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Caregiving, Coping and Compassion- Age Friendly SV sponsors series of events for SV Reads 2018

January 31st, 2018

We are thrilled to announce that we will be participating in this year’s, Silicon Valley Reads by offering an array of events centered on this year’s contemporary theme, No Matter What: Caring, Coping, and Compassion.

Silicon Valley Reads is an annual program which selects books that focus on a contemporary theme and encourages the community to read, think and discuss together. SV Reads offers a variety free events to the public throughout Santa Clara County from February 1st to March 31st, which range from author lead discussions to panel talks, all centered on the theme of compassion and caring.

The two books that were chosen to accompany this year’s theme are Goodbye Vitamin, by Rachel Khong and My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward, by Mark Lukach. Each of these stories focuses on two families that found a renewed love for each other when they were thrust into caregiving positions.

The Seniors’ Agenda of Santa Clara County Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) and Kaiser Permanente are proud to sponsor a series of CareMapping workshops at various libraries throughout Santa Clara County. A CareMap is a diagram of one’s care ecosystem which shows who is caring for whom along with other important information.  Developed by the nonprofit, Atlas of Caregiving and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Atlas of Caregiving team has taught CareMapping workshops all over the world.

Along with the CareMapping workshops, DAAS and Kaiser Permanente are honored to sponsor a panel discussion on March 8th at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. The discussion will focus on the topic of, Using Technology, Innovations, and Data to Create A New Future of Caregiving. This panel will feature Rajiv Mehta, the CEO and Founder of the Atlas of Caregiving, Dawn Narus, Anthropologist and Senior Research Scientist at the Intel Corporation,  Gary Wolf, the Co-founder of Quantified Self and a Contributing Editor at Wired and Mark Lukach, the author of one of SV Reads 2018 books, My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward. The panel discussion will be moderated by Barbara Marsham, the Editorial Page Editor of the Mercury News.

We are excited to be apart of this community event and look forward to the discussions on caregiving, coping and compassion and the new insights that we will learn.

For more information on all of the SV Reads events, click the link below:

2018 SVR Calendar of Events

CareMapping Workshops: Dates and times

Workshops are limited to 30 participants. Register on the library’s events page.

  • Alum Rock Library — February 12th, 4:30-6:30 pm
  • Morgan Hill Library — February 13th, 7:00-9:00 pm
  • Campbell Library — February 22nd, 2:00-4:00 pm
  • Saratoga Library — March 2nd, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
  • Gilroy Library — March 5th, 7:00-9:00 pm
  • Los Altos Library — March 19th, 7:00-9:00 pm

Panel Discussion: Using Technology, Innovations, and Data to Create A New Future of Caregiving

  • The Tech Museum of Innovation- March 8th, doors open at 6:30 pm

 

 

Atlas CareMap — Empowering families and building community

January 30th, 2018

SV Reads brings locally-developed CareMap Workshops, which have had a big impact on communities across the country, to Silicon Valley for the first time.

Who all do you care for? Who else cares for them? And who cares for you?

Developed by nonprofit Atlas of Caregiving, with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the CareMap is a diagram of a family’s care ecosystem showing who cares for whom along with other key information. It can be drawn by hand or on a computer. A seemingly simple tool, the CareMap has often had a transformational impact on individuals, families, and communities.

The process of drawing the CareMap — thinking about who to include and why — and then reflecting upon what’s been drawn helps people better understand their own family care situations. The increased self-awareness helps them: better manage the people involved; recognize what is working well (and worth celebrating); recognize and plan for current and potential difficulties; and better advocate for their own needs.

In the past two years, several hundred people across the US have participated in CareMap Workshops, sponsored by AARP and the Santa Barbara Foundation. In these Workshops, people learn to draw and reflect on their own CareMaps. Most importantly, they have an opportunity to show others what they’ve drawn and speak about what they’ve learned. These conversations have been eye-opening for many, and have catalyzed more conversations outside the Workshop. Many workshop participants have gone on to show and teach CareMaps to their family, friends, colleagues, and others in the community. A news story Caregivers Draw Support By Mapping Their Relationships featured some examples.

In Santa Barbara, where over 150 people have participated in Atlas-led Workshops, community volunteers have gone on to teach hundreds more families, social workers are using CareMaps with their clients, hospitals are investigating how to incorporate them into their efforts and processes, and the Santa Barbara Foundation and the local Area Agency on Aging are both requiring all grantees to use CareMaps in their programs. 

CareMap Workshop locations and dates

Workshops are limited to 30 participants. Register on the library’s events page.

  • Alum Rock Library — February 12th, 4:30-6:30 pm
  • Morgan Hill Library — February 13th, 7:00-9:00 pm
  • Campbell Library — February 22nd, 2:00-4:00 pm
  • Saratoga Library — March 2nd, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
  • Gilroy Library — March 5th, 7:00-9:00 pm
  • Los Altos Library — March 19th, 7:00-9:00 pm

Resources

Draw CareMaps using an online tool here AtlasCareMap.org. Further instructions and examples can be found on the Atlas of Caregiving website

If you prefer to draw your CareMap by hand, instructions and examples can be found here.

For more information, contact Rajiv Mehta, CEO, Atlas of Caregiving, at rajiv@atlasofcaregiving.com

Article by Rajiv Mehta, CEO of Atlas of Caregiving.

 

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