family caregivers

The digital Atlas CareMap (beta) is here!

by Rajiv Mehta.

We’re excited to announce that a digital tool for creating CareMaps is now ready for public use. You’ll find it at www.AtlasCareMap.org. Everything you can do with a hand-drawn CareMap, you can now do online, and much more. Key Features The video describes these features of AtlasCareMap.org: Clearly see your care ecosystem — With your…

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The Atlas CareMap: My Caregiving Journey in Pictures

by Susan Williams.

I came across Atlas of Caregiving in my search for useful tools to solve caregiving challenges. I’m intrigued by the deceptively simple concept of their Atlas CareMap. A CareMap is a visualization of your relationships. You use stick figures and lines to show who you care for, who else is involved in their care, and who cares for you….

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Data Literacy for Family Caregivers: A Social Process

by Susan Williams.

“Data literacy is a social process, and the only way we strengthen that process is by building the institutional capacity. Frankly, I think Atlas is at the cutting edge of this.” – Dawn Nafus, Anthropologist at Intel Much of Atlas of Caregiving’s strength as an organization comes from having assembled a team of industry professionals, thought leaders, and researchers…

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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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