Programs Designed for You
The programs in this section have been designed to help promote health and well being for our Senior clients. While many people may not think of these as therapy, they have been found to be especially helpful in providing comfort, peace of mind, and social opportunities, which are all based in a holistic therapeutic program.
Mindfulness Training and Practice
With Mindfulness, the participant learns to bring his or her attention into the present moment, learning that that is the only time/space that really exists. By focusing on the here and now, one can let go of the problems and pains of the past (which no longer exist) and not dread the future, which also does not exist. Being able to bring your focus to the present and to live only in the present enables a remarkable sense of peace and freedom.
How it works
Mindfulness is something anyone can learn and participate in. It is a therapeutic tool that is exceptionally useful in senior residence communities because it can be achieved without boundaries due to physical limitations or health conditions. Mindfulness has been also been shown to be very effective in these communities, by helping residents cope with and reduce stress, depression, adjustment problems, and many mental health concerns.
Meditation is a state of intended deep relaxation with the purpose of silencing and calming the mind. According to a research study at UCLA in 2012, elderly people, ages 55-65, who learned and practiced meditation for at least 30 minutes a day for an 8-week study, were more likely to have reduced feelings of loneliness and an increase in their immune system function as compared to elderly people who didn’t meditate (Brain, Behavior and Immunity. UCLA. Aug. 2012. Another study showed that Yogic meditation involving chanting was shown to reduce stress in persons caring for patients with Alzheimer’s disease (Dr. H Lavretsky, UCLA. Aug. 2012).
How it works
Meditation is practiced not only to reduce stress and increase immune system functioning, but it is also effective in:
- Lowering blood pressure
- Decreasing anxiety
- Improving sleep
- Helping with pain management
- Increasing mental acuity
- Increasing peacefulness
- Increasing overall happiness and well being
At participating residences, we also offer social events that are designed to engage the participants in fun, therapeutic, and stimulating activities. These activities are hosted by the Silver Linings’ team and led by the therapy staff. Social events enjoyed by our current communities include:
“Bingo with a Twist” which is a game sponsored by Silver Linings with prizes (sugar and sugar free candies, stationery, calendars, etc.).
“Night Cap Social” an event where the residents can relax and join together and enjoy a small glass of wine and/or other spirits (if approved and provided by the retirement community) and play team-building activities such as a modified version of Taboo.