transit.
Instacart, Peapod & Amazon Fresh: Gone are the days of grocery shopping of the past. Instead of wasting time at a store, in a long line, millennial caregivers can seamlessly set their aging loved ones up with an easy, convenient grocery delivery service.
Aside from apps that can help accomplish tasks, millennials are turning to other digital platforms to gain knowledge about HOW to perform caregiving duties successfully. After all, with fewer life experiences, how can younger generations be expected to possess the tools or the expertise that qualify them to engage in such a demanding and challenging undertaking?
CareAcademy: In an effort to provide support and education to millennial caregivers, CareAcademy is an online training program that strives to dissect “bite-sized chunks” of information about a variety of caregiving disciplines through video tutorials. Some topics include: fall prevention, dementia care & elder abuse.
Do You Care ChallengeSM: Created by the AARP & the United Way Worldwide, this interactive tool aims to introduce millennial caregivers to the varying family scenarios & daily decision making responsibilities that they can expect to experience as a part of the caregiving community. Additionally, it provides relevant tips & resources while striving to raise awareness about the surprising size of the millennial caregiving community.
In regard to caregiving tools, millennials can look toward a number of uniquely specific apps that can help with everything from symptom tracking to self-care:
Symple: When a loved one is consistently reporting repeated symptoms, this app can help you to track & monitor stresses like anxiety, fatigue & pain over time. The information can be used for personal use or to share with a medical professional.
Pacifica: While it doesn’t assist with routine caregiving tasks, this millennial mindfulness app serves as a tool for tracking mood & mental health. Self-care is as important to the caregiver as providing care.
What are some millennial-made apps or tools that you’ve leveraged in your caregiving journey?
CareZare is a FREE app for family caregivers to help them manage their care team and ensure the highest level of care for their loved one.