"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.
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