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

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 hope…

The Quantified Self Movement: Transforming How We Study Family Caregiving  

6:30 AM: Samantha wakes up to the alarm from her phone’s sleep tracker app. Still half asleep, she picks up her phone and glances at the screen — it looks like she got a good night’s sleep last night. Five full REM cycles, and she only woke up once, at 2:21 AM. As she makes…

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

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,…

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….

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

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…

Following the Artists of Healthcare: an interview with Susannah Fox

“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 “Celebrate the lone genius as well as the people who are at…

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…