3 Ways to Practise Mindfulness with the Elderly

3 Ways to Practise Mindfulness with the Elderly

User Profile By Molly Wisniewski   United States

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Offering meditation and other mindfulness activities like yoga or relaxation sessions are great ways to reduce stress and anxiety for seniors.

Offering meditation and other mindfulness activities like yoga or relaxation sessions are great ways to reduce stress and anxiety for seniors.

Care Homes are active environments and leave little space for privacy which makes calming anxiety and stress difficult for many living in a care home setting. Mindfulness can be easily incorporated into the day to day routine for residents and should be on the activities calendar at least once a day.

In this article we cover:

  • Mindful Body Scan and Seated Meditation
  • Mindful Eating
  • Meditation Music

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Salena 24th Apr 2019 Development Worker
Mindful body scan and seated meditation are a great activity. Something I will be doing with my clients for sure
Molly 29th Apr 2019 Activity Professional & Writer
I would love to hear how the activity goes for you, Salena! Thank you for your comment.
Tricia 23rd Apr 2019 Occupational Therapy Assistant
I am a deep believer in the power of deep breathing practices, having been thoroughly trained in this and in Kundalini Yoga. Most people 'shallow' breathe when stressed or when inactive. Oxygen is needed by all bodily systems and if we aren't getting it, we suffer. Deep breathing also relaxes and I have given deep breathing exercises to someone who definitely benefits from this - in fact the first time I got her to do a simple breathing practice, she fell asleep afterwards! A witness was stunned. Not me, I replied, it is the power of deep breathing. Perhaps I will post this technique later. I am glad to see Yoga and breathing exercises like this post. It does bring power back to the people. Thank you.
Molly 29th Apr 2019 Activity Professional & Writer
Thank you, Tricia, for sharing your experience and background. I love Kundalini yoga and find it fascinating that you practiced. So happy to hear you are bringing these types of practices to your residents.
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