Stress-Busting Program for Family Caregivers
Eligible: family caregivers of an older adult
Focus Area: Caregivers- persons caring for an aging family member
Class Type: Classroom setting. Weekly for 9 weeks.
The Stress Busting Program (SBP) for Family Caregivers is a multi-component program where facilitators meet with a small group of family caregivers for 1 ½ hours once a week for 9 consecutive weeks to facilitate education, support, problem solving, and stress management. It takes a holistic approach addressing the emotional, physical, spiritual, and cognitive needs of family caregivers. Content includes the topics of (1) stress and relaxation; (2) grief, loss, and depression; (3) dealing with challenging behaviors of people with dementia; (4) coping with stress; (5) positive thinking; (6) taking time for yourself; and (7) choosing a path of wellness. Stress management techniques are taught including (1) relaxation breathing, (2) meditation, (3) imagery, (4) art, (5) music, (6) journaling, and (7) aromatherapy.