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Mindfulness-Based Elder Care

SKU# 9780826115119

A CAM Model for Frail Elders and Their Caregivers

Author: Lucia McBee LCSW, MPH


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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.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date March 21, 2008
  • Page Count 240
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826115119
  • EISBN 9780826115294

Table of Contents 

    Foreword by Saki F. Santorelli
    Section I. Foundations

  1. A Box for Father: Healthcare and Nursing Homes

  2. What is Healthcare?
    Trends in Aging and Healthcare
    What are the Alternatives?
    Elements of Care Provision
    What we value
  3. Learning from the Inside Out: Mind-Body and Mindfulness-Based Interventions

  4. Mind-Body Medicine Overview
    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Other Mindfulness-Based Programs
    Mindfulness Practices
    Other Informal Practices
    Embracing Our Stress
  5. Knock, Knock: Complementary and Alternative Medicine

  6. Aromatherapy
    Hand massage
    Creative therapy
    Other CAM Modalities
    Section II. Practical Applications of Mindfulness-Based Elder Care for Frail Elders

    Poem: Meadowbrook Nursing Home
  7. The Sound of One Hand Clapping: Mindfulness-Based Elder Care

  8. Teaching Mindfulness to Elders
    What Are the Issues
    Clinical Work With Older Adults
    Overview of MBEC Groups
  9. Imagine This: Mindfulness-Based Elder Care For Frail Elders in the Nursing Home

  10. Overview
    Group Format
    Considerations: Environmental
    Considerations: Population
    Measuring Results: MBEC Research
  11. Drifting Away From My Head to My Heart: Mindfulness-Based Elder Care for Elders With Dementia

  12. What Do We Know About Dementia?
    Communication With Persons With Dementia
    Behaviors Accompanying dementia
    Group Leader MBEC groups
    Complementary and Alternative Interventions on a Dementia Unit
    The Florence V. Burden Study on the Dementia Unit
  13. Got to Go Through the Door: Mindfulness-Based Elder Care for Isolated Elders and Palliative Care

  14. Freedom and the Five Remembrances
    Isolated Elders in the Nursing Home
    End-of-life Care
    Homebound Elders
  15. Dance Like Nobody is Watching: Mindfulness-Based Elder Care and Creativity

  16. Visual Arts
    Poetry and Words
    Movement and Music
    Taste and Smell
    Use of Nature
    Section III. Caregivers

  17. Who Will Take Care Of Us? An Overview Of Mindfulness-Based Elder Care For Caregivers

  18. Informal Caregivers
    Formal Caregivers
    Mindfulness Groups for Formal and Informal Caregivers
    Mindfulness-Based Elder Care
  19. Riding the Waves: Mindfulness-Based Elder Care for Informal Caregivers

  20. Overview of class
    Formal Practices
    Informal Practice
    Endings and Ongoing Practice
    Caregiver Mindfulness Group Research
  21. Learning to Take Care of Myself: A 7-Week Mindfulness-Based Elder Care Course

  22. Overview of Caregiver Course
    Course Highlights
  23. Introduction to Stress Reduction for Professional Caregivers: A 1-Hour Class and Other Options for Staff

  24. Professional Caregiving
    A 1-Hour Stress Reduction Program
    Staff Psychoeducational Presentation on Stress
    Experiential Exercises
    Alternate Options for Short Stress Reduction Sessions
    Section IV. Conclusions

  25. Walking with Tigers

  26. Defining Aging
    Caring For Elders, Caring For Ourselves
    For You
    Section V. Appendix

    A. Mindfulness-Based Elder Care Yoga
    B. Guided Meditations
    C. Aromatherapy
    D. Brief Stress Reduction Session Ideas
    E. Handouts For Staff Stress Reduction
    F. Selected Bibliography and Web Sites