Last June, the Pew Internet Research Project released a report entitled, Family Caregivers are Wired for Health. The authors - Susannah Fox, Maeve Duggan and Kristen Purcell - found that 40% of Americans are caring for an adult or child with significant health issues. Of special interest to us: “When controlling for age, income, education, ethnicity, and good overall health, caregivers are more likely than other adults to… track their own weight, diet, exercise routine, or other health indicator.” (Emphasis added.)
Our Bay Area co-organizer Rajiv Mehta was a community peer reviewer of the survey. At the upcoming 2014 Quantified Self Europe Conference, Rajiv will co-lead a breakout with Dawn Nafus of Intel Labs on the role of families in self-tracking practice. If you are involved in or curious about family caregiving, you’re invited to come and take part in what will be a great discussion.
The QS Europe Conference is just a few weeks away; come if you can!