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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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Caregiving Begins With Knowledge. What Comes Next?

by Susan Williams.

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe An efficient, supportive and understanding caregiving environment is one in which the entire burden doesn’t fall on only one person, but on a team of interconnected individuals. The process of creating such an environment starts with knowing what…

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

by Susan Williams.

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…

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The Promise of Technology for Family Caregivers

by M Celine Takatsuno.

“There is not one feeling I have all the time. I get frustrated when he’s in his super slow-mode; I am worried about pneumonia when he gets a cough; I am happy when he’s joking around; and I am stressed out when dealing with his dozen or so medications. There are a lot of emotions…

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