Mindfulness Skills in Dementia Caregiving - Why Both Care Partners Benefit!

Tuesday, February 27 - 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET

Clinical associate professor and Geriatric Psychiatry expert Dr. Elisabeth Drance joins MWU for a one hour discussion of:

  • The benefits of integrating Take 5 into every day life as a dementia caregiver
  • Mindfulness as a key self care strategy (eg. dealing with fear, grief and frustration, accepting what is, letting go of things that don’t really matter)
  • Simple, mindful communication practices to minimize responsive behaviours (sacred pause, S.T.O.P practice, connecting rather than correcting)
  • How mindfulness practice optimizes our ability to create joyful experiences and to “take in the good” of those moments.

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Dr. Elisabeth Drance (Liz) is a clinical associate professor of Psychiatry at UBC, and has worked in the field of Geriatric Psychiatry for the past 30 years. She has focused her practice on supporting people with dementia-related behaviours and the families & staff who care for them. Trained as a facilitator of Gentle Persuasive Approaches and the PIECES Model for assessing behaviour, and the CARERS program (Reitman Center), Liz has worked in both acute and community settings and has learned the essential nature of family and staff well-being in supporting people living with dementia. 

In the past few years, Liz has developed an interest in the role of mindfulness in supporting caregivers’ self care. She is currently in a 2 year mindfulness meditation teacher training program studying with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. She is also working with the Presence Care Project to deliver the “Mindfulness Based Dementia Care” program in Vancouver in 2018. She works at the Providence Health Care Dementia Caregiver Resource Team locates at St. Paul’s Hospital. 

Liz has learned the power of mindfulness in her own lived experience as a dementia care partner.

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