Mindfulness for Every One

Elders

Frail elders at home or in the nursing home cope with trauma, loss, disability, pain, and life-threatening illness. Mindfulness groups and practices foster an awareness of life, moment by moment, allowing elders to face illness, pain, and loss with increased presence and equanimity. Despite living with multiple serious medical conditions, communication challenges, and cognitive loss, elders often report that meditation helps them remember their spiritual roots and, when they meditate in groups, their connection to others. Mindfulness may provide solace, support, pain reduction, and even diminished agitation for those with dementia. In this society, and especially in institutional settings, older adults are constantly reminded of their losses and their disability. In mindfulness practice, they find their inner strengths and resources.

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