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Mindfully Caring for Elders
May 20, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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. Mindfulness practice teaches us to respond to the challenges of caring for elders, and others, with a special steadiness of mind, so the demands of caregiving do not overwhelm us. Crucial, too, will be exploring techniques focusing on self-care, thereby ensuring that one’s storehouses of compassion do not become depleted, at the times when they are needed the most.