Pandemic Caregiving and Social Media

The pandemic has changed the face of caregiving and the emergence of social media sites offering caregiving advice has exploded. As part of the marketing program for my book, One Caregiver’s Journey, I joined a caregiving site based in my area. The Aging Tribe has provided many young caregivers with sound advice and solutions. There are a number of professionals on the site who have been able to assist with navigating government systems and finding appropriate placement. Many people reside out of state and are looking for advice for their parents in an area unfamiliar to them. In the same breath, the sites are also a breeding ground for the proverbial crutch when the going gets tough. People look for advice when they are in a dark hour, and while the advice is given from the heart, it is no substitute for dealing with the issue with compassion, love, and head-on alone. The majority looking for advice are millennials who are the fastest-growing segment of caregivers. They rely on social media and not their instincts.

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Pandemic Caregiving and Social Media

The pandemic has changed the face of caregiving and the emergence of social media sites offering caregiving advice has exploded. As part of the marketing program for my book, One Caregiver’s Journey, I joined a caregiving site based in my area. The Aging Tribe has provided many young caregivers with sound advice and solutions. There are a number of professionals on the site who have been able to assist with navigating government systems and finding appropriate placement. Many people reside out of state and are looking for advice for their parents in an area unfamiliar to them. In the same breath, the sites are also a breeding ground for the proverbial crutch when the going gets tough. People look for advice when they are in a dark hour, and while the advice is given from the heart, it is no substitute for dealing with the issue with compassion, love, and head-on alone. The majority looking for advice are millennials who are the fastest-growing segment of caregivers. They rely on social media and not their instincts.

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