Canary Health® To Increase Focus On Peer-led Programs For Adults With Chronic Diseases And Programs For Caregivers

Los Angeles, CA – January 25, 2022– Canary Health®,  a leader in the creation and distribution of digital therapeutics, will expand its efforts to improve the health of adults with chronic conditions through our program Better Choices, Better Health® and our caregiver program Building Better Caregivers® .  As part of this enhanced focus, Canary Health […]

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Daily Acts of Self-Care Can Ease Caregiving Stress

By Lee Woodruff, AARP Most caregivers have a complicated relationship with self-care. We keep a polite smile on when someone (usually not actively caregiving) tells us, “Make sure you take care of yourself, too!” Sure. Of course. Easier said than done.   So how do you find ways to incorporate very specific actions and physical […]

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What Family Caregivers Need: Findings from Listening Sessions

By Eileen J. Tell, Mph; Pamela Nadash, Phd;Marc A. Cohen, Phd   This report is one of two components of the RAISE Family Caregivers Act. Family caregivers were provided multiple forums to express their needs and challenges, thoughts and concerns.  This report identifies findings from the forums and identify the specific services, supports or policy […]

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Paula’s Story: Finding Time For Herself

November is National Family Caregivers Month in honor of all that caregivers do. But despite caregiving around the clock, caregivers are so much more. Building Better Caregivers®(BBC) graduate Paula cares for her husband, a Vietnam Vet with diabetes, Parkinson’s, heart disease and dementia. Before taking BBC, Paula had no time for herself. After the workshop, her […]

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Diane’s Story: Becoming A Better Caregiver

Diane looked forward to retiring when her husband retired, imagining they would enjoy a life of traveling together. Her husband’s unexpected diagnosis changed their plans however, but it didn’t throw a wrench in them. Find out how she approaches caregiving for her husband after taking the Building Better Caregivers® (BBC) 6-week online workshop. Watch How Diane Became a Better […]

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Mary’s Story: Participant of Building Better Caregivers®

Mary, Caregiver for her son, shares how the Building Better Caregivers® online workshop helped her better manage the challenges of caregiving for her Veteran. See how support from Caregivers and trained leaders in the BBC workshop helped her take time for herself, and make progress on her path to  wellness for her Vet.

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Caring for Caregivers: Bridging the Gap Between Family Caregiving Policy and Practice

By Venus Wong, PhD, BCBA, Sarah Rosenbaum, MD, MPH, Winnie Sung, MBChB,Robert M. Kaplan, PhD, Nicholas Bott, PhD, Terry Platchek, MD, Arnold Milstein, MD,Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH   We were pleased to see our Building Better Caregivers® (BBC) program as part of a New England Journal of Medicine catalyst publication where the authors present […]

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Op-Ed: Getting Past Disease to the Science of Wellness

Abridged version by Neal Kaufman, originally written by Leroy Hood appearing in the LA Times   “America was sick before COVID-19 struck. The pandemic has made our national sickness more acute and illustrated the critical importance of “wellness” in preventing disease and optimizing health. We know this because COVID disproportionately impacted people with chronic illness […]

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Food for Thought: Resilience Is the Courage to Grow from Stress

By Wendy Wood   Resilience is the courage to grow from stress. But, how do we become more proficient at becoming more resilient?   Here are some ideas: Resilience is: the building of our inner resources, and, the identification of reliable external resources. Resilience is: self-confidence that supports fear-management. Resilience is: the ability to stabilize […]

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Interview with BCBH & BBC Facilitator Maria Pfeiffer

By Carrie Pittman   Maria Pfeiffer was a student studying behavior change models including the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) when she was unexpectedly diagnosed with a chronic condition. The intersection of her life’s work and her personal life was illuminated by the benefits of peer support — the very foundation of her studies.   […]

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Data Storytelling : Turning Research Insights into Relatable Content

By Katy Plant & Corina Paraschiv   Managing pain is one of the most desired skills mentioned, as identified in our most recent survey with chronically ill patients. Over the past few months, we have taken this insight further by identifying underlying goals and motivations of individuals living with chronic pain. You may, in fact, […]

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Building Better Caregivers ® – Barbara’s Story

Barbara, a full-time Caretaker for her husband with a cognitive impairment, learned how to be a better Caregiver after taking the Building Better Caregivers® 6-week online workshop. Resources, new techniques improving communication, and support from other Caregivers helped her to better manage her emotional and physical health.

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Beth’s Story: Sharing with Others Made Me Feel Good

OEBB Moda member Beth shares how the Better Choices, Better Health® (BCBH) online workshop has helped her better manage her chronic conditions through sharing with others in the program. “This program approaches participants from the heart. I appreciated the support of the facilitators. I enjoyed hearing others share their challenges, as it was comforting to […]

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Better Choices, Better Health® BCBH Participant Research

By Katy Plant & Corina Paraschiv   More than three decades ago, the original Better Choices, Better Health®(BCBH) research team identified the important skills to develop for those self-managing chronic conditions. While these skills are consistent, the motivation for achieving healthy living goals, however, may vary greatly from one individual to another. So to better […]

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Building Better Caregivers® Helps Idena

Idena is a Caregiver for her husband, a Vietnam Vet. They struggled to communicate, and went through periods where he simply didn’t want to talk. She would get frustrated when he spoke of the war, because in her mind, it’s long over. But she kept trying; kept building her fortitude and resilience. She even moved […]

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Reflections From Katy Plant, General Manager Canary Peers

By Katy Plant   Reflecting on how Canary Peers can best support the Black Lives Matter movement, I am reminded that cultural humility is one of our program’s guiding principles and that it starts with listening. So I am sharing a snippet of Starette’s story as captured through a Canary Peers’ team member, Kathryn Ramos. […]

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Canary Peers Announces Partnership with UCSF

This week Canary Peers announces our partnership with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).  UCSF  has received funding for a 5-year National Institutes of Health research study on caregivers utilizing our Building Better Caregivers® program as the study intervention program. The study is open to caregivers living in rural areas of the United States […]

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Canary Health® Launches Canary Peers

May 6, 2020 Release     CANARY HEALTH® LAUNCHES CANARY PEERS New Unit Uniquely Focuses On Peers To Further Drive Health Outcomes And Reduce  Health Care Costs For People Living With Chronic Conditions   Los Angeles, CA – May 6, 2020 – Canary Health®, a leading digital health and digital therapeutics company, announced today the […]

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Better Choices Better Health® Provides Support During COVID-19 Pandemic

By Dawn Menning Lately, there has been a lot of discussion in our Better Choices, Better Health® (BCBH) workshops about COVID-19. Not surprisingly, in addition to the coronavirus directly increasing stress and anxiety levels, changes to normal life like orders to shelter in place have forced our participants to adjust their normal self-care habits.  We […]

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Just When Needed It Most, Community-based Organizations Forced to Cancel Peer Workshops

By Katy Plant In this newsletter and many other forums, we have shared the impact peer-driven self-management support has had to increase self-efficacy, reduce anxiety, and improve outcomes.  With COVID-19 both exacerbating fears of co-morbid conditions and creating its own challenges through shelter-at-home, this kind of support is needed now more than ever.  Unfortunately, in […]

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