Lucia's Vision

Lucia’s belief and passion

center on bringing mindfulness practices to all populations and wide variety of settings. The benefits of mindfulness practices prove to be effective for many living with stress, pain and chronic conditions. Pioneered in 1979 by Jon Kabat Zinn, the highly utilized and researched Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) introduced the practices of mindfulness, yoga, meditation and paying attention to wide swaths of the population. 


Yet access to the benefits of MBSR often requires modifications for underserved populations, including those with cognitive and physical challenges, educational and economic differences. Currently mindfulness teachers and clinicians continue to evolve these teachings using language, images, conceptual and visual representations that are more diverse and inclusive. 


Based on personal practice, professional experience and research, Lucia conveys the fundamentals of mindfulness and MBSR to populations unable to participate in traditional programs. Whether shortening or adapting the practices, embodying the essence or non-verbally communicating the exercises, Lucia brings mindfulness to clients with impaired cognition or at the end of life; caregivers with little time or energy; resistant or hesitant participants. In addition, she now shares her knowledge and insights with clinicians interested in adapting mindfulness for themselves and their settings. Mindfulness is for Every One!

This mindfulness movement, “may actually be the only promise the species and the planet have for making it through the next couple hundred years.” 

~ Jon Kabat-Zinn in a recorded interview on Insights at the Edge

Lucia's Manual & Articles

Mindfulness-Based Elder Care by Lucia McBee

Mindfulness-Base Elder Care: A CAM model for Frail Elders and their Caregivers

"She shares with us her gold - the conception, trial and error implementation, and initial scientific investigation of a new, educationally-oriented treatment approach that she has named mindfulness-based elder care (MBEC)." - from the Foreword by Saki Santorelli, EdD, MA, Associate Professor of Medicine, Executive Director, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society University of Massachusetts Medical School.


Drawing on years of experience as a geriatric social worker and mindfulness-based stress reduction practitioner, the author has taken Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program and adapted it to the particular needs of elders, their families, and professional caregivers. Mindfulness practices focus on abilities, rather than disabilities, in order to provide paths to the inner strengths and resources that we all possess. McBee's Mindfulness-Based Elder Care conveys the benefits of mindfulness through meditation, gentle yoga, massage, aromatherapy, humor, and other creative therapies to this special population. She provides clear, concise instructions for her program, as well as a wealth of anecdotal and experiential exercises, to help readers at all levels of experience. Hers is the first book to fully explore the value of mindfulness models for frail elders and their caregivers.


Features of this groundbreaking volume include:

  • Valuable tips for establishing programs to address each population's specific needs and restrictions
  • Designed for short classes or 8-week courses
  • Detailed experiential exercises for the reader
  • Replete with case studies
  • Clear, easy-to-follow instructions for elders and caregivers at all levels

This innovative book is suitable for use with a variety of populations such as nursing home residents with physical and cognitive challenges, community-dwelling elders, direct-care staff, and non-professional caregivers.

Lucia's Manual & Articles

Mindfulness-Based Elder Care. New York: Springer Publications. Now available at Springer Publications and on Amazon.  


CAM Burden Manuel: Aromatherapy in the Nursing Home: Practical applications based on a one- year research project. Lombardo, A. and McBee, L. (2008)  You can download a copy at the bottom of this page.


Bober, S., McClellan, E., McBee, L., Westreich, L. (2002). The Feelings Art Group: A vehicle for personal expression in skilled nursing home residents with dementia. Journal of Social Work in Long-Term Care. 1:4


Lantz, M. S., Buchalter, E. N., McBee, L. (1997). The Wellness Group: A novel intervention for coping with disruptive behavior in elderly nursing home residents. The Gerontologist. 37: 4. 


Epstein-Lubow, G.  McBee, L., Darling, E., Armey, M., Miller, I.W., A Pilot Investigation of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Caregivers of Frail Elderly (2011). Mindfulness. 2: 2Pp: 95-102


McBee, L. (2016). Look at me: Teaching mindfulness to frail elders and their caregivers. In D. McGown, D., Reibel, D. & Micozzi, M.S. (Eds.) Resources for Teaching Mindfulness. New York: Springer.


McBee, L. & Bloom, P. (2015) Is aging a disease? Mental health issues and approaches for elders and caregivers. In Shonin, E. Y., Van Gordon W. & Griffiths, M. D.(Eds.), Mindfulness and other Buddhist-Derived Approaches in Mental Health and Addiction. New York: Springer. 


McBee, L. (2014). I am sure to grow old: Mindfulness Based Elder Care. In Baer, R. (Ed.) Mindfulness Based Treatment Approaches: A clinicians guide to evidence base and applications, Second edition. London: Elsevier.


McBee, L. (2012). “A special feeling”: Mindfulness-based elder care. Nursing & Residential Care. 14: 2.


McBee, L. (2011). The doctor within. In Altilio, T. & Otis-Green, S. (Eds.), Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work. New York: Oxford University Press


McBee, L. (2010) Complementary and alternative approaches. Pp. 213-248. In Geriatric Mental Health Disaster and Emergency Preparedness. Toner, J. A, Mierswa, T. M. and Howe, J. L. (Eds.) New York: Springer.


McBee, L. (2009) Mindfulness Based Elder Care: Communicating mindfulness to frail elders and their caregivers. Pp: 431-446. In Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness. Didonna, F. (Ed.) New York: Springer.


McBee, L. (2008) Mindfulness-Based Elder Care. New York: Springer Publishing.


McBee, L., Westreich, L., Likourezos, A. (2004). A psychoeducational relaxation group for pain and stress management in the nursing home. Journal of Social Work in Long Term Care.3:1.


McBee, L. (2003). Complementary and alternative medicine interventions for nursing home residents.Clinical Geriatrics .11:12 and (2004) Annals of Long Term Care: Clinical Care and Aging.12:4.


McBee, L. (2003). Mindfulness practice with the frail elderly and their caregivers: Changing the practitioner-patient relationship. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation 19:4.


McBee, L. (2016). Look at me: Teaching mindfulness to frail elders and their caregivers. In D. McGown, D., Reibel, D. & Micozzi, M.S. (Eds.) Resources for Teaching Mindfulness. New York: Springer. 


McBee, L. & Bloom, P. (2015) Is aging a disease? Mental health issues and approaches for elders and caregivers. In Shonin, E. Y., Van Gordon W. & Griffiths, M. D.(Eds.), Mindfulness and other Buddhist-Derived Approaches in Mental Health and Addiction. New York: Springer. 


Testimonials

"Thank you for an incredible

training/retreat last week. It was exactly what I needed, and I have already been sharing some of the exercises and skills in client sessions and staff supervisions. I am the clinical director for a program that runs 8 counseling enriched classrooms on public school campuses in Northern California (Easy Bay Area)…I really appreciated your attention to social justice, self-practice, and preventing staff burnout, I think you [are] a phenomenal trainer." July 2018 PESI participant

"Lucia's extensive experience

in the healthcare field combined with her firm grasp on how to apply and teach simple yet powerful alternative medicine techniques is what makes Lucia a leader in the wellness programming."   

~ Amy Lombardo, Certified Yoga Instructor, Life Coach, and Wellness Counselor  

"What a difference!

The knowing that had been theoretical suddenly became very real for me.  The connection between mindful presence and vitality of life had never been clearer."

~ July 2018 PESI Participant

"Dear Lucia:

Your guidance and your wonderful tape kept me alive and helped me to become the real person I am today. Without your help I never would have reached my 90th birthday. And had the courage to get on a plane after my dear son passed and go to Florida where I am going to live."  

~ Dorothy C., 90 year old participant in the Wellness by telephone group

"There are many things

 I learned in this group that I can and will apply and live with the rest of my life."   

~ Family Caregiver 

"It’s hard to believe it was only a week ago

that we were ending our retreat.  It was a wonderful, powerful experience for me.  I’m truly grateful [to you both] for creating such a wonderful learning environment."

~ July 2018 PESI Participant