Noted author looking for people that have used technology in elder care (skype or nanny cam, etc.)

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Gail Sheehy is on the road back from being a 15 year caregiver to her husband, New York Magazine founder Clay Felker, who passed away from cancer July of 2008.

Realizing this is a life stage that almost everyone must face but are ill-prepared for, she decided to write a book about caregivers, their strategies, successes, failures and resources.

Now in her final stage of writing she wondered: Has anyone discovered using Skype (to keep in touch with) or a NannyCam (keep an eye on) a loved one that lives thousands of miles away?

If so, she would like to share their personal story in her book to be published by HarperCollins later this year.

Please email your experiences to Gail’s office in New York City at [email protected].

 Be sure to include your name and contact information.

 Together a community of caregivers are sharing their resources, experiences, laughter and pain during their most difficult – but privileged – times.


Gail Sheehy is world-renowned for the revolutionary Passages, which remained on The New York Times bestseller list for more than three years and has been reprinted in 28 languages. A Library of Congress survey named Passages one of the 10 most-influential books of our time.

In 2009, Ms. Sheehy takes on a new role, Caregiving Ambassador for AARP, the leading advocate for 50-plus Americans. Her mission is to help a generation navigate the emotional and practical sides of the caregiver role, facing some 44 million Americans who are taking care of adults at home or long distance.

 Ms. Sheehy is collaborating with AARP to write the first draft of her next book, about the caregiving crisis, using new media. On her Web pages at, she will present videos of families she has filmed around the country who are finding creative ways around of the obstacles of caregiving.

 Throughout 2009, Ms. Sheehy will write journals about her own caregiving experiences in the Online Community, where readers can interact with her. "It is a tale both cautionary and inspirational, and one that readers will identify with both emotionally and situationally," she says. Her mission is to collect the voices of many caregivers in all kinds of situations, and to create a powerful network that can grow into a movement.

As a literary journalist, Ms. Sheehy was one of the original contributors to New York magazine. A contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 1984, she won the Washington Journalism Review Award for Best Magazine Writer in America for her in-depth character portraits of national and world leaders, including both Presidents Bush, Bill and Hillary Clinton, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, and Mikhail Gorbachev. Ms. Sheehy is a seven-time recipient of the New York Newswomen’s Club Front Page Award for distinguished journalism.

One of the most popular speakers on the lecture circuit, Ms. Sheehy offers dynamic programs based on her groundbreaking investigations and observations of the lives of men and women within different phases of their lives and how they can enjoy them to the fullest.

Please email your experiences using Skype (to keep in touch with) or a NannyCam (keep an eye on) a loved one that lives thousands of miles away to Gail’s office in New York City at [email protected].

We would like to personally thank The Guide to Retirement Living for their assistance.


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