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Caregiver Wellness Programs

Ageless Grace Exercise with Norie Mozzone – This YouTube video demonstrates movements that address coordination, mobility, flexibility, confidence, and more.

The Helm – Online source of connection where dementia caregivers can see how other caregivers navigate decisions and connect with their people.  Includes scratchpads to design your own strategies and free peer coaching via text.

Life-Enhancing Activities for Family Caregivers (LEAF) – Pilot program through Northwestern University and the University of California, San Francisco for family caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease.  Positive, emotion-based, skill-building sessions are offered through one-on-one video sessions or via a self-guided platform.  Study consists of weekly, one-hour-long sessions for six weeks to learn skills, nightly home practice, and online surveys.  Must have access to a reliable Wi-Fi connection; tablet will be provided through study.
Phone: (312) 503-5247

Partnering With Poise: Caring for the Care Partner – Ten-week course utilizing the Alexander technique to focus on the needs of care partners of people living with all forms of dementia.  The Alexander technique is a method to change movement habits in everyday activities to feel better and relieve tension.  Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Relaxation for Caregivers by Family Caregiver Alliance – Learning and engaging in relaxation techniques can be an effective way to manage caregiver stress.  Click on the links below to access this seven-part series via the Family Caregiver Alliance’s YouTube channel:
1) Introduction
2) Deep Breathing
3) Triangle Breathing
4) Muscle Relaxation
5) Imagery Meditation
6) Guided Imagery
7) Mindfulness Meditation

Virtual Hope Box – This free smartphone app can be personalized to manage caregiver stress, discourage hopelessness, and break the cycle of negative thoughts; includes relaxation exercises, inspirational quotes, coping cards, and quick games for distraction.