The Presence Care Project is a new, innovative mindfulness-based dementia care training for family and professional care partners (caregivers). Unlike other forms of training that are skills-based only and tend to be quickly forgotten, the Presence Care approach results in sustained attitudinal changes aimed at benefiting care partners throughout the long journey of dementia. The Presence Care training is the only mindfulness-based program designed specifically to meet the unique challenges of dementia care.
The 3 Pillars of Presence Care:
Care partners learn to incorporate
mindfulness practice into their every-day lives. Mindful presence, or the ability to be aware of the present moment, on purpose and without judgment, has been scientifically proven to be an
effective stress-reduction strategy.
Through lectures, group sharing, mindful enquiries, and hands on activities, care partners learn to adopt an integrative view of dementia. This integrative approach combines both biomedical and experiential models of care.
Third, care partners learn to develop a mindful care community and strategies to develop such a community. Although simple, mindfulness practice is hard to sustain without the support of a community of practice.