Mindfulness involves training the attention to savour the present moment, concentrating on the here and now. Innovations in Dementia CIC have funding from the Sir Halley Stewart Trust for a second “Mindfulness for people with dementia” project, which will involve testing mindfulness approaches for use by people with dementia. Mindfulness course materials will be re-written, placing less emphasis on cognitive skills. The mindfulness approach will be tested on different groups. The collection of health and quality of life outcomes data should provide more evidence about the effectiveness of mindfulness for people with dementia and may fuel a larger research project on this topic.
Mindfulness for people with dementia – second project. Exeter: Brain Waves [Innovations in Dementia CIC Newsletter], Issue 75 June 2014. p.2.
The original one-year mindfulness project was carried-out with Positive Ageing Associates. It investigated whether mindfulness helps people with dementia, using mindfulness course materials called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Approaches, and difficulties, in teaching mindfulness meditation to people with dementia were studied.
Mindfulness for People With Dementia Project: Part 1 was discussed earlier:
Mindfulness and dementia. Exeter: Brain Waves [Innovations in Dementia CIC Newsletter], Issue 68 November 2013. p.2.
This relates to:
Mindfulness and dementia: report of a pilot study. Executive Summary. Exeter: Innovations in Dementia CIC / Positive Ageing Associates, November 15th 2013.
The full project report is also available:
Leader, G. Litherland, R. [and] Mason, T. [et al] (2014). Mindfulness and dementia: report of a pilot study. A joint project by Innovations in Dementia and Positive Ageing Associates. Exeter: Innovations in Dementia CIC / Positive Ageing Associates, [November 2013] December 23rd 2013.
Note: The Innovations in Dementia Community Interest Company maintains a web page listing previous issues of the Brain Waves newsletter.
[A version of this item features in Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 12, July 2014].