You will be given everything you need including a session handbook, a meditation CD, and a relaxation strategies DVD.
Caregivers who have completed this program feel significantly lower stress, depression, and anxiety and are able to enjoy a better quality of life. They have also experienced improvement in their ability to relax, manage stress and feel better about themselves.
The program consists of 90-minute sessions that occur once per week for 9 weeks. The program is conducted in a small group setting with two trained group facilitators. Participants are provided with many resources including a handbook covering class material, a meditation CD, and a relaxation strategies DVD.
|Week||Title and Content|
|1||Getting Started: Group introductions, purpose, and expectations of program.||Relaxation Breathing|
|2||Stress: Effects on Mind, Body, and Spirit: Causes of stress, mind-body-spirit connections to stress.||Meditation|
|3||Caregiver Stress and Relaxation: Effects of stress, relaxation response, creating a relaxation environment.||Imagery|
|4||Facing Challenges: Understanding and managing difficult and challenging situations when caring for someone with dementia or a chronic illness.||Hand Massage|
|5||Grief, Loss, and Depression: Grieving process and losses related to caring for someone with dementia or a chronic illness.||Art|
|6||Coping with Stress: Discussion of changeable and unchangeable stressors. Changing roles and relationships. Use of coping strategies.||Aromatherapy|
|7||Positive Thinking: Changing the way one can think (cognitive restructuring) and how to view situations in a more positive framework. Twisted thinking is discussed.||Journaling|
|8||Taking Care of Yourself: Healthy Living: Integrating the strategies learned in earlier sessions to help develop a healthier lifestyle. Emphasis on incorporating good nutrition and sleep habits, exercise, and hobbies into daily routines.||Music|
|9||Choosing a Path to Wellness: Final integration of first 8 sessions and applying it so caregivers will be empowered to take care of themselves. Caregivers create a plan to do this and focus on healthy living. Discuss assertiveness skills.|
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