The AXA Foundation in collaboration with the National Alliance for Caregiving has funded the creation of the AXA Foundation Family Care Resource Connection. This on-line connection is designed to help family caregivers and the professional community who works with families gain access to hundreds of resources on the widest range of issues.

Key topics include: Hands-on skills for caregivers, medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Stroke and Parkinson’s Disease, legal and financial information, coping with caregiving and community resources.

The site describes the resources and provides a rating score based on the quality, usefulness to family members, timeliness and accessibility. Reviews are conducted by experts in family caregiving and highlight the strengths and weaknesses of each item. Information is also provided about the cost of items and where it can be obtained.

There is also a special feature, which will let users add their own ratings and reviews of resources they may have used. Searches can be completed by topic or by keyword.

To access the AXA Foundation Family Care Resource Connection go to the web site and then click on “AXA Foundation Family Care Resource Connection.”

Gail R. Mitchell


  • Ms. Mitchell began her full-time caregiving experience in the early eighties when her husband was diagnosed with cancer. Later on she became the primary caregiver for her father, along with her mother who had become critically ill from burnout prior to her dad’s passing. In recent years, she cared for several friends with AIDS while continuing to care for her mother and actively providing support, information, referrals and resources for caregivers.

    Gail's leadership on the Internet and her success with Empowering Caregivers led her to found National Organization For Empowering Caregivers (NOFEC) INC in 2001.

    Prior to founding NOFEC, she created the iVillageHealth Chat: Empowering Caregivers, which she hosted for over 5 years. Within a month of hosting she created Empowering Caregivers: in 1999 as a resource for caregivers around the globe. Over three million visitors have frequented the website.

    She has presented at national and international care-related conferences and programs and has been a keynote speaker for many programs as well.

    Ms Mitchell has assisted thousands of caregivers online and offline in ways to empower themselves in their roles in caring for loved ones.

    For a list of clients and/or her resume, please contact

    Gail's articles have been published in many venues nationally and in Canada. Presently, she is a member of American Society on Aging and National Quality Caregivers Coalition.

    Gail has discovered that there is life after caregiving: She has become a successful ceramic artist and installation artist. She created Crystal Illumination Art to bring the transformative quality of illumination, light and color to the human experience and celebrate its ability to inspire, heal and nourish our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well being.