The following are some frequently asked questions about the Stress-Busting Program for Family Caregivers™:

1. Who should be participants in the SBP?

They need to be caregivers of people with dementia. Dementia can be caused by many different diseases/disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, etc. The commonality needs to be dementia.

2. Is the program only available for caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease? What about caregivers of persons with other conditions?

At this time, the Stress-Busting Program is only available to those family caregivers who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. The program has been specifically developed for these caregivers. Dementia does not have to be the primary diagnoses.

For assistance with caregiving issues for caregivers of loved ones with other conditions, please check our Resources page.

3. Is the program available in my area?

Please click here to find organizations offering the program.

4. Can I become a Master Trainer?

Master Training is available to organizations that purchase a license and pay Master Training fees. For more information email or call 866-390-6491.

5. Can I become a group facilitator? Can I lead a class?

Group facilitators or those interested in leading a group would need a recommendation from a Master Trainer. In addition, group facilitators are required to attend training.



From 1996 – 2010, the Stress-Busting Program was developed through funding from the National Institutes of Health under the direction of Sharon L. Lewis, RN, PhD, FAAN. From 2010 – 2012 the Stress-Busting Program was translated with funding from the Administration on Aging in partnership with WellMed Charitable Foundation into the community in central and south Texas using a “master trainer – lay leader” model.

The Stress-Busting Program is recognized by the Administration on Aging as the highest-level criteria for an evidence-based program and by the VA as evidence-supported program.

The Stress-Busting Program is written into the Texas State Plan on Alzheimer’s Disease under Goal IV. Caregivers will experience enhanced levels of support through improved access to Alzheimer’s disease/dementia care information and services.

Lewis, SL, Miner-Williams, DM, et al. 2009. “A Stress-Busting Program for Family Caregivers.” Rehabilitation Nursing. Vol 34, No. 4; July/August.

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