Building Better Caregivers® (BBC) participants often discover they’re not alone in facing the challenges of caregiving. The nature of around-the-clock caregiving can take a toll on the health of family caregivers, impacting their caregiving capacity, and even sending them to the hospital. Employers, health plans, and families are impacted by the increase in healthcare costs […]
Like many caregivers, Gloria found herself in the unexpected role of caregiver for her husband, a disabled Veteran. She struggled to find support and resources for at-home family caregivers with no formal training. “I felt like I was in it by myself, no one understood. If I didn’t take care of myself first – mentally […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Like many, Amy felt isolated during the pandemic. Symptoms such as stress and anxiety began to impact her emotional health. Even though she doesn’t have a physical chronic condition, the peer support in Better Choices, Better Health helped her better manage those symptoms to improve her overall health and well-being.
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
Sara had never tried a group support program to manage her chronic pain before signing up for a Better Choices, Better Health®(BCBH) online workshop. Over the course of the 6-week workshop, she discovered how group support helped her refocus to better manage her chronic pain.
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, […]
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.
By Katy Plant & Corina Paraschiv Over the last few months we have been taking a deep dive to better understand user’s motivations in order to align our product to what our users find valuable. We started our journey a few months back when we looked at what motivates participants to want to make changes […]
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 […]
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 […]