Wisdom Mind: Mindfulness for Cognitively Healthy Older Adults and Those With Subjective Cognitive Decline, Participant Workbook

ISBN : 9780197510124

Colette M. Smart
88 Pages
216 x 279 mm
Pub date
Aug 2021
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Wisdom Mind is a scientifically tested mindfulness program for older adults - those who are cognitively healthy, as well as those who may be experiencing what is referred to as subjective cognitive decline. While mindfulness is already known to benefit a wide variety of individuals, the unique strengths of this program are the ways in which it is tailored specifically to older adults. Session content is keyed to common concerns of older adults (such as cognitive slip-ups, loss, and grief), and incorporates strategies for building upon mindfulness practices in a sequence of increasing difficulty as well as strategies to promote learning and integration. Designed to be used alongside the companion Facilitator Guide, this session-by-session Participant Workbook provides detailed information on how to take part in the program, as well as the reasoning behind why certain practices and strategies are provided at different times and in different ways. As such, it will be of interest to those familiar with mindfulness as well as those new to the practice. A companion website provides downloadable meditation audio recordings that participants can access throughout the program.


Chapter 1: Session 1: Introduction to the Program
Chapter 2: Session 2: Noticing Slip-Ups
Chapter 3: Session 3: Noticing Slips and Falls
Chapter 4: Session 4: Paying Attention to the Commentator
Chapter 5: Session 5: Reacting versus Responding
Chapter 6: Session 6: Bringing Mindfulness to Our Relationships
Chapter 7: Session 7: Be Your Own Meditation Instructor and Daylong Retreat
Chapter 8: Session 8: Final Session: Taking the Practice Forward

About the author: 

Colette M. Smart, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology and a member of the Graduate Faculty in the CPA-Approved Doctoral Training Program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She has also been a core member of the Subjective Cognitive Decline Initiative, an international working group of clinician-researchers focused on subjective cognitive decline. Dr. Smart has also been practicing and teaching various forms of mindfulness for well over twenty years, and is particularly interested in tailoring mindfulness to individuals with various forms of cognitive impairment.

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