ProActive Caring

Welcome to Proactive Caring, “Teaching Mindfulness to Support Family Members of Persons with Disabilities.

ProActive Caring was created with the Center on Aging and Disability Policy at Mount Saint Mary College as a partnership between service providers and family caregivers, to support you as you care for a person with special needs.

Caregivers often describe themselves as feeling stressed or overwhelmed by anxiety about the future, by the judgments (or denial) or family members and friends, by the bureaucracies they have to deal with, by financial pressures, and sometimes even by caring for more than one family member.

In fact, the stresses associated with being a family caregiver of someone with intellectual or developmental disabilities can be so great that it is not uncommon for caregivers introducing themselves and their situation to other caregivers in a group, to burst into tears! Unlike other support programs, such as respite care, that may address certain aspects of caregiver stress, ProActive Caring aims to help you develop coping skills and build resilience to current and future stress.

The ProActive Caring e-Manual will lead you through eight modules and accompanying exercises that teach strategies to enhance your sense of well-being and reduce the stress you experience in your role as a caregiver.

We wish you well as you begin your journey towards better physical, mental, and emotional health and towards a more joyful and fulfilling life.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 716-332-4170.

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