These days, new technology is everywhere. We use our smartphones and tablets for everything from scheduling our appointments to keeping in touch with our friends. If you’re a family caregiver, it’s possible to tap into this trend and use technology to make your job easier.  

That’s why we’ve made “Supercharge Your Caregiving” the theme of this year’s National Family Caregivers Month. We are using technology like never before, and that’s a gift for caregivers. Whether it’s planning to take a spouse with multiple sclerosis to a specialist, wondering if they’re taking their medication as directed, or leaving work unexpectedly to retrieve a parent with Alzheimer’s who has wandered off, caregiving affects our daily lives in numerous ways. Luckily, smartphone and web apps can help make things much simpler so you can worry less and spend more quality time with your loved ones.

From automated medication dispensers to apps that monitor medical records, technology can help caretakers with almost everything on their to-do list. Check your loved one’s vital signs, or locate them with GPS if they wander off. Get healthy eating plans at the touch of a button, or connect with caregiver support groups and online communities. There are even online patient portals where you can get your loved one’s health and insurance information when you need it. You can use apps to streamline tasks so you can take a few minutes to recharge your own batteries. During this National Family Caregivers Month, we want to help family caregivers take advantage of tools that can help you stay on top of it all and restore some balance to your life.

Not all superheroes wear capes, and caregiving superheroes don’t always get the attention they deserve. They rise to the demands and challenges of the caregiver role every day. They manage medications. They drive to doctor’s appointments. They balance caregiving with the multitude of other obligations they have to their work, home and family. More than 90 million Americans provide care for adults and children who need their help, including 15 million people who care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. There are more family caregivers now than at any other point in history. With our ranks increasing daily, it is crucial that we do all we can to help each other.

Without family caregivers, our healthcare system would collapse. Americans are thankful for what family caregivers do for their loved ones and the nation. That’s why it is fitting that National Family Caregivers Month and Thanksgiving occur in the same month. Though National Family Caregivers Month comes only once a year, our nation’s family caregivers give lovingly of themselves every day of the year.