Stacy S. Jensen knows what it's like to be a caregiver. You have to take care of yourself, so you are able to help your loved one. You have to put your oxygen mask on first.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Twitter offers a variety of voices, resources for caregivers
I have been busy in recent weeks, especially on Twitter. While I spend a lot of time laughing at things I find on Twitter, I have also found very useful resources. There are a multitude of resources for caregivers on the micro-blogging site.
While the tweets are only 140-characters long, many typically include a shortened link to a Web site or a news story. I follow a variety of people. My key groups are caregivers, writers andRVers. There are also some people who are just plain funny — so I enjoy following their tweets. — or live in my neck of the woods.
Many people like to criticize bloggers. I enjoy the political blogs, but thankfully that's not the only source of commentary out there.
For caregivers, there are many bloggers, who are regular people. They are trying to juggle caring for a parent or spouse with work and family. You may feel alone, but the network of blogs, Web sites and folks on Twitter may make you feel a little less lonely.
Some of the folks I follow include:
@sandwiched is in Pennsylvania. Forget the drama of the Gosselins from Jon & Kate Plus 8. With no glare from TV cameras, this Pennsylvania mom shares her weight watching issues as well as being sandwiched between a mother and young children. Her blog is here.
@CaregiversJourn. Valerie H. Johnson is in Georgia She offers information to other family caregivers. She often offers helpful tweets with links to a variety of Web sites. Her Web site linked to her Twitter is here.
@ElderCareRN. Shelley Webb is in Idaho. She's a registered nurse, writer and caregiver for her father. She offers a lot of educational tweets. Her Web site is here.
@LovingGrand. Loving Grand's tweets are from the USA. Some people keep more anonymity than others, but it doesn't devalue the loving information she provides as a granddaughter. There are tweets from a variety of sources as well as links to her blog about her journey here.
@HealthDame. Maloyre Branca's Web site is here. She offers a variety of resources and stories about health matters. She is a great resource for both caregivers and patients.
@TXElderCare is by Cheryl Culbertson in Texas. The Web site is here. The site offers an assortment of information for elders in Texas.
I follow more folks on Twitter that deal with health care and care giving issues. These are just a handful that I find useful and inspirational. I really enjoy the personal accounts of how people deal with day-to-day issues.
Like any medium, you need to determine for yourself whether the person/site offers you any value.
Twitter is a good place to find people, who can help you find solutions to a current crisis. You can also find people to share a laugh with during good times, too.