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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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Caregivers Draw Support By Mapping Their Relationships

by Susan Williams.

By: Judith Graham DENVER — Every time Jacque Pearson tried to devise a plan to move her 81-year-old dad, who has Alzheimer’s, from his home in Boise, Idaho, to hers in Denver, she felt stuck. Then, two weeks ago, she had a breakthrough. It happened at an AARP-sponsored session in which Pearson created a “CareMap”…

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CareMap Workshops Across the Country: Atlas of Caregiving in Denver, Colorado

by Susan Williams.

Working with AARP, Atlas of Caregiving is hosting a series of CareMap Workshops across the country. The workshops are meant to teach family caregivers how to draw their own CareMaps and better understand their support networks and the resources available to them. On September 6 and 7, AARP facilitated four CareMap Workshops in Denver, Colorado…

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5 Ways to Use a Journal to Reduce Caregiver Stress

by Susan Williams.

This piece is presented as part of our partnership with DailyCaring.com. Reduce caregiver stress with journaling For many caregivers, stress is a constant companion. One effective way to reduce caregiver stress is to write in a journal. Getting your thoughts and feelings down on paper and out of your head is surprisingly therapeutic. Studies have…

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Atlas CareMaps: One of Many Solutions

by Susan Williams.

The Atlas CareMap is only one of the practical solutions being developed by the Atlas of Caregiving community. Atlas Practical Solutions are research-based tools and teachings for both caregivers and healthcare professionals to better understand and to improve daily caregiving realities. Each solution is based on real-world feedback, aims to inspire action, and begins with…

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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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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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