An adapted mindfulness-based stress reduction program for elders in a continuing care retirement community: Quantitative and qualitative results from a pilot randomized controlled trial

Aleezé S. Moss, Diane K. Reibel, Jeffrey M. Greeson, Anjali Thapar, Rebecca Bubb, Jacqueline Salmon, Andrew B. Newberg

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to test the feasibility and effectiveness of an adapted 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program for elders in a continuing care community. This mixed-methods study used both quantitative and qualitative measures. A randomized waitlist control design was used for the quantitative aspect of the study. Thirty-nine elderly were randomized to MBSR (n = 20) or a waitlist control group (n = 19), mean age was 82 years. Both groups completed pre-post measures of health-related quality of life, acceptance and psychological flexibility, facets of mindfulness, self-compassion, and psychological distress. A subset of MBSR participants completed qualitative interviews. MBSR participants showed significantly greater improvement in acceptance and psychological flexibility and in role limitations due to physical health. In the qualitative interviews, MBSR participants reported increased awareness, less judgment, and greater self-compassion. Study results demonstrate the feasibility and potential effectiveness of an adapted MBSR program in promoting mind-body health for elders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)518-538
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 4 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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