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Stress Busting Program

The Stress-Busting Program (SBP) for Family Caregivers ™ is an evidence-based program that provides support to family caregivers of persons with dementia or a chronic illness.  It is proven to:

  • Improve the quality of life of family caregivers who are providing care to an older loved one
  • Help Caregivers manage their stress and cope better with their lives

In the Stress-Busting Program for Family Caregivers, caregivers will:

  • Learn about stress and its effects;
  • Practice stress management techniques
  • Develop problem solving skills

Program Information

High levels of stress, anxiety, and depression are common among family caregivers. How caregivers deal with the stresses associated with caregiving may be critical to their well-being. The well-being of caregiving is essential not only because they are important as people, but also because caregivers who care for themselves take better care of their loved ones.

The multi-component Stress-Busting Program for Family Caregivers provides caregivers the tools and strategies they need to take care of themselves. This program helps them cope more effectively with the stress related to caregiving.

This program has been highly beneficial for many family caregivers. Most have viewed it as a source of strength and support for them in their caregiving role. "You have changed my life' is a comment that is often offered by caregivers who have completed the program. Indeed, learning skills and developing attitudes to address the challenges of life can be life changing. 

The Stress-Busting Program has been highly beneficial for many family caregivers. Here is what they have said:

"It has helped me learn to relax and to enjoy my husband as he is instead of thinking about how he used to be. It has helped me to take things less seriously and to laugh more and count my blessings."

"It changed my perspective of the entire situation. I realized that I am an important individual and worthy of being cared for. Caring for myself is a must!"

"I was at a very low point in my life. The program saved me from going into a deep depression.... it saved my life."

"The descent into my husband's Alzheimer's accelerated for both of us. I thought my life had ended, that i would be nothing more than an empty shell forever. The Stress-Busting program gave me a safety net when I most needed it, and gave me the impetus to live richly."

"The program was turning point in my being able to cope."

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