Mindfulness & Aging

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Aging with Grace and Resilience

You may have heard the phrase “getting old isn’t for sissies”. While the phrase attests to the real challenges of aging, there is more to aging than that. Tending to our health and vibrancy is important to our well-being but struggling against the unavoidable effects of aging is counter-productive. We do grow old, infirm and eventually die. Mindfulness practice can help us become more joyful, appreciative of life as it is now and cultivate compassion and resilient in the face of challenges.

Research on mindfulness with aging adults shows improvement with attention and memory, decreases in anxiety and depression, and positive benefit in regards to pain.

In this 6-week course we’ll address the inevitable truths of aging and explore how wakefulness, curiosity, acceptance, equanimity and compassionate self-care can be a path to awakening.

Finding resources beyond going to extremes to maintain the appearance of youth or pushing vehemently to deny aging are essential.

This 6-week course will be offered only once in 2019. Space is limited to 25 participants.

Start date for the course is May 24th, 2019 from 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

This course costs $400 and consists of six classes which meet every other week. Dates are listed below.

Micki Fine, M.Ed., L.P.C., founder of Mindful Living, certified mindfulness meditation instructor and licensed counselor in Houston, Texas will conduct this highly participatory and practical course.

Course participants can expect:

  • Exploration of mindfulness practice and it can help us rise to the challenges of aging and live life fully.

  • Instruction in, practice of and discussion about several mindfulness meditations, including gentle mindful yoga

  • Group dialogue and discussion about mindfulness practice, aging challenges and how our judgment and preconceived ideas affect how we age.

  • Cultivation of the experience of belonging and resting in the kindness of others.

  • Weekly emailed assignments & resources

  • Downloadable MP3s - 3 hrs+ of guided meditation including the Body Scan, mindful yoga/stretching, sitting meditation and others.

Meeting dates:

Class #1 - May 24th 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Class #2 - June 7th 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Class #3 - June 21st 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Class #4 - July 5th 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Class #5 - July 19th 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Class #6 - August 2nd 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Research studying mindfulness and aging indicates that engaging in mindfulness meditation improves the maintenance of goal-directed visuospatial attention and may be a useful strategy for counteracting cognitive decline associated with aging. In general researchers indicate that, while research is still in its infancy and there are some research shows contradictory results, there is optimism about the positive effect of mindfulness. Follow this link to investigate further through Google Scholar.