Most of us are aware that mindfulness can be a highly therapeutic tool that allows people to overcome daily stresses. Did you know, however, that mindfulness is particularly beneficial for older adults?

A Fresh Approach to Ageing

In recent years, academics have explored how mindfulness can positively benefit older adults. This has led to the development of a new practice called “mindful ageing”. This takes some of the key concepts of mindfulness and looks at how they can be applied to make for a more positive ageing experience. As such, mindful ageing offers a useful coping tool that can help older adults to deal with the challenges and changes that occur as part of the ageing process.

The Benefits of Mindful Ageing

Studies have linked mindful with numerous health benefits including better sleep, improved memory, lower anxiety levels, and lower blood pressure. It can also be used to help people who suffer from chronic illnesses to develop their coping skills. 

5 Easy Ways to Fit Mindfulness into Your Everyday Routine

1. Dedicate ten minutes a day to mindful meditation.  

2. When you are upset by something, try to accept it, then let it go. 

3. When feeling stressed, take a brief mindful pause to focus on your breath. 

4. Keep a healthy diet, maintain a regular sleep schedule, and exercise frequently. 

5. Throw yourself into the local community and socialise.

Want to Learn More About Mindful Ageing?

If you are curious about mindful ageing and would like to learn more, take a look at the below infographic from Be Independent Home Care. This helpful guide features a jargon-free summary of mindful ageing and explores its many benefits for older adults.

Alice Lucey
I am the Co-Founder and Director of Be Independent Home Care, an Irish company that provides one-to-one assistance and support to elderly clients in their own homes to help them maintain their independence and individuality.