Is Aging a Disease? Mental Health Issues and Approaches for Elders and Caregivers

  • Lucia McBeeEmail author
  • Patricia Bloom
Part of the Advances in Mental Health and Addiction book series (AMHA)


Aging, illness, loss, and death are part of life. Mindfulness offers an important perspective on these inevitable facts of life. Western medical innovations have extended the life trajectory, resulting in a greater prevalence of chronic diseases, often accompanied by pain. Mindfulness interventions have demonstrated effectiveness in ameliorating chronic conditions, cognitive decline and pain, and problems disproportionately impacting elders and often leading to emotional distress. Mindfulness interventions have also provided skills to alleviate the stress of caregiving, an essential component of the well-being of frail elders. In this chapter, we will describe the most common mental health problems for elders and caregivers, as well as adaptations of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) to provide relief.


Frail elders Caregivers Mindfulness-based interventions Mindfulness-based stress reduction Older adults 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Columbia University School of Social WorkNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Mt. Sinai School of MedicineNew YorkUSA

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