New programme aims to help caregivers improve mental well-being

New programme aims to help caregivers improve mental well-being

Participants can attend courses on mindfulness and health topics like dementia. They can also take part in activities like qigong and yoga.

An elderly woman in a wheelchair with her caregiver. (File photo: TODAY)

SINGAPORE: Caregivers can learn to improve their mental well-being and better cope with the stress of caregiving under a new programme launched at Ren Ci Hospital on Saturday (Feb 13).

The Mindful Caregiver Programme is run by Brahm Centre and supported by the Agency for Integrated Care.

Participants can attend courses on mindfulness and health topics like dementia. They can also take part in activities like qigong and yoga, and 400 people have already signed up.

Senior Minister of State for Health Dr Amy Khor said given Singapore's ageing population, more people will be involved in caring for their loved ones. However, many may not be mentally prepared to take on the role.

She said the programme is unique as it also benefits the person receiving care.

“This programme is unique as it focuses on both the caregiver and the care recipient. With mindfulness at its core, the programme seeks to empower both caregivers and care recipients to reduce their own level of stress and to be calmer when handling challenging situations and issues,” said Dr Khor.

“The programme also encourages the caregiver and recipient to be kinder to each other in speech and actions, and more accepting of each other, which is key to a harmonious relationship. This is achieved through workshops, interest groups and a support network. Within each interest or self-help group, like-minded members come together to form an informal network to support one another,” she added.

The programme is largely funded by Tote Board, together with private sector support from the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation, the Wan Family and the Lee Foundation.

Source: CNA/dl

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