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Practicing mindfulness in aged care settings

Thursday, May 28, 2020

What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the practice of being fully aware and engaged with what you are doing in the present moment. It involves accepting and acknowledging your present state, such as where you are, what you are doing and the sensations you are currently experiencing.

Mindfulness is a powerful tool for health and wellbeing at any age and can provide a way for carers in aged care to help the elderly find peace within themselves.

Practicing mindfulness in aged care

The many benefits of mindfulness

Mindfulness has been shown to deliver a range of physical and/or psychological benefits such as:

✓ Relieve stress

✓ Reduce anxiety

✓ Promote happiness

✓ Improve focus

✓ Lower blood pressure

✓ Relieve pain

✓ Improve sleep

✓ Encourage calm

Why is mindfulness important for older individuals?

Focusing on the present is challenging for anyone, and unsurprisingly many seniors can tend to spend a lot of time thinking about the past and worrying about the future.

Mindfulness enables older individuals to have the ability to shift their mental state into the present to reconnect with themselves and their surroundings.

In addition to the benefits above, research has even shown that mindfulness in aged care could help to prevent dementia, slow its progress, reduce dementia-related stress and improve quality of life.

Incorporating mindfulness in aged care

Mindfulness is a simple way for carers to support health and wellbeing in aged care and disability settings. It is simple to incorporate and doesn’t require any additional tools, so you can do it anywhere and at any time.

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