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

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

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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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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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Drawing With Data In Mind

by Susan Williams.

The digital Atlas CareMap, still in development, is an exciting project aimed at increasing the accessibility and functionality of the traditional CareMap and to collect first-of-its-kind data about our care ecosystems. To build the digital CareMap, Atlas of Caregiving has partnered with Accurat, a data-driven design and research firm. Accurat specializes in building visual narratives…

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Mapping Yourself in Santa Barbara

by Susan Williams.

Each month, CEO Rajiv Mehta, Atlas Advisor Dawn Nafus, and Susan Williams head to Santa Barbara to meet with a handful of people who have committed to the “Mapping Yourself” series of workshops. The workshops are an opportunity for participants to learn deeply about themselves and their situation so that they can better identify new…

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The Promotores Network: Re-writing the Cultural Paradigm of Caregiving in Hispanic California  

by Susan Williams.

    “We’re building awareness and self-identification about the support that family members and others are giving. Promotores is part of defining that need and designing the key messages for engagement.” – Georgene Lowe, a Promotores RN A community is only as strong as its most vulnerable members. And while the elderly and ill are…

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How We Make Sense of the World with Maps

by Susan Williams.

By Sara Bollman Why does Atlas of Caregiving use maps to help family caregivers better understand their daily activities and needs? There could have been multiple formats used, so why employ cartography as the foundation to this understanding? We have always used maps. The forms and functions of maps have shifted with the times and…

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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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