Implementation of a mindfulness based dementia-care program within a healthcare system [abstract]
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The stress associated with caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia can negatively affect mental and physical health. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), teaching caregivers to focus on the present moment with non-judgmental awareness, has been shown to improve overall mental health, reduce perceived stress, and decrease depression. At HealthPartners, we implemented the Mindfulness Based Dementia-Care (MBDC) program, an 8-week program designed for family caregivers for those living with dementia. MBDC combines teaching of MBSR skills along with essential education for this chronic disease. Participants attend a 1-hour orientation session, 2-hour classes each week for 8 weeks, at-home practice between classes, and a 6-hour Saturday retreat. Secure electronic surveys are administered at baseline, program completion and follow-up for evaluation of the program. We will discuss barriers and learnings of implementation as well as preliminary results from the evaluation.
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