Northwestern University researchers recently showed that people with memory loss also benefit from mindfulness training — and they can attend the same sessions as their caregivers. Study participants took a class designed to meet the needs of both patients with memory loss and their caregivers. Both gained individual benefits, and the training also helped with their day-to-day relationship. Study co-author Prof. Sandra Weintraub said, “One of the major difficulties that individuals with dementia and their family members encounter is that there is a need for new ways of communicating due to the memory loss and other changes in thinking and abilities. The practice of mindfulness places both participants in the present and focuses on positive features of the interaction, allowing for a type of connection that may substitute for the more complex ways of communicating in the past.” The study appeared in the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias.
Source: Informed Eldercare Decisions in association with IlluminAge.