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A Professor Becomes the Student: An Education in Life and Autism

by Rajiv Mehta.

Caring Conversation — Tova Cooper Tova Cooper studied at UC Berkeley, Columbia University, and UC Irvine. Now, in her second collegiate teaching position, Tova is a professor in the Department of Humanities at San José State University. An educator through and through, Tova’s teaching abilities took on new meaning when her first son, Leo, was…

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A Call To Action for World Alzheimer’s Day

by Rajiv Mehta.

Last December I joined fifty colleagues from around the world for a Salzburg Global Seminar on Changing Minds: Innovations in Dementia Care and Dementia-Friendly Communities. I wrote about that extraordinary experience here: Sharing Knowledge & Building Collaborations: Dementia in the Alps. Today, on World Alzheimer’s Day, we publish A Call To Action for innovative, transformative,…

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A Lifetime Social Worker Brings His Caregiving Experience Home

by Rajiv Mehta.

Caring Conversation — Jim Ramoni Jim Ramoni’s entire professional career has been in the Santa Clara County (California) Social Services Agency, dating back to 1990 as an entry level social worker in child welfare. Since 2013 he has been the Director of the Department of Adult and Aging Services. He has a Master of Social…

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A Communication Specialist “Connects the Dots” & Establishes Alzheimer’s Nonprofit

by Rajiv Mehta.

(T-shirt translated: “Do not underestimate memory loss”) Caring Conversation — DY Suharya DY Suharya is the Founder of Alzheimer’s Indonesia and the Regional Director of Alzheimer’s Disease International Asia Pacific. She has more than 20 years’ experience in public health, public/private partnerships, and communications. DY is an Ashoka Fellow and a Salzburg Global Fellow. DY…

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An Actor Becomes a Caregiver in the Production of a Lifetime

by Rajiv Mehta.

Caring Conversation — Ron Simons Ron Simons is an award winning Broadway and film producer and actor, and the founder/CEO of Simonsays Entertainment. Ron and Raj have been friends for over 30 years. As such, they’ve talked about just about everything, from jobs to kids to homemaking and back again. But this time, Raj wanted…

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A Global Consultant Finds Her Purpose While Caregiving

by Rajiv Mehta.

Caring Conversation — Catherine Lelong Catherine Lelong is a brand and marketing strategy consultant involved with a handful of Bay Area-based nonprofits. She is a founding member of the Latino Giving Circle San Francisco, at the Latino Community Foundation; chairs the board at the What If? Foundation; and is a board member of the Family…

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An Anthropologist Learns About Community Leadership From Her Pet Carer

by Rajiv Mehta.

Caring Conversation — Dawn Nafus Dawn Nafus is an anthropologist with Intel. She is also on the advisory board of Atlas of Caregiving, was deeply involved in the Pilot Study, and participated in parts of the Mapping Santa Barbara project. Dawn has published two books, as co-author of Self-Tracking, and as editor of Quantified: Biosensing…

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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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