Dear Janie,

We’ve got two kids now after years of trying. I gained a lot of weight during the pregnancies but at that time I didn’t mind. Since then I’ve managed to lose over 100 pounds and I plan to keep it off. It takes effort and I sometimes feel depressed, but my husband encourages me to keep going. We do our best to provide every opportunity to our kids. My husband works long hours at his business and I volunteer at their school and help out at their sports activities. Now my husband’s parents are getting up in age and they ask us to help them much more often than they ever used to. We’re happy to assist, but everything takes time and energy. I am stretched to the max. How can a PHR help me work smarter, not harder?



Dear Meesha,

Like many people your age, you are feeling the squeeze of being in the “sandwich generation”. This is the group of people who find themselves stuck between caring for their children and elderly family members at the same time. Think about all the time you spend managing information about your kids. Having all their health information in one place would make that part of your job easier. Think about the types of information you may need to manage as you begin helping your in-laws with their doctor appointments, bill paying, financial planning, and home care. You can use a PHR to make managing all that information easier. You’ll have access to the information you need to do your job as mom, and wife, and daughter-in-law. That means you and your family will have better, more accurate data to review as decisions about care need to be made. Well-organized information also helps you optimize care and keep costs down. For example, when you have prior test results to share with a provider, you may be able to avoid additional testing. Using a PHR will help you work smarter rather than harder as you work to care for your whole family.

Be well,