Analyzing Informal Caregiving Expression in Social Media

Reda Al-Bahrani, Margaret K. Danilovich, Wei Keng Liao, Alok Choudhary, Ankit Agrawal

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5 Scopus citations


Caregiving is the act of providing assistance to an individual unable to perfom some daily living activities. Caregiving can be either paid or unpaid. An informal caregiver is an unpaid caregiver to an older, sick, or disabled family member or friend on a daily basis. Informal caregiving is associated with increased physical, mental, and emotional stressors contributing to poor health outcomes, caregiver burnout, and increased risk for institutionalization of the older adult care recipient. Informal caregivers manage their stressors through supportive services such as support groups or respite care, but little is known about how they use social media to share their caregiving experience. No work to our knowledge has investigated caregiver use of Twitter to share the caregiving experience.We collect and analyze tweets related to Alzheimer's and Dementia. We present some insights on sentiment of the tweets, statistics of United States geographical locations of the tweeters, and the relationships of the care recipients. In our analysis we found that the majority of tweet sentiment was negative. Moreover, female care recipients are mentioned at a higher frequency than male care recipients in the tweets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceeding - 17th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining Workshops, ICDMW 2017
EditorsRaju Gottumukkala, George Karypis, Vijay Raghavan, Xindong Wu, Lucio Miele, Srinivas Aluru, Xia Ning, Guozhu Dong
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781538614808
StatePublished - Dec 15 2017
Event17th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining Workshops, ICDMW 2017 - New Orleans, United States
Duration: Nov 18 2017Nov 21 2017

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Data Mining Workshops, ICDMW
ISSN (Print)2375-9232
ISSN (Electronic)2375-9259


Other17th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining Workshops, ICDMW 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans


  • Alzheimer's and Dementia
  • Sentiment analysis
  • Social Media
  • Tweet Analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software


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