As the baby boom generation reaches older adulthood, the number of individuals 65 years of age and older is growing rapidly. As many adults in this age group are also caring for other aging family members, the need for informal or family caregivers is expected to rise dramatically. Due to the emotionally challenging and time-consuming nature of care giving, adult caregivers are at risk for experiencing mental health symptoms such as stress, depression, and anxiety. Therefore, the purpose of this project was to design a mindfulness-based psycho-educational group for caregivers of older adults to help alleviate symptoms of caregiver stress. This project was developed on behalf of WISE & Healthy Aging based in Santa Monica, California. The goals of the program are to educate caregivers about the use of mindfulness techniques, increase caregivers' coping skills, and decrease caregivers' perceived stress. The actual submission and/or funding of this grant were not required for the successful completion of this thesis project.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Counseling Psychology, Developmental psychology, Individual & family studies, Health care management|
|Keywords:||Caregiver, Caregiver group, Mindfulness, Older adults, Psycho-education|
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