Free on-line University of Burkeley course The Science of Happiness: https://www.edx.org/course/the-science-of-happiness-0
Happiness is a direction, not a place.
— Sydney J. Harris
"A free eight-week Science of Happiness course that will offer practical, research-backed tips on living a happy and meaningful life." - The Huffington Post
Meditation practice isn't about trying to throw ourselves away
and become something better.
It's about befriending who we are already.
- Pema Chodron -
Free on-line Mindfullness Based Stress Reduction Course: https://palousemindfulness.com
Based on the program founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn
World Health Organization, free on-line caregiver training iSupport: https://www.isupportfordementia.org/en
Helps provide good care and to care for yourself. Topicks include: inderstanding the impact of dementia, adressing difficult behaviors, providing good care, taking care of yhourself.
Free on-line stress management course for dementia caregivers. iCare: http://www.icarefamily.com
The iCare Program is a stress management skills training for caregivers of individuals with memory problems, funded by the National Institute on Aging. In collaboration with Stanford University, the Alzheimer's Association and other organizations, we have created online training videos to help caregivers to communicate better and overcome stressful situations in their caregiver role. The goal of this program is to teach skills, provide tools and resources, in order to enhance the coping with caregiving and improve the quality of life.
"Caring for someone with Alzheimer's can make you feel alone.
Now, I've found others like me."
On-line support groups and forums for people who are living with dementia and for their family caregivers: https://www.alzconnected.org
In-person support groups: https://www.alz.org/events/event_search?etid=2&cid=0
BEST FRIENDS APPROACH
Philosophy: what a person with dementia needs most of all is a friend, a “Best Friend.”
1. Recognizing the basic rights of a person with dementia.
2. Understanding what it’s like to have dementia. Behaviors seem less strange or unreasonable when you understand that dementia impacts the brain.
3. Knowing and using the person’s Life Story.
4. Knowing just what to say when communication is breaking down.
5. Developing the ‘Knack’ of great dementia care. Knack is the “art of doing difficult things with ease,” or “clever tricks and strategies.”
6. Experiencing meaningful engagement throughout the day.
7. Recasting the relationship and your language from staff to Best Friend.
JUST FOR FUN
Free on-line: Science & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science (chemistry): https://www.edx.org/course/science-and-cooking-chemistry
Top chefs and Harvard researchers explore how everyday cooking and haute cuisine can illuminate basic principles in chemistry, physics, and engineering. Learn about food molecules and how chemical reactions can affect food texture and flavor.
Free on-line: Science & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science (physics):
Top chefs and Harvard researchers explore how traditional and modernist cooking techniques can illuminate basic principles in chemistry, physics, and engineering. Learn about elasticity, viscosity, mayonnaise, baking, and more!