Empowering Caregivers: How the Brain CareNotes App Helps Family Members with Dementia and Their Own Health and Well-Being

Caring for Caregivers: The Importance of Your Health

Caring for a loved one with dementia can be a challenging and stressful task that often falls on family members. According to the CDC, 80% of care for individuals with dementia is provided by loved ones in their own homes. Caregiving demands can take a toll on the caregiver’s own health and well-being. Now, a new app called Brain CareNotes is aiming to provide caregivers with the tools they need to support their loved ones while also taking care of themselves.

Dennis Huntington, who has been married to his wife Sheila for 53 years, became a caregiver when she was diagnosed with dementia. Recognizing the importance of self-care for caregivers, Richard Holden, PhD at Regenstrief Institute developed the Brain CareNotes app. The app allows caregivers to fill out a clinical evaluation and receive personalized care notes and work with a care coach to manage their stress levels and overall well-being.

The app’s focus is on helping caregivers prioritize their own mental and physical health by encouraging them to take breaks and engage in activities they enjoy. By taking care of themselves, caregivers are better equipped to provide quality care to their loved ones. Dennis spends time woodworking and connecting with other caregivers for support.

While the Brain CareNotes app is currently being used in research studies, its creators hope to expand its features and make it available to the general public soon. They believe that health insurance companies will eventually cover the cost of the app to support caregivers in their vital role as they continue to provide quality dementia care for their loved ones while also taking

Caring for a loved one with dementia can be a challenging and stressful task that often falls on family members. According to the CDC, 80% of care for individuals with dementia is provided by loved ones in their own homes. Caregiving demands can take a toll on the caregiver’s own health and well-being. Now, a…

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