Mindful Aging Program

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

We offer Goddard House residents instruction in mind-body techniques to develop peace of mind and to cope with mental health and the physical challenges of aging. The Mindful Aging program is based on the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course developed at UMass Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness and is offered at Goddard as a two 8-week courses (90 minutes per session) with a certified instructor specializing in work with older adults.

The ability to quiet the mind eases the impact of stress on the physical body and slows the progression of dementia. We are lucky to have as our instructor Bob Linscott, MTS, an MBSR teacher at The Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School and has been working in the field of aging at The Fenway Institute in Boston for over 10 years.

Join Us For A Class!

Participants receive an introduction to mindfulness meditation, body scanning and simple yoga postures, all of which can be adapted to the needs of a specific individual or population. With roots in Buddhist meditation, the course may also address dealing with difficult emotions and physical pain.

We open a few seats in the class to the public, which adds a new energy and dynamic to the course, as well as additional perspectives. Contact us to find out when our next course starts!

Participant Testimonials:

“At first, I couldn’t keep my mind quiet for more than 2 seconds, it was so full or needless worries. Now, over a year later, I can’t imagine how I survived so long without meditation.”

– Mindful Aging Class Participant

“Mindful Aging made me more aware of my environment and my physical presence. I don’t try to do two things at once anymore. I pause. That’s helped prevent me from falls.”

– Mindful Aging Class Participant