Sunday, March 17, 2013

New Websites to Look At.

Sunday's paper had its Parade Magazine; in it was a short list of websites that would be helpful to a variety of people with a variety of medical situations. The article was in the 'Stay Healthy' section. There were 2 that I visited quickly to get an overview of and they looked good.

One was for parents of children with autism. The flagship social network site of MyHealthTeams, MyAutismTeam .com helps users connect with similar parents and add them to their "team" (much like following someone on Twitter). Members can also search among more than 30,000 autism specialists and autism-friendly businesses in their local community—all recommended by other members.

The second one was for adults caring for aging parents, spouses, or other loved ones with debilitating diseases. In 2006, when co-founder Andy Cohen was caring for his mom (who had lung cancer), he couldn't find information online on how to hire a nurse, navigate Medicare, or answer any of the hundreds of other questions he had. Now, nearly 2 million people visit his website each month for support and local senior care referrals.

Take a look to see if they can provide any additional resources to help with your current situation.


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