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Sites offer help for people taking care of elderly adults

Are you one of the 45 million americans who is taking care of one of your parents, or an elderly adult? It’s a very tough job, and can be financially draining too.

The Wall Street Journal recently had a great article with social networks and websites that may be able to make it easier. They may be able to give the primary caretaker a much-needed break, other members of the family or friends who want to help out can easily take a turn. And it may even save you some money. Some of the websites have interactive features, like a calendar – everyone can see if they can take a shift. Or maybe drive grandma to her doctor’s appointment on a certain day. Here are some of the sites 'the Journal' highlighted:

CareCentral: When someone volunteers, it makes note and will email reminders. Keeps a "news feed" (like facebook).

Lotsa Helping Hands: Share financial, legal or medical documents (ONLY with certain people) and allows discussions.

eCare Diary: Keeps a care diary, so you can see who will help out, and when. Also links to diseases, assisted-living facilities and home-health agencies.

CaringBridge. Accessible directly or through hospitals, this service helps families communicate efficiently with friends and relatives, via technology including blogs and message boards.

CarePages: Includes places to post photographs, blogs and messages and receive feedback.

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