CaringFamily Adds to Expert Research Team to Expand Research Initiatives

Joseph Gaugler, leading gerontology reseracher, to collaborate on elder care studies

Boulder, CO - December 9, 2006 - CaringFamily today announced that Joseph Gaugler, PhD, Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and Center on Aging at the University of Minnesota, and a thought leader in family impacts on elder care, has joined CaringFamily's in-house scientific research in efforts to adapt CaringFamily's Magic Mailbox service to facility-based progams for Family Involved Caregiving. Bringing Dr. Gaugler, and shortly, other leading academic experts into the CaringFamily research fold, is a crucial part of the company's drive to expand the company's portfolio of research awards - a list that already includes grants from the National Institute on Aging and the US Department of Education.

New directions in senior care research

A pioneer in the field of family caregiving and gerontological health, Dr. Gaugler's body of research examines the sources and effectiveness of long-term care for chronically disabled older adults. With his involvement, CaringFamily plans to expand its research scope beyond family-senior interactions to include professional staff in long term care facilities. This focus aligns with Dr Gaugler's prior work in the role of family in institutional elder caregiving - and exploits the unique opportunities CaringFamily's system provides for forging and supporting ties between remote family and professional care providers for the benefit of aging adults. Gaugler's participation in CaringFamily research is a first important step in the company's broader expansion of such efforts, in concert with leading gerontology experts around the US.

"I'm excited to explore the new research opportunities CaringFamily's system presents," Gaugler commented. "It's literally the first practical tool I've seen for involving family, no matter where they live, in the daily care of seniors in institutional settings. The potential this holds for improving elder care and enhancing senior quality of life is enormous."

"We couldn't be happier to include Joe Gaugler in our research team," said Mike Williams, CaringFamily's Chief Technology Officer and principal investigator on the company's existing research grant initiatives. "His breakthrough work on family involvement in elder caregiving is a natural fit with CaringFamily's mission. Together, we expect to demonstrate the important role CaringFamily's system stands to play in the monumental challenges presented by aging populations throughout the developed world."

A new approach to family communication

CaringFamily's service is designed to bridge the side of the "digital divide" by allowing every generation to communicate in ways they're most comfortable with: elders use pencil and paper, while their children and grandchildren use computers and other familiar digital tools. CaringFamily's patent-pending service is the subject of two major federal grants and is in commercial trial with leading assisted living firms around the US.

About CaringFamily

CaringFamily provides the first service that brings the therapeutic benefits of family communications to elder care. The service enables assisted living and other care professionals to encourage active dialog between seniors in their care and their families, regardless of location-every day, with virtually no additional effort. Scientific studies point to dramatic therapeutic outcomes from such communications, including enhanced physical and mental health and, ultimately, longer life spans—as well as substantial profitability gains for the senior care companies that provide it. Located in Louisville, CO, CaringFamily is privately held. More information is available at www.caringfamily.com.

To contact us for more information:

CaringFamily, LLC
1003 Turnberry Cir
Louisville, CO 80027-9594
303-442-2607
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