Facilitating mindfulness-based interventions for anxiety in older people: History, effectiveness, and future possibilities

Catherine Hungerford, Sharon Hills, Catelyn Richards, Tracy Robinson, Danny Hills

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Abstract

The origins of mindfulness go back some 25 centuries to Eastern teachings, including Buddhism and Hinduism. Mindfulness-based interventions gained credence in Western mental health settings in the late 1970s through the work of medical researcher Kabat-Zinn, whose interest in Eastern meditation led him to develop a program for stress reduction. Since then, mindfulness-based interventions have been utilized for various populations, including older people with anxiety. Group mindfulness-based interventions have demonstrated benefits for older people with anxiety living in residential aged care and the community. In primary care settings, innovative delivery models for group mindfulness-based interventions could be facilitated by nurses to support older people with anxiety to age in place with dignity. The benefits of mindfulness-based interventions suggest the value of integrating ancient Eastern techniques with modern Western strategies to achieve better health outcomes for older people with mental health concerns.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1014-1021
Number of pages8
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Volume43
Issue number11
Early online date02 Sept 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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