The Mind Body Connection
Research has shown promising results for mindfulness-based interventions to benefit people with dementia and caregivers. Recent studies report significant findings and trends including –
- a reduction in cognitive decline
- reduction in perceived stress
- increase in quality of life
- positive changes to brain structure
- increase in relaxation, awareness, acceptance, and resilience
In dementia, mindfulness can help the individual to reduce worry about being forgetful or confused.
- It helps focus on what they can do now and on breathing as a relaxation technique and a distraction.
- It helps people to feel less overwhelmed by all that is happening around them and can help them to cope when feeling anxious or worried.
For family members Mindfulness practice can help you develop inner calm helping you to cope more effectively, strengthening your resilience and often then responding more wisely to the ups and downs of caring for your loved one.
Through Memory Nurture, mindfulness is applied in a dementia friendly way, meaning the approach is adapted to how you or your loved one is in that moment. Our mindfulness trained OT can help you or your loved one to learn and practice this technique either individually or within a small group.