Caregiving.com Unveils Online Game to Calm Anxiety, Meet Demands of Those Caring for Aging Loved Ones

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A new online game by Caregiving.com helps caregivers cope with the stress and financial burden of caring for a relative or friend. The game also comes on the hinge of the financial crisis which has heightened caregiving demands as well as new research that says more baby boomers, especially women over 50, are going online to game.

With research showing that the majority of boomers prefer playing games to watching TV, we knew the value of adding games to the site. I also believe that gaming can entertain and educate, which is the goal of The Caregiving Years game

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Caregiving.com, which debuted in 1996 as one of the nation's first online caregiving resources, plans to roll out a new gaming application for caregivers on November 3.

The game, based on The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey handbook and featuring the site's Superhero characters, will provide a stress outlet for those struggling with the plight of caring for an aging family member or friend. The game also aims to meet the surge of baby boomers increasingly going online to game.

According to a recent study by comScore Inc., a leading digital media research organization, 43 percent more women between the ages of 55-64 went online to game this year. Another study released this month by the Georgia Institute of Technology revealed that 25 percent of the American gaming audience is older than age 50.

"The excitement we've seen so for the games has been extremely reaffirming," said Denise Brown, founder and president of Tad Publishing Co., the producers of Caregiving.com. "A day in the life of a family caregiver can mean moments of loneliness and frustration. These games are an easy, fun, and convenient way for caregivers to take a break, make friends online, and just get their mind off of their pain or sadness."

Last summer, Caregiving.com released an interactive Solitaire game and leader board to encourage friendly competition among members and encourage relationship building. In the latest game, "Find Your Way Home," Superheroes begin their journeys and must find provisions during an intensifying storm before they can reach shelter. Based on the second stage of the The Caregiving Years concept, this game reflects what individuals experience when their caregiving journeys begin. Mini-games for the remaining five stages will debut over the next year.

"With research showing that the majority of boomers prefer playing games to watching TV, we knew the value of adding games to the site. I also believe that gaming can entertain and educate, which is the goal of The Caregiving Years game," explained Brown. "The six mini-games will replicate each stage of the journey, helping family caregivers understand their purpose in each stage. The game is a great way to minimize some of the guess work family caregivers experience. More importantly, it's another way to give hope to family caregivers who often feel hopeless."

For a limited time, The Caregiving Years game will be free to anyone visiting the site through Thanksgiving. Games are always free to registered members of the site. To see a preview of the new game debuting on Nov. 3, visit http://www.caregiving.com/games/adventure/development/.

The game works in the latest versions of Firefox or Internet Explorer. To play Solitaire, go to http://www.caregiving.com/games/solitaire/.

About The Caregiving Years

The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey acts as a road map for family caregivers, guiding them on their journey from when they first begin to worry that a family member may need care to beyond the journey's end. The Caregiving Years is separated into six stages, each featuring a theme (or keyword), a purpose, and an action plan. Much like books for expecting parents, The Caregiving Years describes what to expect throughout the caregiving journey. The Caregiving Years offers an honest, yet hopeful perspective. A synopsis of the concept is available on http://www.Caregiving.com.

About Caregiving.com

Founded in 1996 by caregiving expert, author, and speaker Denise Brown, Caregiving.com debuted as the nation's first online resource for caregivers. Today it manages 11 online specialized support groups nationwide catering to caregiver issues that impact everyone from baby boomers and teenagers to men and parents of young children, or the sandwich generation. The website provides a vast range of help articles, radio podcasts, and handbooks, as well as research polls, forums, chat tools, and unique interactive games for family caregivers. It has been a nationally recognized resource by AARP, PBS, and a number of media outlets. The company, which is owned by Tad Publishing Co., is based in Chicago.

About Denise Brown

In addition to leading Caregiving.com as its President, Brown serves as Executive Director of The Center for Family Caregivers and is a nationally respected coach, consultant, and presenter on caregiving and aging issues that impact families. She is the author of The Caregiving Years: Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey, a nationally recognized handbook for caregivers. She hosts a weekly talk show, Your Caregiving Journey, on BlogTalkRadio.com. Her insights about the family caregiver experience have been featured in Time magazine, Chicago Tribune and The Wall Street Journal.

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