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

by Susan Williams.

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…

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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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To Achieve a Culture of Health, First We Have to See

by Susan Williams.

In October of 2016, on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Lori Melichar, Director of RWJF’s Pioneer Portfolio, invited Atlas of Caregiving founder and CEO Rajiv Mehta to New York City. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supports people with bold visions in building a healthy future, or a Culture of Health. Rajiv and the…

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A Complex Web: Family Caregiving and Healthcare

by M Celine Takatsuno.

“It is tough to be the caregiver for someone else when you have your own significant health issues to monitor and treatments to do throughout the day. The hardest thing has always been when I’ve been in the hospital or on home IV’s round-the-clock. It brings the stark reality of my illness into undeniable territory…

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