family caregivers

CareMap Testimonials

by Susan Williams.

CareMap workshops are designed to introduce the Atlas CareMap tool to family caregivers so that they can feel better equipped to balance the often difficult responsibilities of caring for their loved ones. In conducting these workshops, Atlas of Caregiving has been immensely grateful for the opportunity to talk with caregivers and hear about their unique…

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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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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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10 Ways Caregivers Can Take a Quick Break Right Now

by Susan Williams.

This piece is presented as part of our partnership with Daily Caring.   Caregivers need regular breaks Taking regular breaks is essential for caregiver health. Like they say, caregiving is a marathon (or triathlon) so it’s essential to pace yourself for the long haul. An effective way to pace yourself is to take micro breaks during the…

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The Magic of Mondays: The Healthiest Day of the Week

by Susan Williams.

Mondays: a day to dread, or a chance for a fresh start? The Monday Campaigns, a non-profit public health initiative, is on a mission to leverage Monday as a day to promote self-care to help people become healthier and happier. Why Monday? Because it’s the beginning. Monday initiates not only the busy week ahead, but…

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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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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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