What Is the Mindfulness-Based Dementia Care Program?
You are on a journey without a map. To be the loving caregiver you want to be, you have to be able to manage your own stress. MBDC class will help you do this. — John, MBDC program participant
The Mindfulness-Based Dementia Care (MBDC) program is designed for care partners (family and close friends) of people living with a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment or dementia. Taking MBDC is a commitment to the health and well-being of yourself and the person you are supporting. In addition to 20–22 hours of learning new skills in class, you will be asked to practice what you learn in between classes. The more you practice, the greater the likelihood of developing new healthy habits that lower your stress and increase your resilience.
Taking the MBDC class gave me tools, in fact a whole toolbelt, for coping with ordinary struggles and the inevitable surprises that come with a partner’s dementia. — Jerry, MBDC program participant.
What Are the Benefits of Mindfulness in Dementia Care?
Caring for someone with dementia can be challenging, but the experience can also be filled with moments of great compassion, love and fulfillment. MBDC offers skills to cope with stress and savor moments of joy. Practicing mindfulness in the care partnering experience leads to:
- New coping skills
- Lower anxiety, stress, depression and care partner burden
- Greater compassion for your care partner and for yourself
- A sense of emotional support from others in the same situation
- Better overall health, quality of life, well-being and resilience