Mindfulness Based Dementia Care

Mindfulness Based Dementia Care is an 8-week program designed for people who care for cognitively impaired individuals. While not all stress is inherently bad, there are unique stressors experienced in dementia care that can become mentally, physically, and emotionally overwhelming. A mindfulness practice specifically geared to the care role offers invaluable resources and coping practices for responding to these stressors. The Mindfulness Based Dementia Care Program offers a way to establish a practice of mindfulness that can help improve the quality of life for both care partners.  The program consists of 7 2-hour sessions and 1 6-hour day of mindfulness. The sessions consist of formal meditation and informal mindfulness practices, role play, and lectures on dementia related topics. Participants receive a work book with literature related to the session topics and journaling prompts.  The program also involves practice in between classes. The goal is to reward participants with a transformative experience that may help sustain their wellbeing over the care journey.

MBDC programs are offered in Ann Arbor, San Francisco and Phoenix. We offer facilitator training and look forward to adding additional MBDC sites to meet the growing demand. Meanwhile, we are working to create an online version of the program. Stay tuned.


MBDC Online:

No Boundaries, No Barriers

Mindfulness-based Dementia Care (MBDC) is unlike other forms of training that are skills-based only and tend to be quickly forgotten. MBDC results in sustained attitudinal changes aimed at benefiting care partners throughout the long journey of dementia. Meeting the needs of family caregivers and improving their well-being is an immediate way to improve the lives of adults living with a dementia.  This specialized training includes the only mindfulness-based program designed specifically to meet the unique challenges of dementia care.

Having taught Mindfulness-Based Dementia Care for some years now, we have seen the transformative, healing effects first-hand. Participants become more attuned with themselves, their own needs, and in turn more attuned to the needs and states of the person in their care. The program offers a way to increase resilience, build skills and reduce ongoing stress. Unfortunately, there are only a few MBDC facilitators (though this network is growing!) and access to this program is limited by geographic and economic factors. Even if MBDC was taught in a caregiver’s own community, they may not be able to participate due to lack of respite care availability.

Being able to offer the Mindfulness Based Dementia Care program online, and creating an online community of MBDC practitioners will give everyone access to this program. Our goal is to create this online program and make it freely accessible to informal caregivers.


Community Cooperative

Adult Day Programs Vision

The Presence Care Project’s Community Cooperative Adult Day Program Network mission is to create a supportive, dementia friendly community by engaging care partners in providing services in community-based, affordable co-op adult day programming

The Community Cooperative Adult Day Programs network vision includes a series of ‘tiers’, or levels of care, offered by various, already existing organizations.

The first tier offers senior programming as is currently offered to well-seniors, but staff will be trained to recognize early signs of cognitive changes, and how to address these. Included in this tier is also education on brain health, wellness and latest research, as well as information on local resources.

The second tier offers ‘memory friendly’ programming, such as already offered by the Memory Care Café in San Francisco. Weekly gatherings in various public places with care dyads, who can engage in stimulating activities together, socialize and connect. At this tier, the care partners become ‘Co-workers’ and commit to facilitating the gatherings part time. This tier offers so called soft respite to care partners during the gatherings, and full respite during their time off. In addition to learning how to facilitate in a way that invites participants to engage and contribute, Co-workers will receive training on behavior changes associated with dementia, and ways to navigate these changes, as well as how to navigate their own inner states to reduce reactivity and increase resilience.

The third tier offers full Adult Day programming such as already offered by Adult Day programs. Under the CCADP, care partners act as part-time Co-workers, facilitating group activities, meal prep, etc. Their training continues and deepens as their loved one’s condition progresses so they will be able to meet the needs of participants who, by now have difficulty expressing their needs in conventional ways.

*Some of the many benefits of CCADP programming include relieving isolation, increasing skill and resilience, creating awareness, enhancing quality of life, and relieving the stigma of living with dementia.

*Involving care partners as Co-workers in this way arms them with knowledge and support throughout the journey, and allows programming to be offered in a way that is more affordable for those who do not qualify for current state and federally funded programs.

*CCADP programs will offer volunteer opportunities, as well as internship opportunities for students/clinicians with supervised hours.

*All programming under the CCADP umbrella includes paid staff who will handle intake, plan programming, monitor safety, and handle the administrative aspects of the programs.

*Programs that participate in the CCADP network will benefit from being a part of a local network that shares a common vision and community oriented, person centered approach.

Please contact us at info@presencecareproject.com for more information.