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Averting a Crisis: Funding a Bold Vision of Family Caregiving

by M Celine Takatsuno and Rajiv Mehta.

For several years we’ve heard the warnings: there’s a looming caregiving crisis. There are not enough caregivers for an aging America. Demographics are shifting — by 2030, twenty percent of the population will be over 65 — while care costs are shifting from health systems and employers to families. As a result, family caregivers are…

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A Complex Web: Family Caregiving and Healthcare

by M Celine Takatsuno.

“It is tough to be the caregiver for someone else when you have your own significant health issues to monitor and treatments to do throughout the day. The hardest thing has always been when I’ve been in the hospital or on home IV’s round-the-clock. It brings the stark reality of my illness into undeniable territory…

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The Promise of Technology for Family Caregivers

by M Celine Takatsuno.

“There is not one feeling I have all the time. I get frustrated when he’s in his super slow-mode; I am worried about pneumonia when he gets a cough; I am happy when he’s joking around; and I am stressed out when dealing with his dozen or so medications. There are a lot of emotions…

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Family Caregivers: Working at Home, Working at Work

by M Celine Takatsuno.

Thursday: doctor’s appointment, work, work, work, fight about money (medical bills), collapse, try to recover. That is how Patty and Nate spent the day they participated in the Atlas of Caregiving Pilot Study. College sweethearts who have been together for more than a dozen years, Patty and Nate are both in their 30s, and contending…

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Behind the Scenes with the Atlas of Caregiving: Roni Zeiger, Smart Patients

by M Celine Takatsuno.

“It’s not just about the doctor — there is so much other stuff to do. And sometimes, you feel alone or overwhelmed and you need to just talk to people” – Participant, Atlas of Caregiving Care Map Workshops, February 2016 It’s often said that the majority of the ‘care’ in ‘healthcare’ is provided at home,…

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Themes on Caregiving from AARP Health Innovation@50+

by M Celine Takatsuno.

Maybe we’re a bit biased, but everywhere we go we see exciting momentum building toward making caregiving easier and better supporting the caregiver community. This week, we had the opportunity to attend the AARP 2016 Health Innovation@50+ event held in the San Francisco Bay Area — an entire day dedicated to creating awareness, raising involvement,…

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