CareZone Donates Free Accounts to National Parkinson Foundation

Release date: 4/5/2012

Donation to Serve Those Caring for Family Members Diagnosed with Parkinson’s

April 5, 2012 — SAN FRANCISCO — CareZone (https://carezone.com), a private place to care for loved ones, today announced a partnership with the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF), the leading non-profit organization focused on improving the quality of care for families affected by Parkinson’s disease. Through the partnership, both organizations will be making CareZone accounts freely available to families facing Parkinson’s, and working to enhance CareZone’s services to best address the unique challenges experienced by families caring for a loved one with a Parkinson’s diagnosis.

“CareZone can make a difference to families caring for the nearly four million individuals worldwide living with a Parkinson’s diagnosis,” said CareZone CEO Jonathan Schwartz. “Family and caregivers want the productivity of modern internet tools to simplify caring for someone in need. Our donation of free CareZone accounts to the National Parkinson Foundation recognizes their commitment to advance the quality of care available to the entire family.”

CareZone helps individuals and families organize, manage and safely share access to the information associated with caring for a parent, child, or loved one. CareZone enables families to privately communicate with one another, to preserve histories, documents and journals, and to share access with a tightly controlled list of family or other helpers. The service is available on computers, phones and tablets at https://carezone.com. CareZone does not permit advertising or data mining.

“So many families struggle with balancing the responsibilities of daily life with the heartfelt need to care for a loved one with Parkinson’s,” said Joyce Oberdorf, president and CEO of the National Parkinson Foundation. “CareZone will help families ensure that every person with Parkinson’s gets the best care and treatment they need no matter who they are or where they live.”

CareZone accounts are opened by an individual on behalf of themselves or a loved one, and are entirely private. The account owner controls account access, and may authorize others to view or update the account—from family members to emergency personnel—and can just as simply revoke that access. Families looking to take advantage of the donation should claim their accounts at https://carezone.com/npf.

Co-founded by Schwartz, former CEO of Sun Microsystems, with Walter Smith, CareZone CTO and nearly 20-year veteran of Apple and Microsoft, CareZone is unique in its focus on privacy. CareZone does not sell advertising against user content and puts subscribers entirely in charge of those able to access and update CareZone services.

CareZone accounts are available by subscription for $5 a month or $48 a year per individual being cared for. For the next year, CareZone accounts will be available free to families challenged with Parkinson’s Disease, with no limitation on the number of individuals invited to help care for them.

About Parkinson’s Disease
Affecting an estimated one million Americans and four to six million worldwide, Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th leading cause of death in the United States. It is associated with a progressive loss of motor control (e.g., shaking or tremor at rest and lack of facial expression) as well as non-motor symptoms (e.g., depression and anxiety). There is no cure for PD, and 50,000 to 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.

About CareZone
CareZone is a social utility designed to help those caring for others, providing a simple, accessible place to stay organized and coordinated. Co-founded by Jonathan Schwartz and Walter Smith, CareZone is based in San Francisco. For more information, please visit carezone.com or follow @carezoneteam on Twitter.

About the National Parkinson Foundation
Founded in 1957, the National Parkinson Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of care for people with Parkinson's disease through research, education and outreach. NPF has funded more than $164 million in care, research and support services. For more information about NPF, visit www.parkinson.org.

Media Contacts:

CareZone Media Department
pr@carezone.com
888-407-7785

National Parkinson Foundation:
Leilani Pearl
Director of Communications
lpearl@parkinson.org
305-243-7951

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