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A health & technology pioneer learns that joy, even in illness, doesn’t have an age limit

by Rajiv Mehta.

Caring Conversation — Susannah Fox Susannah Fox advises companies and nonprofits on how to navigate the intersection of health and technology. She recently served as the Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Susannah is on the advisory board of Atlas of Caregiving. Rajiv: What is your caregiving experience, right…

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A life-long educator cares for his mom, and learns from his grandson

by Rajiv Mehta.

Caring Conversation — Phil Alvarado Phil Alvarado is the former Superintendent of the Santa Maria Bonita School District (a Kindergarten–8th grade school district in Santa Maria, CA). He is also a trustee of the Santa Barbara Foundation, which has funded Atlas of Caregiving’s work in the region. Rajiv: What is your caregiving experience, right now…

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Anyone Can Draw CareMaps

by Rajiv Mehta.

Key Takeaways The Atlas CareMap can be drawn just as easily by people who don’t view themselves as “Caregivers”, but as  “Patients” or “Care Recipients” or just “People” The three core questions — Who do you care for? Who else cares for them? Who cares for you? — remain the same, though it helps initially…

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Santa Barbara Continues to Innovate to Leverage CareMaps

by Rajiv Mehta.

Key Takeaways Can the impact of in-person Atlas CareMap Workshops be replicated through online media, making them more widely available? Can successful adoption of CareMaps be accelerated through cross-organizational sharing of experiences? How are social services and systems impacted when the CareMap is incorporated into existing processes that touch family caregivers? This is the fifth…

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Seeing Value, Busy Professionals Voluntarily Add to Their Efforts

by Rajiv Mehta.

Key Takeaways Social workers are finding so much value in using Atlas CareMaps with their clients, that they are voluntarily adding this tool to their already overloaded schedules. Excitement and interest about CareMaps has spread organically within the professional health and social services community in Santa Barbara County. Grant making organizations, moved by the on-the-ground…

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Deeply Engaged Caregivers Discover Value in Active Self-tracking

by Rajiv Mehta.

Key Takeaways All Mapping Yourself participants were already deeply engaged in their caregiving efforts, so the fact that they felt they learned a lot about their situations is very meaningful. It supports the project’s premise that caregivers can benefit from assistance and tools to better understand and manage their lives. Due to the experimental nature…

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A Grassroots Group Finds Its Voice

by Rajiv Mehta.

Key Takeaways Someone in the community needs to lead. The enthusiasm and personal outreach of two of the promotoras, Josefa Rios and Maribel Landeros, was critical at the start to get a large group of other promotoras to devote several hours of precious time to attend an esoteric-sounding workshop. The Atlas CareMap appears to have…

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Uncovering Community Wisdom Amongst Santa Barbara Family Caregivers

by Rajiv Mehta.

Key Takeaways Atlas CareMaps serve as a catalyst to spark social, peer-to-peer conversations about family caregiving, resulting in uncovering community wisdom and strengthening community bonds. Once people begin to map their care relationships, they start to see them everywhere. The response to the experimental methods explored in Mapping Yourself shows that there is the potential…

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The digital Atlas CareMap (beta) is here!

by Rajiv Mehta.

We’re excited to announce that a digital tool for creating CareMaps is now ready for public use. You’ll find it at www.AtlasCareMap.org. Everything you can do with a hand-drawn CareMap, you can now do online, and much more. Key Features The video describes these features of AtlasCareMap.org: Clearly see your care ecosystem — With your…

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