As caregivers, you are extremely busy. Many of you spend a great deal of time online researching information, gathering support from your online friends, and attending chats. The Internet is a life support system for so many caregivers.

At the same time I am amazed at the results that so many of you have expressed to me that you haven’t even left AOL to go out and venture all that is offered. The expanse of caregiving information as well as diseases and illnesses etc….multiplies online on a daily basis and I strongly urge you to take a risk to venture out and explore some more, rather than being confined on AOL or any other service provider..

Many of you research BetterHealth on AOL but did you know that BetterHealth, now known as AllHealth has a wonderful site on the web at IVILLAGE.COM? The address is Please check it out some time.

Many people have asked me why I supply so many links at the EMPOWERING CAREGIVERS SITE. My answer is that caregivers need to get information, facts and much more quickly. They don’t have the time to surf the net…If I can provide them with powerful links to get their needs met, I will do it. I am not afraid of losing the traffic. I want to provide as much as I can to you all in your time of need.

More and more sites online are caregiver related with much support, through databases, resources, articles and so much more.

Please take a risk and venture out to see all that is available to you. You may be quite surprised. If you feel that you don’t have enough knowledge to explore, there are tutorials on AOL that can assist you. Most of the Internet is quite user friendly after you learn a few basic skills. Good explorations to you. ~

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.