Mindfulness for Every One

Caregivers


Stress research often uses family caregivers as study subjects with good reason. Stress and stress related health problems have been linked with family care-giving in many evidence-based studies. Less studied, but with associated challenges, para-professional care-giving is increasingly stressful with high workloads and decreased pay and benefits.  Growing numbers of dependent care receivers are living at home or in facilities with chronic illness, including Alzheimer’s disease, needing care rather than cure. Family and para-professionals provide this physically and emotionally challenging care. If stress is contagious, reducing caregiver stress has an exponential impact.  Adaptations of mindfulness interventions for family and para-professional caregivers in community and institutional settings focus on practical skills for reducing caregiver stress.


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