Thirty-one percent of caregivers keep track of their loved one’s weight, diet, exercise routine, or other health indicators or symptoms. Female caregivers are more likely than their male counterparts to do so: 35% vs. 26%.
Tracking on paper, spreadsheet, mobile device—or just “in their heads”
When asked to think about how they track the health indicator they pay the most attention to, either for themselves or someone else, 44% of caregivers who track say they do so “in their heads,” compared with 53% of non-caregivers who track.
Another 43% of caregivers who track say they use paper, like a notebook or journal, compared with 28% of non-caregivers who track.
Smaller groups say they use some form of technology to track their health data. Specifically:
- 8% of caregivers who track use a medical device, like a glucose meter
- 8% use an app or other tool on their mobile phone or device
- 6% use a computer program, like a spreadsheet
- 1% use a website or other online tool
There were no differences between caregivers and non-caregivers when it comes to the use of these types of technology.