Building Better Caregivers™

Online workshop provides information and support

Building Better Caregivers™ is a 6-week workshop for family caregivers. If you are a caregiver, this workshop will help you learn a variety of skills, such as time and stress management, healthy eating, exercise and dealing with difficult emotions.

The workshop addresses specific needs of caregivers who care for someone with dementia, memory problems, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or any other serious injury or illness. Participants review weekly lessons, exchange ideas with other caregivers, and access online tools to make caregiving easier. Developed at Stanford University, the program has been recognized for its ability to reduce caregiver stress and depression, and increase their overall well-being.

Benefits of Building Better Caregivers™

  1. Find practical ways to manage your own fatigue and stress.
  2. Discover how to manage difficult behaviors and feelings when caring for a veteran.
  3. Make good decisions and future plans for loved ones and yourself.
  4. Connect with other caregivers who understand what you are going through.
  5. The support of an alumni community after your workshop is completed.

How Does it Work?

The program is a 6-week, highly-interactive, small-group workshop 20-25 family caregivers complete together. It’s facilitated by two trained moderators, one or both of whom also are caregivers. Participation may be at 2-3 times during each week, for a total of 2 hours a week for 6 weeks.

Currently, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Caregiver Support Program, Canary Health, and NCOA make this program available to veterans through an innovative partnership to provide self-management support for family caregivers. Learn more about how the online workshop has benefited veterans in this article in Federal Practitioner.

Who Can Participate

Caregivers for someone with dementia, memory problems, post-traumatic stress disorder, a serious brain injury, or any other serious injury or illness can join a workshop. To participate in the online VA Building Better Caregivers™ program, the caregiver or the care recipient must be enrolled in VA Healthcare.

How Do I Sign Up?

Caregivers of veterans or caregivers that are also a veterans interested in Building Better Caregivers™ should contact a local Caregiver Support Coordinator at their local VA Medical Center by using the VA zip code finder.

How Can My Organization Offer Building Better Caregivers™?

Senior Centers and community organization interested in offering Building Better Caregivers™ Program at their facility can email