The Institute for the Future: Improving the Future of Caregiving

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 distinguished…

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

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….

A Practical Solution: The CareMap

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….

A Community of Practice: Santa Barbara

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…

It Takes a Village: How Local Caregiving Efforts Can Have a National Impact

Caregiving is more than just occasionally helping another person — it’s a lifestyle, and in many cases, a full-time job. In the midst of a growing need for caregiving resources nationwide, Santa Barbara County is taking critical steps to help community members first self-identify as caregivers and then reflect on the areas in which they need…

Family caregiver Julie smiles broadly while recommending laughing once a day to help those living with chronic illness
A Complex Web: Family Caregiving and Healthcare

“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…