self-care

Anyone Can Draw CareMaps

by Rajiv Mehta.

Key Takeaways The Atlas CareMap can be drawn just as easily by people who don’t view themselves as “Caregivers”, but as  “Patients” or “Care Recipients” or just “People” The three core questions — Who do you care for? Who else cares for them? Who cares for you? — remain the same, though it helps initially…

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Santa Barbara Continues to Innovate to Leverage 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 CareMaps be accelerated through cross-organizational sharing of experiences? How are social services and systems impacted when the CareMap is incorporated into existing processes that touch family caregivers? This is the fifth…

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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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A Grassroots Group Finds Its Voice

by Rajiv Mehta.

Key Takeaways Someone in the community needs to lead. The enthusiasm and personal outreach of two of the promotoras, Josefa Rios and Maribel Landeros, was critical at the start to get a large group of other promotoras to devote several hours of precious time to attend an esoteric-sounding workshop. The Atlas CareMap appears to have…

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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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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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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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