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How I Kept My Grandad Laughing (and myself sane): Self-Care for Caregivers Series

by Susan Williams.

  We’d like to introduce Self-Care for Caregivers, a series featuring real-life caregivers sharing their stories and their advice as they learn to navigate their caregiving stories.  Our goal is to show family caregivers they are not alone – and that in each unique caregiving story there are techniques learned for improving one’s resilience. We…

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The Institute for the Future: Improving the Future of Caregiving

by Susan Williams.

  By focusing on the power of foresight, Institute for the Future (IFTF) has created a system of groundbreaking tools and techniques for providing the most accurate predictive information on society’s most pressing issues. One such issue is that of a rapidly aging society — and with it, a severe lack of caregivers. Richard Adler, a…

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How Japan and Asia are Searching for Solutions for their Rapidly Aging Population

by Susan Williams.

With Japan’s aging population and a changing society, caregiving is a complex issue. But new technological innovations may provide solutions that were once unimaginable. Dr. Michael Birt, PhD in Japanese Studies and Atlas of Caregiving advisory council member, has worked as a consultant for many large, multinational healthcare companies, a thriving sector in Japan. In 1990,…

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CareMap Workshops Across the Country: Atlas of Caregiving in Phoenix, Arizona

by Susan Williams.

  AARP organized two days of CareMap Workshops with Beatitudes, Duet, the AARP Advocates Council. Over 40 people attended, most of whom were family caregivers or preparing to become cared for by family members. Of the 40 who attended the CareMap Workshops over 95 percent learned something valuable and would recommend it to others. “We…

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Caregiving: Tough Enough for a Man

by Susan Williams.

On a typical day in Silver Spring, Md., Edith Dotson, a wheelchair-bound, Alzheimer’s-stricken mother, can be found receiving care from a local relative. For over six years, Edith has received this care, and when her relative finally let the rest of the family know how stressful it is to care for Edith, a tearful breakdown ensued….

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A Practical Solution: The CareMap

by Susan Williams.

An often overlooked but important role in any caregiving ecosystem is the role filled by family caregivers. Atlas of Caregiving envisions a world where caregiving is valued and supported as fundamental to a healthy society. Its mission is to catalyze a transformative cultural change for family caregiving through innovative research, practical solutions, and rich collaboration….

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Atlas of Caregiving and AARP: A Better Tomorrow for America’s Caregivers

by Susan Williams.

Atlas of Caregiving and AARP share a common vision: creating a society in which caregiving is valued, supported and viewed as essential to a thriving population. Both organizations know that the statistics about America’s caregiving situation are daunting. First, there are the numerous health and emotional issues plaguing America’s 40 million-plus caregivers who don’t have…

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Following the Artists of Healthcare: an interview with Susannah Fox

by Susan Williams.

“Celebrate the lone genius as well as the people who are at the kitchen table who are asking over and over how to do something differently.” – Susannah Fox, Atlas of Caregiving’s new Advisory Board member Susannah Fox, former CTO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Entrepreneur in Residence at Robert…

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A Community of Practice: Santa Barbara

by Susan Williams.

CareMapping Santa Barbara county On April 3rd the first of a series of CareMap workshops commenced in Santa Barbara. The initial workshops were hosted by Family Services Agency (FSA) and supported by the Santa Barbara Foundation. In attendance were social workers, therapists, consumers, and FSA board members – all of them in one way or…

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