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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 Atlas 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 Atlas 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 Atlas CareMaps be accelerated through cross-organizational sharing of experiences? How are social services and systems impacted when the Atlas CareMap is incorporated into existing processes that touch family caregivers? This is…

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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 Atlas CareMaps has spread organically within the professional health and social services community in Santa Barbara County. Grant making organizations, moved by the…

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

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The Atlas CareMap: My Caregiving Journey in Pictures

by Susan Williams.

I came across Atlas of Caregiving in my search for useful tools to solve caregiving challenges. I’m intrigued by the deceptively simple concept of their Atlas CareMap. A CareMap is a visualization of your relationships. You use stick figures and lines to show who you care for, who else is involved in their care, and who cares for you….

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Sharing Knowledge & Building Collaborations: Dementia in the Alps

by Rajiv Mehta.

Fifty extraordinary and passionate people from around the world met for five days in Salzburg, Austria to discuss “Changing Minds: Innovations in Dementia Care and Dementia-Friendly Communities”. The event was organized by the Salzburg Global Seminar, and held at the fabulous Schloss Leopoldskron. I was delighted to be invited to join a group of world…

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