Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66Caring for someone with MS can be a big responsibility with many unique challenges. Overlap can easily happen when there are multiple people, whether family members or professional caregivers, involved in caring for someone. The result could be problems with organizing medications,appointments,or several other tasks. There are two types of technology that can help. First, an app for sharing important medical information. Then, support sites for loved ones and anyone else entrusted with giving care. One of the best ways to share information with others is an application called Care Zone.It can be used on mobile devices,such as a smartphone or tablet, or from any computer that has Internet access. While not geared specifically toward MS, it is comprehensive, easy to use, and, best of all, completely free. To get started, all you need to do is download the app on your smartphone or tablet, or go to carezone.com. Have the person in need of care create an account or, if they are unable to, create one for them. The program allows you to easily store and share medication information, important contacts,and several other items. One person, often the primary caregiver, will act as the account administrator. Anyone else involved in caregiving can create an account as well. Once they are enrolled, they can have access to the care-receiver’s account.The administrator should set guidelines for use and can control with whom and how much information is shared among caregivers. Take time to fully explore the program. Because it is so comprehensive, it may take a while to gather and enter the necessary information. Obviously, accuracy is important. As stated previously, guide- lines should be set for use, especially guidelines for entering new information. The program is straightforward, but if you need help, there is a support page that can be accessed if you are using a computer. Whether you use Care Zone from a mobile device or a computer, your account is always protected by a password. The mobile app also has an extra security feature available. A special code can be required to access any extra sensitive information. The Medication section of Care Zone is easy to use and helps keep very detailed information. As you type the name of a medication, a list of many common ones is accessed. However, specialty medications are not on the list and must be added manually. You can then enter other pertinent information, such as dose, time of day, purpose and prescribing doctor. Other sections of Care Zone include Journal, Contacts, Technology for Families and Caregivers By Joanne Fortunato 52 MSFocus Summer 2016