Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Older Adults: A Review of the Effects on Physical and Emotional Well-being

Paul J Geiger, Ian A Boggero, C Alex Brake, Carolina A Caldera, Hannah L Combs, Jessica R Peters, Ruth A Baer

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Abstract

This comprehensive review examined the effects of mindfulness-based interventions on the physical and emotional wellbeing of older adults, a rapidly growing segment of the general population. Search procedures yielded 15 treatment outcome studies meeting inclusion criteria. Support was found for the feasibility and acceptability of mindfulness-based interventions with older adults. Physical and emotional wellbeing outcome variables offered mixed support for the use of mindfulness-based interventions with older adults. Potential explanations of mixed findings may include methodological flaws, study limitations, and inconsistent modifications of protocols. These are discussed in detail and future avenues of research are discussed, emphasizing the need to incorporate geriatric populations into future mindfulness-based empirical research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)296-307
Number of pages12
JournalMindfulness
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2016

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