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Mindfully Caring for Elders
November 5, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Audience: All Benefits-Eligible Faculty and Staff.
Prerequisites: Either you have attended an “Introduction to Mindfulness” workshop at Harvard; you have completed “The Basics” course on the Ten Percent Happier app (available for free to all benefits-eligible faculty and staff); or you have a well-established personal mindfulness practice. For more info about these prerequisites, visit: hr.harvard.edu/mindfulness.
Description: Our parents, older relatives, and other elders in our lives provide a rich source of wisdom, comfort, companionship, and connectedness with our history. But there are also times when the challenges of caring for an individual entering the later stages of life can seem anything but joyous. And if we are simultaneously caring for our own children—especially in exceptional circumstances, when resources are limited, routines are disrupted, and uncertainty abounds—then the strain may become difficult to manage. Tara Healey teaches us mindfulness practice to respond to the challenges of caring for elders and others with a special steadiness of mind, so caregiving demands do not overwhelm us. Participants will also be exploring techniques focusing on self-care, thereby ensuring that their storehouses of compassion do not become depleted when needed the most.