Joy of Caring Project: Mindfulness-Based Dementia Care
We are very lucky to welcome Marguerite Manteau-Rao, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Registered Art Therapist, who has a mindfulness-based psychotherapy private practice in Menlo Park. Marguerite serves adults & families facing the psychological difficulties associated with chronic pain, illness, aging, and end-of-life. Marguerite is also a MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) instructor, and maintains an ongoing Vipassana meditation practice. She writes about her mindfulness practice, as well as end-of-life and dementia care, both for the Huffington Post and her blog, Mind Deep.
Marguerite’s presentation is entitled, "Joy of Caring Project: Mindfulness-Based Dementia Care." This presentation was inspired by her experience with her mother who suffers from Alzheimer's, and her work with clients and Zen Hospice residents. Her presentation suggests that traditional support, including education and behavior modification have not been very effective at reducing caregiver distress. Such approaches often fail to address: 1) caregivers' difficulties in disengaging from habitual ways of responding to challenging behaviors; and 2) how to manage internal resources of stress over the long run.
Marguerite’s Joy of Caring approach combines the Zen Hospice model of mindful care community, with the Mindfulness-Based Elder Care (MBEC) model, and a mindfulness-based view of dementia. Using this lens, elements of dementia that are traditionally experienced as liabilities in the care relationship can be transformed into unique opportunities for personal growth and mindfulness practice. This presentation will discuss ways to achieve such transformation.