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Santa Barbara Continues to Innovate to Leverage Atlas CareMaps

by Rajiv Mehta.

Key Takeaways Can the impact of in-person Atlas CareMap Workshops be replicated through online media, making them more widely available? Can successful adoption of Atlas CareMaps be accelerated through cross-organizational sharing of experiences? How are social services and systems impacted when the Atlas CareMap is incorporated into existing processes that touch family caregivers? This is…

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Seeing Value, Busy Professionals Voluntarily Add to Their Efforts

by Rajiv Mehta.

Key Takeaways Social workers are finding so much value in using Atlas CareMaps with their clients, that they are voluntarily adding this tool to their already overloaded schedules. Excitement and interest about Atlas CareMaps has spread organically within the professional health and social services community in Santa Barbara County. Grant making organizations, moved by the…

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Deeply Engaged Caregivers Discover Value in Active Self-tracking

by Rajiv Mehta.

Key Takeaways All Mapping Yourself participants were already deeply engaged in their caregiving efforts, so the fact that they felt they learned a lot about their situations is very meaningful. It supports the project’s premise that caregivers can benefit from assistance and tools to better understand and manage their lives. Due to the experimental nature…

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Uncovering Community Wisdom Amongst Santa Barbara Family Caregivers

by Rajiv Mehta.

Key Takeaways Atlas CareMaps serve as a catalyst to spark social, peer-to-peer conversations about family caregiving, resulting in uncovering community wisdom and strengthening community bonds. Once people begin to map their care relationships, they start to see them everywhere. The response to the experimental methods explored in Mapping Yourself shows that there is the potential…

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

by Susan Williams.

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,…

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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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