self-care

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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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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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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